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Home Server Hardware Unbooted, Office 365 Booted

I've been writing a lot about Office 365 because it's a work in progress. I want to see how the software is coming along as Microsoft smoothes out some of the kinks. And as many are contemplating the cloud, I want to share as many user experience as possible to help guide your decision.

I've already written a cover story based on the views of over a dozen Redmond Report readers (this is a good-un). Greg Shields wrote on why Office 365 may miss the small biz mark. And Don Jones chronicled his transition to Office 365.

Now Redmond columnist Brien Posey is using Office 365 not just to replace a big batch of on-premise applications running on a big rack, but also a little, old Windows Home Server.

The motivation for the move all came out due to a little crisis: While travelling, Posey's couldn't get to his home network. Thanks, clumsy construction crew.

Hmm, Posey thought, which goes down more: electric power and Internet service in his Ohio neighborhood, or the Internet itself?  May be time to give that cloud a try.

Posey, a seven-time Microsoft MVP, found the migration "process to be extremely tedious."

Despite the grind of getting going, Posey is pretty happy – well, mostly happy. After the transition, he got a lot more spam as he trained Forefront to spot the bad stuff that GFI's MailEssentials knew by heart.

The best thing about Office 365, which is what I also learned from Redmond Report readers, is that all the management tools and techniques you learned for on-premise pretty much work in the cloud. Sweet.

Is this mixed (though generally positive) review spot on? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/02/2012 at 1:19 PM


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