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Microsoft released the newest version of Exchange Server in October 2015. Exchange 2016 was designed to simplify coexistence with legacy versions of Exchange, but Microsoft also made collaboration a priority with improvements to public folders, shared mailboxes and document sharing.
These expert tips can help guide administrators through an Exchange 2016 migration, including preferred architecture, load balancing and topology requirements.
What to consider before migrating to Exchange 2016
With mainstream support for Exchange 2010 ending in 2015, many organizations that are still using the older version should consider migrating to Exchange 2016. There are five essential areas, including client software, which should be prioritized to ensure a smooth transition.
Exchange 2016 installation guidelines
There are six guidelines to be aware of when planning an Exchange 2016 deployment, including load balancing and topology requirements. Organizations should also take note of forest and domain functional level requirements.
Exchange 2016 preferred architecture
Migrating public folders to Exchange 2016
Public folders experienced a resurgence with the release of Exchange 2013, and Microsoft improved the feature in Exchange 2016. Be aware of the benefits and risks of moving public folders to Exchange 2016 before your organization starts the migration.
How an Exchange 2016 deployment will be easier
Exchange 2016 can coexist with previous versions of Exchange without waiting for an update, but that's just one way an Exchange 2016 deployment will be different from its predecessors.
Is an Exchange 2016 upgrade worth it?
Exchange 2016 features look promising
Improvements to email collaboration in Exchange 2016