End of Life for Exchange 2003: How to Upgrade and Move to the Cloud

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In our last post we talked about the new features in Exchange 2013, and why it’s time to start planning your upgrade. Now for part two - How to Upgrade to Exchange 2013.

To design a successful Exchange 2013 messaging system, you must first understand the capabilities of the software and hardware. Specifically, you need to balance the limitations of your network infrastructure with the capabilities of your messaging system, operating system, and user software.

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Before you can upgrade to Exchange 2013, your organization must meet certain requirements. Microsoft has automated the installation of some of the Windows prerequisites, so all you have to do is select a check box in the Setup wizard and it will be completed for you. For more information about Exchange 2013 requirements, see:


You’ve got two options to consider when upgrading your Exchange 2003 organization from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013:

  • Move your Exchange organization to the cloud with Office 365, or
  • Upgrade your current on-premises organization.

Go to the Cloud with Office 365

Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time and money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with online versions of Microsoft next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Portal Server Online, and Lync Online. With Office 365, we provide services that are easy to administer and simple to use, always backed by robust security, reliability, and control to run your business.

To use Office 365, you’ll need to upgrade your organization to Exchange 2013. You can use Exchange 2013 ExDeploy to migrate from Exchange 2003 to the cloud.

We hope this article’s been helpful for you as you contemplate life after Exchange 2003 and think about an upgrade to Exchange 2013. After deploying your Exchange 2013 organization, you’ll be well on your way to successfully upgrading from Exchange 2003. Then, you’ll be ready to secure, administer, and verify mail flow in your new Exchange 2013 organization.

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