The University of Texas at Austin

Office 365

Project: Austin Exchange Messaging Service (AEMS) migration to Office 365

1/5/2015 - On December 12, 2014, AIC approved the recommendations of the AIC Calendaring and Email Subcommittee. With this endorsement, Phase 2 planning for migrations to Office365 is starting this month. The new Outlook for Mac is being released to faculty and staff using Office365 on January 6, 2015. Ad-hoc migrations of mailboxes will be considered on a case by case basis dependent upon business needs and may be requested via the Help and Service Desk. The Office365 team is working with individual departments on Exchange data remediation and Office365 pre-migration testing. If you are interested in assistance with either, please make a request via the Office365 project manager Sabina Winters.

Ongoing Updates: Office 365 Migration

Calendaring and Email Strategy Recommendation Summary

email and calendar

After almost a year of research, interviews, surveys and deliberation, the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC) approved the email and calendaring strategy recommended by the AIC subcommittee, to pursue a strategy of a single cloud-based platform for email and calendaring for business class users across the University of Texas at Austin, in order to deliver the functional requirements desired and needed by those users. Their recommendations and campus community feedback is available in the following documents:

Executive summary

The University of Texas has signed a contract with Microsoft which includes the option to use Microsoft’s Office 365 services. Office 365 includes Exchange Online, a Microsoft hosted email, calendaring and contact management service that may be accessed from a user’s PC, phone or web browser.

Austin Exchange Messaging Service (AEMS) is UT Austin’s Microsoft Exchange environment hosted on-campus. Due to the AEMS infrastructure updates and refreshes needed in FY13-14, having Microsoft host UT Austin’s Exchange services will result in a cost benefit. Improved features include built-in upgrades, continuous backups, enterprise-class spam and virus filtering, reliability, and availability.

It has been determined that Office 365 meets all university standards for security, accessibility and legal requirements.


Office 365 includes Exchange Online which has the same email, calendar and contacts features as our current on premise hosted Exchange service. The default mailbox size limit has been increased to 25GB.


Our goal is to migrate the entire campus to Office 365 as seamlessly as possible. A thorough test plan has been crafted to ensure functionality is in place as expected. The migration plan will move affiliated groups together to limit the amount of disruption. Our communication plan is structured and well thought out to ensure information is disseminated to users in a timely manner.


Our early adopters consist of a small group of TSC’s and the ITS department migrating on May 13. The campus wide migration will start the first week of June 2013.


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