Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 end of support is here. Beginning on April 11th, 2017 Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. This means that there will not be any new security updates, non-security updates, free or paid assisted support options available. For those of you still using Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) then it is time to upgrade since Microsoft Exhcange Server 2007 is integrated into Windows SBS 2008.
Why Upgrade my Exchange 2007 Server?
The biggest reason is support. If Microsoft, the people that wrote and developed this software, will no longer support it there is a strong likelihood that no other organizations will help support it either. This can be especially detrimential to your company’s bottom line if your main email services go down without any support to help bring them back online in a timely manner. This also has an impact on the perception of your company – on your company’s reliability and image. Overall, you should take proactive actions to replace this platform before it cost you time and money. The same can be said about the Small Business Server Platform. While it was a great product while it lasted – it’s now time to upgrade.
What Are My Options for Upgrading My Server?
Small Business Server Upgrade Options
Since the WIndows Small Business Server platform includes integrated product technologies like Exchange Server 2007, Forefront for email security, Remote Web Workplace, SharePoint Services, and optionally SQL Server 2008 there is not a single product that includes the array of functionality that was previously provide in the SBS platform. As well, if your company is still hanging on to SBS you’re likely not leveraging virtualization which has many added benefits as well. It is our recommendation that you purchase a new Windows Server and use it has a Hyper-V virtualization host. Each Windows Server license provides the ability to install a single phyiscal host with up to 2 virtual machines running on that same host. This will allow you to spin up a Domain Controller (DC) and an app/file server virtual machine. This is, obviously, a basic guideline and if you are unsure of your particular requirements you should give us a call or get a network assessment performed so that we can help advise you on your best options moving forward.
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Upgrade Options
It’s been a long time since the release of Exchange 2007 and Microsoft has since gained a strong foothold in the cloud. Now let me preface this recommendation with a grain of salt – The cloud isn’t the end all be all IT solution. The cloud goes down, the cloud condenses potential attack points, and generally leaves you with less controls. But it is great for certain functions, like email. Your best bet would likely be moving your email to Exchange Online through Microsoft Office 365. It’s cloud hosted Exchange and is subscription based so you would pay a monthly cost but have no large capital investments. This also means that you do not have any server’s to maintain, no upgrades, updates or any real management is needed. The downside is that you have less control. The other option is to purchase new hardware or a hosted virtual machine and then purchase Exchange 2016 licensing.
If you need help upgrading or want to talk about your company’s options then take the first step and have us perform a detailed network assessment that will give you details about your current technology infrastructure.