Exchange 2010 End of Support: Upgrading to a newer version of Exchange Server On-Premises

Exchange 2010 End of Support | Binary Tree

While we strongly believe that you can achieve the best value and user experience by migrating fully to Office 365, we also understand that some organizations need to keep some Exchange Servers on-premises. This could be because of regulatory requirements, to guarantee data isn't stored in a data-center located in another country, or it might be because you have unique settings or requirements that can’t be met in the cloud, or it could simply be that you need Exchange to manage cloud mailboxes because you still use Active Directory on-premises. In any case for which you choose or need to keep Exchange on-premises, you should ensure your Exchange 2010 environment is upgraded to at least Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2016 and Exchange 2010 is removed before the End of Support date.

For the best experience, we recommend that you upgrade your remaining on-premises environment to Exchange 2016. You don’t need to install Exchange Server 2013 if you want to go straight from Exchange Server 2010 to Exchange Server 2016.

Exchange 2016 includes all the features and advancements included with previous releases of Exchange, and it most closely matches the experience available with Office 365 (although some features are available only in Office 365).

However, like Exchange 2010, each version of Exchange has its own end of support date:

  • Exchange 2013 – End of Support is April 2023
  • Exchange 2016 – End of Support is October 2025

Things to Remember

You will be unable to upgrade directly from Exchange 2010 on-premises to Exchange Server 2019. You can upgrade to Exchange 2013 or 2016 directly from Exchange 2010 and we recommend you upgrade to Exchange 2016 if you have the choice. It will give you a longer support life-cycle and more features. Given how similar 2013 and 2016 are from a migration standpoint, it’s also just as easy to go to 2016 as it is 2013. So, upgrade to Exchange 2016, and then you have the option to go to 2019 if you want to.

Planning for a Migration

Binary Tree can enable you to move from Exchange 2010 to Office 365, for both mailboxes, archives and public folders. You can use Exchange Pro to automate your move 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. 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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