Using Windows Exchange Server 2010 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. How can your business successfully migrate to a new server?
If your company is using Windows Exchange Server 2010, it’s time to migrate.
Software can’t be maintained by a company forever. As irritating as it is to many users, the software has to adjust with tech changes in the industry. As changes come out, patches are provided for fixing security, software bugs and other features. As a software company makes changes and updates, they release new versions. After a while (usually around 10 years), a company will stop providing support for the older version and focus their attention on the new versions.
On October 13, 2020, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Exchange Server 2010.
Vision Computer Solutions, an IT consulting company in Detroit shares insights into Exchange 2010.
Users can migrate over to Office 360 or Exchange Server 2016. Now is the time to start preparing for your move.
How Will End of Support Impact the Exchange Server?
After the October 13, 2020 date passes, Microsoft will no longer offer new patches and updates for the 2010 Exchange Server. This means there will be no support for:
Problems that crop up with the program
New security issues that pop up and might create security breaches
Bugs and issues with the program that might impact stability or usability
Time zone changes
Your version of Exchange 2010 will continue to run as normal. The difference will be that when problems pop up, no support will be provided from Microsoft. It is strongly recommended that you don’t wait for problems to pop up before migrating to another program option.
What are My Migration Options?
Stay on Premise: You can use Exchange Server 2016 to stay on the premise and keep a similar system to what Exchange 2010 was. This gives you the program, but not the remote access of Office 365. Eventually, you will then want to migrate to Exchange Server 2019.
Migrate Fully to Office 365: You can migrate all mailboxes to Office 365 and then remove the on-premise Exchange servers from 2010. This can be a remote way to store and access your data.
Migrate to the Cloud Slowly: You can use Exchange Server 2016 to shift things over to the cloud more slowly. If you aren’t going to be fully moved to Office 365 by the October 2020 date, then this is going to be your best option for getting things moved. Upgrading your on-premise Exchange 2010 to 2016 will make it possible to connect to Office 365 and migrate your inboxes.
These three options provide companies with various speeds of shifting their materials over. Your company can do this or outsource IT to get help with the process. Managed IT Service providers can help give your company the IT support you need. Outsourcing your tech team will give you another set of IT professionals who can assess your company and help you move to safer and more efficient systems.
Software changes can be overwhelming and stressful for companies that have so many policies to follow. Don't wait until things get down to the wire. A tech team can help you migrate and keep your business up-to-speed with the latest tech changes. If you want help, just give Vision Computer Solutions a call today.