MS Exchange Server is a Microsoft-developed email server that stores and manages your mailbox data including emails, contacts, calendar, and more. Since Exchange Server is a member of Microsoft server line of products, it runs Windows server operating systems. In fact, Exchange Server is the most popular and preferred email server, which is evident from its several versions (Exchange Server 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, and previous ones) that are available today. However, each new version includes some brand new as well as upgraded features, which enforce exchange users to upgrade to the newer version.
Well, the post is to enlighten the advantages of a formal upgrade to Exchange 2010 from its predecessor Exchange 2007. Before that, let us have a glance at the key features of Exchange Server 2007:
Exchange Server 2007 was released to corporate as a bundle of new and exciting mailing features, viz. high scalability support, voice mail integration, integrated web search and support, enhanced filtering tools, and the last but not the least, a brand new OWA (Outlook Web Access) interface. Besides, this version of Exchange Server features Transcript Security Layer (TSL) encryption technology, which encrypts emails sent within a local Exchange Server 2007.
However, certain needs like larger data storage space and enhanced exchange database security demand for Exchange Server migration. Well, the additional advantages of Server migration are:
a) Newer version of Exchange Server (i.e. 2010) offers enhanced database storage capacity
b) Quick and easy sharing of calendar with other users on same or different exchange servers
c) Taking backup of Exchange mailbox data
d) Exchange Server 2010 features storing mailbox data in cloud and certain other websites, which minimizes organization cost
e) Exchange Server 2010 features data storage on external servers, which is termed as visualization.
Well, apart from the aforementioned advantages of migration from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010, the process is quite risky. In fact, following are the steps to follow during Exchange migration process:
1) Single user’s mailbox migration
2) Multiple users’ mailbox migration
3) Public and Private EDB files migration
4) Log files migration
Well, in order to migrate from Exchanger Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2010, you can use its inbuilt Move Mailbox Wizard, as Exchange 2010 implements online mailbox migration. However, the process is quite risky and may result in Exchange mailbox data corruption.
So, you do not have to fuss over the issue, as you can do migration of Exchange 2007 mailboxes to Exchange 2010 or directly to a live Exchange Server. There is a utility called Stellar Mailbox Extractor for Exchange Server, which is specially designed to export online as well as offline Exchange Edb file to another Exchange Server.
So rather than following a manual procedure to migrate Exchange server mailboxes to Exchange 2010 or other latest version, I always suggest to use the mailbox migrator utility, as it is risk free, fast, & no more PowerShell skills are required for migration.
Hope, this blog post has given you more reasons to migrate to Exchange 2010, and the best way to migrate Exchange EDB mailboxes to a live Server.