Migrate Exchange 2003: Urgent and Harder Than You Think

This should be a busy time for organizations using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.  All support ended on April 8, 2014, and not even security patches are being released.  But there are still more than 60 million mailboxes running Exchange 2003 at small-to-medium-sized businesses, and that represents an attractive target to malicious hackers.

So….if your business or non-profit is still using Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 — it’s time to switch!

But it may not be something you want to do on your own.  There are quite a few steps involved in carrying out an Exchange 2003 migration.  For one thing, you cannot perform an in-place upgrade to Exchange 2013 because you can’t have Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2013 in a single Active Directory forest.

You may consider moving to Exchange 2010 and stopping there, or using that as a way-station to upgrade to Exchange 2013.  But each upgrade involves more than half a dozen steps and can take days.  That leads some people to decide now is the time to move to Office 365 in the cloud.

Whether you move your email to the cloud or stay on-premise, there’s a lot to plan out and a lot that can go wrong.  If you’d like to have an experienced engineer by your side for advice— or to just take care of your Exchange 2003 migration project completely— give us a call here at Nettology on 610-558-1730. We’ve done projects with more than 3000 users and others with fewer than 10. Either way, you can be sure your Exchange migration will be done correctly.

Besides Exchange 2003, other outdated or very-soon-to-be-outdated Microsoft packages include Exchange 2010 Service Pack 2, Office 2003, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. If you are using any of this software, now is the time to upgrade or migrate.

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