Three essential steps for preparing to migrate to Exchange 2013

Last updated:April 2014

Editor's note

If your enterprise has decided it's time to migrate to Exchange 2013, the migration process might seem overwhelming. But we broke down the important preparation steps into three phases to make the process easier to navigate.

The first step is to consider all other options before settling on a migration to Exchange Server 2013. Looking at the pros and cons of what Exchange 2013 offers is also an important part.

The second step is to look at the new and improved features in Exchange 2013. Some features may be more helpful than others. If you're looking for integration with SharePoint 2013, shortcuts for easing compliance or more load-balancing options, Exchange 2013 will get you moving in the right direction.

The final step is making sure your enterprise does as much as possible ahead of time to keep the migration simple. What happens here is important because it not only sets the course for how the migration goes, but also can prevent future problems. Knowing what to look for and what to do can prevent these problems.

If you feel overwhelmed, don't be -- this is where we come in. We compiled the best tips to help ease the migration process -- covering each step in detail to make sure your enterprise is ready to migrate to Exchange 2013.

1Step 2: Look at the features that will be most helpful

Once your enterprise decides to migrate to Exchange 2013, you'll have access to new and improved features to ease your workload. Exchange 2013 can help your enterprise see tighter integration with SharePoint, meet compliance requirements, and even open up options for anti-malware protection and load balancing. These tips take a look at some of the features that can help your enterprise.

2Step 3: Keep the Exchange 2013 migration process smooth

After your enterprise looks at the features in Exchange 2013, the next step is preparing for the actual migration. What you do at this point in the process is important because your actions will determine how smoothly the migration goes and the types of problems you could see once the migration is complete. These tips walk you through the prep steps to take just before you migrate to Exchange 2013.