Migrate Exchange 2003 directly to Exchange 2019 with CodeTwo Exchange Migration


Migrate Exchange 2003 straight to Exchange 2013

Exchange Migration certificates

„I love a tool that is advertised as being able to perform a task, and it does just that. It just works.”

– J. Peter Bruzzese
(Microsoft MVP, Office Servers and Services)

Migrating Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2019 can be troublesome. Those two versions of Exchange Server can’t coexist in one Active Directory forest, so the only option would be to perform a cross-forest mailbox migration. This, however, can’t be done using only the native Microsoft Exchange Server migration tools.

CodeTwo Exchange Migration solves this problem. It enables direct migrations from Exchange 2003 to 2019, while at the same time the program reduces the amount of time and number of pre-configuration tasks required to complete the job. What is more, the program allows you to migrate mailboxes from newer versions of Exchange servers, i.e. 2007, 2010, etc. directly to Exchange 2019, 2016 or 2013. You don’t have to think about a “double-hop” or even “triple-hop” migration anymore. With CodeTwo Exchange Migration, setting up any intermediary servers only to move legacy versions of Exchange to Exchange 2019 is no longer a necessity.

Key features:

  • Direct migration from Exchange 2003 and newer to Exchange 2019, 2016 or 2013
  • Easy cross-forest migration of Exchange Server mailboxes
  • Full mail server availability during the migration
  • Public folders migration
  • User-friendly server and migration configuration wizards
  • Intelligent matching of source and target mailboxes
  • Automatic target mailbox creation
  • Self-service application
  • Free technical assistance during the configuration 

Success story

Read how eResources LCC successfully migrated from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange 2013.

The company was looking for a solution that would allow to migrate to Exchange 2013 without the need to perform the "double-hop migration". CodeTwo Exchange Migration helped them to make a swift move to Exchange 2013.

Read case study…

How does it work?

CodeTwo Exchange Migration is a self-service migration tool that is installed on one of the computers within the source Active Directory domain. You don’t share or reveal any credentials to any third party at any point of the migration. The program operates directly on your PCs and is fully controlled by you.

The main window of the Jobs tab

CodeTwo Exchange Migration is simple to configure. The setup requires minimum effort before you begin the migration. The built-in configuration wizards help you establish a connection with both source and target Exchange Server domains. These wizards also automatically verify if your environment is ready to start the migration by creating a virtual migration checklist. If necessary, the program assigns all the necessary permissions, if any are missing.

Establishing the server connection

Once the source and target server connection have been established, you can create your first migration job. You can specify which mailboxes should be migrated within that job, what folders should be included or excluded from the migration process or whether to set up the scheduler that will automatically start and stop the process on certain days or during certain hours. 

Migration job sections s

Before launching the migration process, you have to match the mailboxes from the source server with those on the destination server. It can be done manually, or you can use the Automatch option. If the latter method is selected, the program will match the mailboxes automatically using a predefined matching pattern or the one you create by yourself. 

Automatch your mailboxes

If any of the target mailboxes and user accounts do not exist yet, CodeTwo Exchange Migration can create them automatically based on source server data. The blueprint according to which the accounts and mailboxes will be created can be modified to a large extent.

Create target mailboxes

As soon as mailboxes from Exchange 2003 are matched with their equivalents on Exchange 2019, the migration process can be started right away. If you have enabled the scheduler, it will be launched automatically according to your preferences. The program displays the progress of each migration job as soon as the first mailbox is copied. You can also generate detailed migration reports or have them sent to your email. 

Schedule the migration process

CodeTwo Exchange Migration doesn’t remove the mailboxes from the source Exchange 2003 domain. It makes the exact copy of each mailbox in the target location. This means that your users can still access and use their mailboxes during the entire migration process.