If your enterprise is looking to move to Exchange Server 2013, there's a lot of prep work that needs to be done. Preparing for an Exchange 2013 migration can quickly become overwhelming.
We compiled expert resources to help admins prepare for an Exchange 2013 migration, including tips on what to consider before making the move, the value of a test lab, new features in Exchange 2013 and how to stop issues before they happen.
How to decide if Exchange 2013 is a good fit for your enterprise
As you weigh your options for an Exchange 2013 migration, look at how the migration will work in your enterprise. A number of factors -- including recent security breaches -- have made organizations shy away from a migration, but our expert gives three reasons why it makes sense to upgrade to Exchange 2013.
Exchange 2013 features that may make you want to upgrade
Microsoft included new features in Exchange 2013 that should improve integration with the company's own products, as well as with third-party tools. This means Exchange shops have feasible options for cloud-based and on-premises messaging, leaving shops to decide which option is best. This tip walks you through features to help in the decision process.
Working in a test lab before an Exchange 2013 migration
Before you migrate, use a test lab to get familiar with Exchange 2013. Test labs let you tinker with new features, sort out your software and hardware questions, and enable external and internal email. Plus, working in a lab can help you work on your qualifications for the MSCE: Messaging certification.
Design Exchange 2013 storage with mailbox database sizes in mind
How you design the architecture of the storage affects everything, including performance and reliability. Study Microsoft's recommendations and your options for mailbox database sizes. You should also consider factors such as DAGs, RAID configurations, provisioning disks and database replication.
Five gotchas when migrating to Exchange 2013
Exchange 2013 can be an intricate platform, so there are some specific factors to consider to ensure your Exchange 2013 migration is a success. Sizing and performance are things Exchange admins should keep an eye out for, as well as ambiguous namespaces. With the right information, the deployment becomes much easier.
This was first published in February 2014