Distribution group migration from on prem to Exchange Online and Online management migration
Azure AD Connect is a great way to keep things on prem syncing with the cloud. It seems there are a few missing features that to me seem like they should be so basic that they should have been included from the start. First off, Distribution group migrations, this needs to be a thing; even if we have to start a new group migration batch, just like we did for regular mailboxes, and finalize the sync to the cloud.
What Administrators need is the ability for someone to have a group membership in Active Directory, that will copy over to a new user, so that when someone new comes into the same role, they will have all their group memberships, including distribution groups, in place and ready to go. Alternatively, template accounts would work as well.
Next we need the ability to migrate the MANAGEMENT of users and groups in the cloud. There is no reason to force people to keep a dying exchange server up and running when you could easily allow a user to flip a switch and run some commands to relinquish control of managing a mailbox, distribution group, or any other feature, and allow the office 365 cloud to take "Ownership".
In fact, that was the plan of 100% of users who started a hybrid configuration and moved to your service in the first place. If I have to manage my users twice, then I may as well be using a competitor solution for online email, because that is basically the same thing, only much cheaper.
Philip Haglund commented
Check out my module on GitHub to migrate Distribution Groups https://github.com/PhilipHaglund/DistributionGroupMigration
We have on-prem nested distribution groups that we would like to migrate to office365. Currently, this option is not available. We would like to avoid recreating every single Dist Groups in Office365. Is this feature be available for future feature release?
Any update on this? What a waste of time if Distribution Group will re-create 1 by 1 to Exchange Online. Hope Microsoft may come up with the solution to migrate Distribution Group or work with Azure AD Connect to synchronize Distribution Group.
I am trying to migrate from Exchange 2013 on prem in a hybrid environment to 365. I tried the little upgrade icon for the distribution groups to 365. It shows no groups eligible for upgrade. I opened a support case with MS and the engineer set up an environment for testing and found the same issue. Why do they have an icon that doesn't let you upgrade from on prem to 365 distribution groups. The MS engineer said the only ones that showed up in his test environment as an eligle upgrade to 365 were ones he created in 365 - which IMHO makes the upgrade to 365 completely inane. That is like saying would you like me to paint your brand new blue car to the same color blue?
I have over 1000 distribution groups and owners are unable to modify its membership. we need to keep the hybrid environment and not migrate all the DL's to O365. So having O365 DL owners having the ability to modify the on prem DL membership would be great.