Streamlining Exchange Migrations

Meet Nigel, an IT veteran with a very important messageabout what it takes to successfully upgrade your Microsoft Exchange environment. Work Agenda DrawingFor those of you planning to make the double-jump fromExchange 2003 to Exchange 2010 and take advantage of its excellent scalability and new features, it's important to think about the upgrade as a two phased project.

First, you'll build out the new infrastructure - new servers, disc space, etc. Secondly, you'll have to move the users, and their stuff, from the old Exchange 2003 servers to the new Exchange 2010 environment - all while the users' email is off-line.

So how do you migrate the users' mailboxes successfully?

Well, like Nigel explains in the video, you can do the upgrade manually usingMicrosoft PowerShell commands that you can use to script the migration events. But you'll have to write the scripts, manually run them, monitor their progress, and then manually update your migration tracking spreadsheets. And of course you'll need to do this on nights and weekends so you don't impact the end-users' productivity. And what if you have multiple sites in different places and time zones? Keeping track of the migration processing in spreadsheets and coordinating the mailbox moves using a manual process can prove to be very time consuming and difficult to manage.

So, other than doing all this legwork manually, what are your Exchange 2010 upgrade options?  Well, there's a new tool from Binary Tree called E2E Complete. This process management and reporting solution will automate yourExchange 2010 upgrade. The software can help streamline the necessary tasks and help you successfully complete your project in record time.

Watch this quick video for a techie update.