When doing a recent email migration project for Exchange 2013 to Office 365, I needed to remove the migrated mailboxes from Exchange. And I needed to keep the AD user accounts. The migration was not using Hybrid, and was done via cutover, using PST files. Care is needed for this step, as the…
For the most up-to-date email, scheduling and collaboration tools available, many businesses are considering a transition to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016. Featuring a new set of technologies, features and services, it’s a modern solution capable of handling all of your messaging needs.
Microsoft focused the design of the new architecture on simplicity of scale, hardware utilisation, and failure isolation. It’s an ideal solution for growing businesses; if your existing Exchange Server or Domino server is struggling to keep up with the demands of a modern digital business, transitioning to Exchange 2016 is a smart decision.
Migrating a complex and well-embedded system isn’t without challenges. By using the services of a trusted email migration specialist, however, any questions you have throughout the transition and advice you need to get the most out of your email solution are easily addressed.
Depending on the scale of your existing system – and the platform you’re currently using – the volume of work and expertise required to migrate to Exchange 2016 will vary. Using specialist email migration consulting services from the inception of your project can help ensure a successful migration, with minimal impact to your business operations.
EXCHANGE 2003/2007 TO EXCHANGE 2016
As is the case with Exchange 2013, if your organisation is currently using the Exchange 2003 platform, there is no direct path for a migration to 2016 supported by Microsoft. Unfortunately for Exchange 2007 users, the same is true – Microsoft does not support direct migration to Exchange 2016.
If your business is running on Exchange 2003 or 2007, performing an initial upgrade to Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 is the simplest action. Due to this extra effort and expense, it’s important to assess your requirements and consult your email migration specialist about the suitability of Exchange 2016.
A common practice in this case is to initially upgrade to Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2013 for an interim period, with an eye towards a full migration to Exchange 2016 at a later date.
However you decide to proceed, Email Migrations is capable of assisting you every step of the journey. For the optimal power and efficiency available from a Microsoft server, Exchange 2016 may indeed be the best choice, however if you opt for an earlier iteration of the system, our team of experts can guide you through the process easily.
OFFICE 365 TO EXCHANGE 2016
While the cloud-based Office 365 may be considered the flagship communication and productivity tool in Microsoft’s stable, there are a number of reasons why businesses may choose to transition back to an on-site platform.
The cloud offers benefits of convenience and scalability, but any outages the system may experience can result in an inability to communicate through your most critical channels, disrupting your workday and leading to customer frustration. For organisations that conduct all of their communications from in the office, returning to an on-site platform with Exchange 2016 can be a more reliable option with significantly reduced chances of downtime.
For businesses making the move from Office 365 to Exchange 2016, the transition may be simpler than you think. With the parallel development of both platforms at Microsoft, the user experience is comparable enough that there is unlikely to be any knowledge gap, allowing your team to get back to work sooner.
Our consultant expertise – migration specialists you can rely on
Alongside our expertise in email migration projects between various versions of Microsoft Exchange Server, our team can also assist with the transition from the popular Domino or GroupWise systems. Our migration solution remains somewhat flexible, so any businesses looking to migrate from a different platform should get in touch with Email Migrations for further options.
Booking a consultation with Email Migrations
With the consulting services of Email Migrations, your business will not only save money on your migration, but have the peace of mind of working with trusted professionals responsible for multiple high-level business transitions.
We’ve successfully completed many successful migrations over the years, adapting our knowledge to best achieve the results our clients demand. 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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