How the Office 365 intranet website migration affects you

You have likely seen the memo or heard about plans to migrate the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) intranet site (VBCPS.com) to Office 365. That transition will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 21, and conclude Jan. 1, 2019.

Technology Director David Din says this isn’t an Office 365 switchover per se. “What we’re doing is moving all of our internal SharePoint sites from VBCPS servers to Microsoft’s servers,” he explains.“Our current installation of SharePoint is hosted on VBCPS servers at our datacenter at the School Plant building. Microsoft also provides the SharePoint software hosted on their servers in their datacenters.”

The switch offers some cost advantages, and the division will be enjoying a newer version of SharePoint.

During the migration, you will still be able to access VBCPS.com as read-only, meaning that existing content and files will be available, but you cannot modify that content or add anything new.

When you return from winter break and turn on your computer, there will be slight visual differences to some intranet websites, but functionally, everything will be the same. You do not need to change your password. You will not lose any archived material. Email will not change.

If you access VBCPS from a mobile device, you may notice some slight differences both visually and functionally.

If you do have any problems with or questions about the Office 365 transition, Din encourages you to contact the Department of Technology Customer Service Center at 757-263-1111.

“We’re always here to help.”

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