Update: this post was updated on October 24, 2017.
Microsoft has stirred up a quite load of enthusiasm by the recent appearance of Exchange 2016. As the new version raised inquiries among IT professionals for new solutions, Microsoft in fact did not soothe this yearning for any cutting-edge technologies. You get a bundle of improvements, out of which the removal of the Client Access Role and replacing MAPI with EWS seem to be one of the most relevant developments (read more about it). What’s more, if you had any high hopes for any breakthroughs in terms of version coexistence with legacy, Exchange 2003 or 2007, then you know now that with this version Microsoft has clearly stated its engineering policy and is rather far from that.
Exchange 2016’s architecture, as Exchange 2013, unfortunately blocks the way to deployment of legacy versions; and other way round, it is impossible to install Exchange 2016 in your organizations when you are working on earlier 2003 or 2007 version servers. The newest version may coexist only within Exchange 2010 and 2013 structure, and that successively won’t put an end to everlasting conundrum concerning mailbox migrations. Sounds like the same old song?
For those who are acquainted with the problem of Exchange migrations, there is no easy native solution to migrate with from Exchange 2007 or 2003 to the newest Exchange 2016 or earlier 2013 version. Whenever your determination and nerves are in shape, and you consider an upgrade by exporting and importing PST files or performing a cross-forest migration in stages, we won’t keep fingers crossed for you… but we will hand in to you a perfect and quick solution instead, CodeTwo Exchange Migration, a third-party migration tool.
CodeTwo Exchange Migration – migrate from Exchange 2003 or 2007 to Exchange 2016
If you are planning to move to the newest Exchange 2016 version, you cannot hope to swiftly perform it on the basis of Microsoft solutions. The giant from Redmond has made it clear this year that it won’t support co-existence of Exchange 2016 with legacy versions. That’s why CodeTwo Exchange Migration has been designed in the first place, to fill this gap and help you out with your admin duties.
With CodeTwo Exchange Migration you won’t have to perform “double hop” migrations anymore. Whether you are migrating from Exchange 2007 to 2016, or from Exchange 2003 to 2013 or 2016, you are fully backed up with the application. There is no necessity for any mid-stages upgrades like from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010. It is all done with direct and quick cross-forest migration; no matter which platform you start from, using CodeTwo Exchange Migration your data will always reach the target server.
CodeTwo Exchange Migration is a well-designed and smart application, so it automatically handles the deployment and other migration processes while in use. Readable and clear graphical user’s interface allows you to move your mailbox data between forests in a quick and direct manner. A cross-forest migration is no longer a challenge, as it requires only a few clicks for you to run the process and forget about it. At the same time during migration workings you don’t have to worry about email services availability, as the application does not interfere with those, they remain fully operational. However, the program lets you set up the amount of mailbox data to be transferred at a time, so depending on the set level it may have an effect on your network’s speed connectivity. The best practice is to perform migration tasks during the periods of the lowest network activity.
How is it possible with CodeTwo Exchange Migration?
The program’s relevant configurations and setups are based on intuitive wizards, so the program leads you through the process, starting from the installation of the software to your first migration job creation.
This brief process description explains how you can easily migrate data from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016:
- After going through the quick installation of the program and specifying the source Exchange 2007 domain (you can set only one source server and many target servers), you may launch the new Job creation wizard where the initial steps include providing Job’s name, choosing a target server and adding Active Directory users’ or groups’ mailboxes to be migrated.
- You can set up the Automatch feature which helps in the migration process, as it matches mailboxes on both servers and creates mailboxes if they do not exist.
- Then, you can immediately jump to the Scheduler option where you may set migrations to automatically launch at a selected period of time.
- The Time filter feature will let you choose which data to migrate according to age. You may want to move only items from the last 30 days and as for the rest of data it can be added to other migration job and be moved later.
- Next, select which folder types you want to migrate by sorting out Folder filter settings.
- All set configuration for the current migration job may be reviewed in Job summary. You may revise the settings by just clicking the chosen option. Note that the Address rewrite feature is automatically enabled and allows to change addresses of mailboxes to SMTP. Other advanced options include: changing mailbox Concurrency to set the number of mailboxes to be moved at a time (up to 20); and setting a size limit for the moved items.
- The program generates detailed reports and log files which can be automatically sent by email. They provide scrutinized data about on-going processes and summarize the whole migration job progress.
The upgrade to Exchange 2016 is a new direction that many system administrators and organizations will be heading to. As Microsoft has not developed any solution yet to support the co-existence with legacy versions of Exchange, CodeTwo Exchange Migration will prove as a valuable tool in moving to the newest Exchange. Just try it out and avoid unnecessary hassle with “double-hop” migrations and exporting/importing of PST files.
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