Toby Ellis, Sr. Consultant
Get ready For Exchange Server 2013!
In the fall of 2012 Microsoft announced the release to manufacture of Exchange Server 2013. Although it was ready to install in environments new to Exchange Server, the prerequisites were not yet available for upgrading a current installation of Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2010. Now that Microsoft has released Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 update roll-up 10 and Exchange Server 2010 SP3 it is now possible to migrate to Exchange Server 2013 in coexistence scenarios with the previous versions of Exchange Server.
Windows Server Operating System requirements include Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2012. Core Mode installations of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 are not supported but you can convert any Core Mode installation to a Full Mode installation easily. Management tools will install on Windows 8 Professional 64 bit or Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1. If you are still running Exchange Server 2003 you will first need to migrate to Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2010 before migrating to Exchange Server 2013 as there is no direct migration path from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2013.
Now that we have our server side and management PC configurations ready for the upgrade, we’ll need to look at the client side. You will need to have Outlook 2007 Service Pack 3 or newer for Windows workstations. You will need Entourage 2008 or newer for MacIntosh systems. The redesigned Outlook Web Application supports the current version of all major browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome on Windows XP SP3 and newer. It also supports Safari, Firefox and Chrome on the Mac. Chrome version 24 or newer can even support offline access to the Outlook Web Application for when you are on the go and without an internet connection!
Exchange Server 2013 has a number of new features that will benefit any organization whether you are new to Exchange or migrating from a previous version. Some highlights include:
- Storage – Mailbox databases each run under an isolated process, so one problematic database won’t take down the whole server.
- Integration – better integration with SharePoint 2013 and Lync 2013 allows in place eDiscovery across these applications.
- Compliance – built-in DLP (Data Loss Prevention) and eDiscovery across Microsoft collaboration services.
- Simplified – simplified Exchange roles provide for scalability and ease of administration.
For the latest information on system compatibility please read the Exchange 2013 System Requirements.
For any questions regarding preparing for and executing a successful Exchange Server 2013 implementation, contact your Keller Schroeder Sr. Account Manager.