Microsoft Exchange 2007 Support Expires on April 11, 2017

One month from today Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach its end-of-life. On April 11, 2017, the 10-year-old messaging server will stop getting security fixes from Microsoft. You can keep it running after that date, but Microsoft will no longer give technical support, bug fixes, or security patches. Which means you should be thinking about a migration.

Microsoft's announcement provided some useful support article links, even though organizations now have just one month to carry out a migration from Exchange Server 2007. The “Exchange 2007 End of Life Roadmap” article provides an overview of the options, including the simpler Office 365 move.

Migrations tend to overrun budgets and schedules

Moving from Microsoft Exchange 2007 is no small feat. If you decide to migrate manually, you have very little time left. You’ll likely need a two-phase, double-hop mailbox migration. First, you migrate from Exchange 2007 to 2013. Then you migrate from Exchange 2013 to 2016. Basically, you do two migrations in one. And what about your public folders? These are almost impossible to migrate manually. As you can imagine, this is a ton of time-consuming work and can disrupt your business in ways you can’t predict.

Recent surveys from Vision Solutions show that the stats are a bit grim:

  • 66% of migrations are delayed
  • 76% of migrations cause downtime and disruptions
  • 70% overrun their schedule
  • 64% overrun their cost

If you’re moving 5,000 or more users, a 1-week delay can cost you more than $25k. And just an hour of downtime could cost you $100k or more in lost productivity.

Automate your move with Binary Tree

Binary Tree can help you avoid these common migration pitfalls. You can use Exchange Pro to automate your move from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2016 or Office 365, for both mailboxes, archives and public folders. And you can do it in a fraction of the time and with minimal to no down time. Depending on your setup, you might even be able to do a single-hop migration to a new forest. It also gives you reporting, scheduling, user communications, and self-service features that shorten the time required to migrate and that reduce the risk of downtime. The result — the smoothest possible experience for users, administrators, and project managers.

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