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Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 – A Quick Migration Guide

Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 – A Quick Migration Guide

In this article we will discuss general steps about Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 migration.

You can use the below process to do an Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016:

  1. First you need to upgrade all Exchange 2013 servers to CU10 or later. This is required before you can install Exchange 2016 in your environment.
  2. Check if you have any Exchange 2010 servers in your environment, these need to either be decommissioned or upgraded to SP3 UR11 or later.

    Check in detail here –  Exchange 2016 system requirements: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719(v=exchg.160).aspx

  3. If you have any Exchange 2007 in your environment decommission it. Because it’s not supported in an Exchange 2016 environment.

    In detail here – Can’t install Exchange 2016 in a forest that contains Exchange 2007 servers: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms.exch.setupreadiness.e16e12coexistenceminversionrequirement(v=exchg.160).aspx

  4. Check that you meet all the pre-requisites to install Exchange 2016 in your environment.

    You can check here in detail – Exchange 2016 prerequisites: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb691354(v=exchg.160).aspx

  5. Now, Install Exchange 2016 in your environment.
  6. Then, configure the Service Connection Point on the Exchange 2016 server.
  7. After that install the required SSL certificate on the Exchange 2016 server.
  8. Now need to configure Exchange 2013 – 2016 CAS coexistence. There are different methods to do this. We’ll talk about them briefly and then I’ll demonstrate one of them briefly.
  9. Now move mailboxes to Exchange 2016.
  10. After that move public folder mailboxes to Exchange 2016.
  11. Then migrate mail flow to Exchange 2016.
  12. In last decommission the Exchange 2013 server.

More information about the Exchange Deployment Assistant can be found here – Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dn756393.aspx

Follow the above quick guide to migrate from Exchange server 2013 to Exchange server 2016.

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