Perhaps we need a rethink...
Having a 12 month+ archive of emails.
There were a lot of other considerations that took place but I cant remember them all.
Email is misison critical to our business, and keeping it under our management just made sense
I've just moved our entire organisation over to live@edu including staff/teachers/governors and they are loving it so far.
With your ILM setup, inorder to create the staff users as mail users in live@edu, did you have to set the Teaching container as an OU to sync?
Yes, you simply select the teachers OU in ILM to sync as well. It determines the email address as whether it should create a mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if it should create them as mail-users (email@example.com)
There is a bit of extra configuration needed in ILM to get this working though, took me a good few hours on the phone with support getting it set up, but I thnk the docs I uploaded here have that covered, Im on Version 5 of my docs so cant remember the last I put up here. Ive literally not had to touch it in 15 months since setting it up. It "Just Works".
Feel free to PM me any time if you have any specific questions.
I will do so once I get back to work on Monday.
The only thing I added to v5 though was a chapter about deprovisioning accounts. By default, if a user gets moved out of an OU, the live@edu mailbox etc stays. I just documented about ways of changing that so if you move a user out the OU, it deprovisions (aka deletes!) the mailbox etc.
We did the move all in one go over 2 days.
We migrated the staff mailboxes manually (drag and drop from old to new account in outlook)
We didn't migrate students as it seemed pointless at the end of the year.
We also setup "out of office" replies on the old address to inform people of the change and left exchange running for 6 months with webmail accessible but no shortcut on peoples desktop.
just out of interest @zag, why didnt you just keep the same email addresses?
makes a lot of sense. Cheers.
On a side note, and unrelated to this thread completely, but what is all this 'academy' speak i hear of. Where I grew up in scotland, most of our state schools for seniors were called 'blah blah academy'
Money from central government used to be sent to the LEA who distributed it to all the schools in the area.
Being an academy now we get the money directly from government. It also gives us much more choice in how to run the school outside of the authority.
This means we basically get a lot of extra funding.