Summary: Exchange server migration is a complex process. However, with the help of this guide, you can easily migrate Exchange 2010 to 2016 through coexistence. The guide helps you migrate mailboxes and data from online and offline or dismounted databases without disrupting the email services.
Exchange Server 2016 offers many impressive features, such as reliability, architecture, mobility, simplicity, improved emailing features, and cloud approach. If you are looking forward to Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration, this guide will help you in the migration process.
Coexistence is important to consider when doing an upgrade. Exchange Server 2010 can directly be migrated to Exchange Server 2016.
Exchange 2016 is the last Exchange version to which you can directly migrate MS Exchange 2010 mailboxes by using integrated migration features. For migrating to Exchange Server 2019 from Exchange Server 2010, among other things, you need to first migrate Exchange 2010 to Server 2013 or 2016 and then decommission the Exchange Server 2010 before installing the 2019 version.
Apart from the operating system, compatible emailing platforms, and hardware requirements, integration between Exchange 2016 and 2010 platforms is required for successful migration.
It is vital to have Exchange 2010 RU11 or a later version to maintain synchronization with Exchange 2016 edition. You can access the updates on Microsoft’s official site or install the Microsoft Update (WSUS) service to fulfill the minimum requirements.
Apart from the fact that Exchange Server 2010 has reached its end-of-life and support, Exchange Server 2016 has many new features that can be a major reason for Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration. These features include:
Apart from the above, various other features compel medium to large-sized organizations for Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration.
There are several things to consider before you upgrade Exchange 2010 to 2016 and move the mailboxes. First, you have to install the new server with Exchange Server 2016 and all the updates.
Next, you must install the required certificates and set them in place. Also, ensure that the new receive and send connectors are correctly configured and tested. Lastly, update all the URLs of virtual directories such as Outlook Anywhere and OWA. If all these are correctly done, you can move to the actual Exchange 2010 to 2016 mailbox migration process. The steps are as follows:
Note: Alternatively, you can select ‘Specify the users with a CSV file’ to migrate mailboxes in bulk.
For Manual Batch Selection:
In case you have selected the Manually select the batch later option available under the preferred option to start the batch, follow the given procedure:
When the migration of all databases is done, the last step is to decommission the Exchange Server 2010. However, before doing so, take care of some other things, such as:
If all the above is ready, you will need to do a smooth decommission of Exchange Server 2010 by uninstalling Exchange Server from the old server. This will clean the Active Directory and the Exchange setup from the 2010 version. The last thing is to disjoin the server from Active Directory, and the server can be turned off and decommissioned.
This completes the Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration process.
This guide on Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration would help you in the smooth migration process. However, some unforeseen issues may arise during the migration that may corrupt the database or hold you from moving the mailboxes to a new server. There may be issues with the new server that could put the databases in a dismounted state or a bad update which could hinder your server’s health.
Stellar Converter for EDB is an ideal application that can instantly get you out of a sticky situation. The software migrates mailboxes from Exchange Server 2010 to 2016 directly. The software can extract mailboxes from both online and offline Exchange databases (.EDB files) and export them to PST and other formats. It can also export the mailboxes directly to a live Exchange environment or Office 365. As the software supports all the versions of Exchange Server, including Exchange 2019, you will not face version incompatibility issues during the migration.
Eric Simson is an Email Platform Consultant and is associated with Stellar Data Recovery from last 6 years. He writes about the latest technology tips and provides custom solutions related to MS Outlook, MS Exchange Server, Office 365, and many other Email Clients & Servers.
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