From NT/5.5 to 2000 or 2003?

Are you planning to upgrade from NT4/5.5 to Windows and Exchange 2000, or are you perhaps considering jumping all the way to 2003? Exchange 2003 offers many new benefits and features over Exchange 2000, as this Microsoft chart shows, however there may be a few more things to consider before you decide whether to become an early adopter or not.

It is worth remembering that Micrsoft have developed a number of new migration tools which should ease the move to 2003.

As Edward Wu, Exchange Product Manager on the Exchange Server Team recently mentioned ...

"in Exchange 2003, we've delivered new prescriptive guidance, setup wizards, and verification tools. The Windows and Exchange product teams worked together to develop these new tools to ensure the upgrade and migration to Windows 2003 Active Directory and Exchange 2003 is less disruptive to the existing messaging infrastructure and to give IT administrators confidence and peace of mind. A lot of you have asked us whether Exchange 5.5 and 2000 can coexist with Exchange 2003 during the migration process. Rest assured that Microsoft has thought through all these scenarios and provides new tools and wizards to guide you through the process. Exchange 5.5 customers can migrate directly to Exchange 2003, and customers in the middle of their Exchange 5.5 to 2000 migrations have the option of including Exchange 2003 in their topologies. For customers operating Exchange 2000, a simple in-place upgrade to Exchange 2003 is available."

So, bear this information in mind when you and your employer are assessing your upgrade otions, and deciding which migration path to go for.

While we're on the subject of migrating from NT, Microsoft UK are running a free one day seminar on this subject at the Reading campus on September 11th.

Chris Meirick on September 1, 2003 at 06:06 AM in News
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