After a ten-month extension of the original deadline, October 13th, 2020, marks the official end of life (EOL) date for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. And if your company hasn’t responded with the proper preparations, you may be putting your company unnecessarily at risk. So, to avoid any potential disasters, we’re giving you a handy guide detailing how your business can quickly address the issue.
What does EOL mean for my business?
If you’ve been using MS Exchange 2010 (commonly known as Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Web Access), it’s most likely a critical structural component of your day-to-day operations. With capabilities that extend from simple contact and e-mail management to collaborative features like shared calendars and task delegation, MS Exchange 2010 has been the primary mail server for many of today’s most successful businesses for a long while now.
But end of life means your primary communication and collaboration management system is now officially becoming “unsupported.” This means that Microsoft will no longer offer technical support for a host of issues such as bug fixes, security patches, and time zone updates. Continuing to use the product after EOL significantly augments your vulnerability to security breaches, server instability, and liability issues.
Essentially, Microsoft is telling you, after ten years, it’s time to spring for an update, or you’ll be out on your own when problems arise.
What are my options?
So how do you make sure you’re still covered? As a stop-gap measure, you could simply bump up to MS Exchange Server 2013 or 2016. This will give you a few years to continue utilizing what is essentially a newer version of the same product. But Microsoft’s strong recommendation is to take the plunge and make a full migration to Exchange Online through an Office 365 subscription. MS Exchange Online features advanced security capabilities, IT-level phone support, and outlook integration as just a few of the many impressive features. If you’re looking for continuity and an end to your support issues, this is the easiest way to go. But if you choose not to upgrade and still want to stay safe and supported, you will need to find an alternative for your about-to-be unsupported product.
Need help with migration?
If you are ready to make the switch but need some assistance, Microsoft offers a host of options to help you out.
Here are a few resources:
- Microsoft’s “Exchange 2010 End of Support Roadmap” gives you a clear picture of what lies ahead
- Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 migration options page lays out your service choices
- Microsoft’s Extended Security Updates FAQ can answer pertinent questions
- The Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant generates a custom step-by-step checklist that can help you deploy Exchange Server in your on-premises organization.
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If you are ready to make the switch but need some assistance, AdRem Systems offers a host of options to help you out. Contact us today.