The end of the road for Exchange 2010… finally

As we sit here on a sunny day in August . . . the 13th October 2020 feels like an age away . . . but it will be here before we know it, just a matter of weeks, and if you are still operating a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, you need to take action now.

Originally ‘end of life’ for Exchange 2010 was due to be in January of this year, but Microsoft extended it until 13th October 2020, we assume because so many businesses weren’t prepared. (Although it does not coincide with end of support for Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010).

With lock-down and the unfortunate ‘distractions’ of the summer, many people may have taken their eye off the ball and forgotten about this ‘inconvenience’, but we urge you to put it back on top of your ‘to-do’ list if you are still utilising Exchange 2010.

The reason for this is that after this date, Microsoft will no longer offer technical support for problems that arise, and as this technology dates back to 2009 – problems will arise.  It also means that security will be comprised as no security updates will be issued, thus leaving any Exchange Servers 2010 incredibly vulnerable.  It simply isn’t safe to continue running your business on Exchange 2010.

So, what are your options?

  1. Migrate to another on-premise model – switching to Exchange 2016 which Microsoft have committed to supporting until 2025 OR
  2. Hybrid – migrate to the cloud with Exchange Server 2016
  3. Migrate to a cloud model such as Microsoft 365 and Exchange Online

The most current version of Exchange Server is 2019 – however it isn’t possible to simply manually upgrade directly from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2019 – you must go via Exchange 2016 (you can miss out 2013 though).

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/enterprise/exchange-2010-end-of-support

So which way is best? 

This very much depends on your organisation, how many mailboxes you have, how much time you have to complete the migration and your appetite for moving your complete solution to the cloud.

Microsoft are certainly encouraging people to move towards the cloud (i.e. to Microsoft 365), however they understand that some organisations do prefer to have a server on their own premises.  This could be down to regulations of your business, security issues, the way your business is set up or simply personal preference.

Unless you have only got a handful of users, this can be quite complicated – please do pick up the phone or send us an email and book an IT REVIEW.  The IT REVIEW is entirely at our expense and we will be able to assist and advise you as to the best solution for your needs.

As Microsoft Gold Partners we have extensive experience and understand the pros and cons of the different options available to you.  Use us.  We are here to help.

Simply get in touch with us on 01522 883636 and we’ll be happy to help.