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Migrating to Exchange 2013
When it comes time to migrate to Exchange 2013, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask. What are you making the transition from, and why? What benefits will you expect from the migration? What level of assistance will be required?
Answering these questions provides a good base to start with, but having a trusted email migrations specialist at hand can help you dive deeper into the process and communicate the benefits across the entire organisation.
The level of expertise that is needed to ensure a smooth process will vary from project to project. One of the most crucial aspects about migrating to Exchange 2013 – and the potential work involved – will be the current platform you are using. Depending on the email platform, the transition may be simple or require multiple migrations to bridge the gap between them.
Below we’ll cover off a few of the most common migration requests we encounter, and the considerations that will need to be taken into account before, during and after the migration.
EXCHANGE 2003 TO EXCHANGE 2013
If you’re on the Exchange 2003 platform and wish to migrate directly to Exchange 2013, then you are unfortunately out of luck. Microsoft do not support a direct path for a migration from Exchange 2003 into 2013, so some extra work and transitional migration is required.
If your business is running on Exchange 2003 and you plan on migrating to Exchange 2013, you will typically need to first upgrade to Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010.
Because of this, then are a number of options available. One course of action that we recommend is to upgrade from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 for the interim, and perform a full migration over to Exchange 2013 at a later date.
At Email Migrations, we have received a number of requests to assist in migrating businesses from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013. If you are thinking about making the leap to a more powerful platform, then Exchange 2013 is a great choice.
If you want to know more about taking the first steps in an Exchange 2003 migration, our team would be happy to book a consultation and run you through the process.
OFFICE 365 TO EXCHANGE 2013
You may wonder why someone would wish to make the transition back from Office 365 to Exchange 2013. Interestingly, this request isn’t as uncommon as you may think. Dissatisfaction with Office 365 due to outages can lead to customer complaints and an inability for businesses to communicate. Returning to an on-site platform provides a greater level of reliability for demanding, customer-focused businesses.
While an Exchange 2003 migration will benefit the most from an interim transition, if you’re wanting to make the move back from Office 365, then the opposite is true. While basic coexistence of Office and Exchange 2013 is possible, this migration is best achieved through a rapid transition.
And what about the migration process itself? For many small businesses, downtime can cause a serious disconnect with your customers and staff. This is where we at Email Migrations can be of tremendous assistance, providing a method that is understood by everyone in your business and backed up with our extensive migration experience.
Our consultant expertise – migration specialists you can rely on
While these two scenarios display the polar opposite approaches required to migrate both platforms, there are a selection of other Exchange 2013 migration options that we can assist with, including:
- Exchange 2007 migration to Exchange 2013
- Exchange 2010 migration to Exchange 2013
- GroupWise migration to Exchange 2013
- Domino migration to Exchange 2013
If you don’t see your platform listed here, get in touch with our team today – our expertise covers all manner of migration projects.
Booking a consultation with Email Migrations
We have extensive real-world experience across multiple email migration projects. By implementing our email consulting services, you can rest assured that you will not only save money on your migration, but know that you’re working directly with trusted professionals, responsible for multiple high-level business transitions.
Through the many migrations we’ve successfully completed, our knowledge has adapted to best achieve the results you want. With our expert team, you can be sure to understand the process every step of the way. We further advise in the creation of a Migration Strategy document, which provides all stakeholders in your migration project with a clear understanding the process from the start.
We offer global support and can expertly perform both remote and on-site work as required. For general advice and tips on email migrations, follow our regularly updated migration blog. To learn more about our services and organise a consultation, get in touch with our team today.
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