Released in January 2013, Exchange Server 2013 has already reached the mainstream end date more than four years ago, on April 10, 2018, and will reach its end of support on April 11, 2023. If you haven’t already begun your migration… now’s the time to start planning!
Why does Exchange Server 2013 end-of-life matter?
While technically you can still use your computer after the End-of-Life deadline, it comes with incredible risk. After the deadline EOL, your computer will be vulnerable to exploits, bugs, and viruses. Hackers especially focus on exploiting these types of vulnerabilities, because those who decide to be daring and not update, will likely not receive any help from Microsoft, so it makes them an easy target.
What are my options?
There are a few options to explore and prepare a migration plan:
- Migrate to Microsoft 365. Migrate mailboxes, public folders, and other data using cutover, minimal hybrid, or full hybrid migration. Then, remove on-premises Exchange servers and Active Directory.
- Upgrade Exchange 2013 and move to Exchange 2019 for your on-premises servers.
Details about your migration options and methods you should consider are available on Microsoft’s documentation site.
What does this mean for your business?
Exchange 2013 is now running in “Extended Support”, which means that Microsoft is keeping an eye on vulnerabilities and will help you if an issue arises, but there may be added costs associated (thru Microsoft) with that support. This “Extended Support” will come completely come to an end in 2023. So, planning ahead now to replace these items is the key to staying ahead of the game, and being left exposed. It is important to ensure that your business is protected, which will become more difficult without security updates, higher maintenance costs, and compliance concerns
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare?
We want to ensure that these changes from Microsoft do not negatively impact your day-to-day operations or cause any confusion. Braver can make the upgrading process easy and keep you well-protected. We can explain and get you on track with the best solutions for your business to limit disruption and deliver the latest features and benefits. A smooth transition to a new operating system includes:
- Identify machines that need to be upgraded or replaced
- Develop a timeline and budget for upgrades and replacements
- Plan for installation and employee training to learn the new system
Reach out today to set up a time to discuss a plan to transition out of Exchange 2013. We want to ensure you have an upgrade plan in place by December 2021 to ensure a timely and smooth transition.