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Need Help Migrating Email to Microsoft 365?

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Do you need help when migrating your existing business email to Microsoft 365 (Formerly Office 365)? After your business has made the intelligent decision to switch email services from outdated POP3 and IMAP servers to Microsoft 365 and Exchange, you’ll need to determine a quick and reliable method to complete the transition. The goal is to avoid any email downtime for your business, so an IT professional should be hired who can assist you with seamlessly migrating your entire company email services from an old email server to Microsoft 365.

Here are some of the many steps that an IT professional will be able to assist you with during the move:

  • Determining the best Microsoft 365 licenses for your organization based on your anticipated usage scenarios
  • Gaining access to your DNS host and performing tests to determine if records can be modified in a timely fashion
  • Configuring the initial Microsoft 365 account and user details and generating passwords and licenses
  • Figuring out email forwarding scenarios, distribution groups, and other factors in advance
  • Determine which method of migration you will want to use, such as cutover, staged, etc. and making sure that the chosen method will not result in any downtime for the organization’s email
  • Configuring SPAM filters
  • Modifying the domain records and pointing MX records
  • Performing the live migration (usually done over a weekend)
  • Copying over all emails and other Outlook items to the new accounts
  • Testing the ability to send/receive in the new accounts
  • Installing MS 365 software to user machines and devices and testing
  • Integrating other aspects of Microsoft 365 into the organization
  • User training

There are a multitude of technical steps when moving your emails from an old email server such as GoDaddy, Gmail, Cpanel, an old web host, or other email services to Office 365 (Microsoft 365). Hiring an experienced IT professional to assist your business with the move can make everything easy on you, will be extremely effective and helpful, and will save your business time, money, and avoid potential downtime and errors with email performance in the future.

Email Migration

Migrating Email to Microsoft 365

my PC Techs has assisted hundreds of businesses with email migration from outdated servers to Office 365, now Microsoft 365, and Exchange Servers and can help you migrate and manage your Microsoft 365 accounts long after the migration is done. If you’d like help upgrading your email to MS 365 please give us a call.

 

Data Recovery for Files, Systems, Databases, and E-Mail

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Data RecoveryIn our previous blog we talked about the need to back up a variety of data and systems to protect your company’s most valuable resource, its’ data. But how, exactly, do you get that data back if it has been lost to a hardware or software malfunction, hacking, theft, server crash or even human error? Let’s take a look at different ways we can recover data that has been lost.

 

Four Data Recovery Methods

There are four main data recovery methods. Which of these you’ll need depends on many factors including, how was the data lost, do you have a working backup of the lost data, and whether or not the original equipment is still available.

Method One – Software File Recovery. File recovery, if previously enabled, is the easiest of the four data recovery methods. Many modern operating systems, such as Windows 10, can be configured to automatically save backup copies of files. This feature, called Previous Versions, creates a copy of a file and holds in a special backup storage area. In addition, server software such as Microsoft Exchange for example, have configurations where you can specify that backup emails should be retained for a certain period of days even after a user deletes them. Other software, such as Quickbooks or Microsoft Office, have features that automatically save or prompt you to save backup copies of databases and files each day. With a previously enabled file recovery feature setup in your software, restoring a lost file is sometimes as simple as right clicking on a folder to quickly browse through all files available for recovery.

Method Two – Restore from Backup. In some cases, restoring from backup is the only possible way to get your data back, especially in the event of theft or some types of hardware damage. Backup restoration is moderately difficult and there are two major factors that contribute to making restoration from backups so difficult. First, you must identify the method used to generate the backup and verify that you have a valid, recent backup containing the data you are looking for. Second, you must find a way to restore the data in a way that brings back data you need without destroying other working parts of the system in question. If everything lines up correctly meaning you have a recent, valid backup of the missing data, and you have the necessary equipment ready to restore it, restoring the data from backup can be accomplished quickly.

Method Three – Scanning for Lost Files. This is a highly advanced data recovery method and is only necessary when a backup isn’t available, file recovery is not enabled, but the original hardware is still working. With this method, various software tools, such as GetDataBack, are used to scan a hard drive and evaluate data fragments that have been lost but are still available to recover because they have not yet been overwritten. Unfortunately, this method is not guaranteed to recover lost data but has been known in some cases to help retrieve missing files.

Method Four – Clean Room Hard Drive Recovery. This is definitely the most advanced data recovery method and, sadly, is the last resort to restore missing data. This method is only necessary when all other methods have failed. File recovery was not setup, there are no recent backups, and scanning for lost files is unable to find any available files. This method is often the only way to recover data when a hard drive completely fails and a backup had not been made. In this method, the equipment is sent to a special processing lab where they attempt to physically extract data from a failed hard drive.

 

Preparing for Easy Data Recovery

As with everything in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to make sure we can recover all of our data in the event of data loss is to plan ahead. Proper data disaster planning involves setting up and maintaining all of the software and equipment so that the previously outlined steps work as intended. It means that, while everything is working correctly, we must configure file recovery options in our software, make sure that our data backups are running on a daily basis and backing up all important data, and secure our hardware and backups from theft and damage.

Hiring a competent IT firm such as My PC Techs to protect your data, systems, databases and e-mail ensures that you’ll have technology experts on hand who can keep your backups and data secure. In addition to evaluation and configuring data backups and security, another part of the data recovery process is practicing recovery – even when recovery isn’t required. Making sure you can recover data on a regular basis ensures that, when the worst-case scenario hits, down time is minimized and access is restored quickly.

Data Recovery Help for Your Business
Give us a call today at 602-456-0150 and we’ll come to your business and show you how we can eliminate the worry of data loss by installing the perfect backup and recovery systems for you. We look forward to the opportunity to help!

 

 

 

 


 


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