Microsoft extended the end of support for Exchange Server 2010 from Jan 14th, 2020 to Oct 13th, 2020. This extension aligns with the end of support for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.
Clearly, Microsoft have realized that the old email server is still widely used, and organizations were not migrating fast enough to meet the original deadline. In recognition of how critical an email system to organizations is, they allowed the extension
But what is the big deal of end of support?
Once a software program, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, reaches end of support or end of life, Microsoft stops issuing updates for this software, or offering technical support. So, while the software will continue to work, the lack of security updates will make the software highly vulnerable to hacker attacks. This will also lead to compliance violations to regulations such as HIPAA related to network security.
Exchange Server 2010 upgrade or migrate options:
On-premise options: Upgrade to Exchange Server 2016 or Exchange Server 2019. Unfortunately, it is not possible to upgrade directly from Exchange 2010 to 2019
Cloud Options: Migrate to the cloud to Exchange Online with Microsoft Office 365. You can either move completely to the cloud in a Cutover migration, or maintain hybrid environment between Exchange 2016/2019 and Exchange Online using Hybrid migration
Bottom line: Exchange Server 2010 end of life is October 13th, 2020. The clock is ticking and if you have not started your upgrade or migration, you need to start soon.
What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
DMS can assist with planing and executing your upgrade or migrating to Office 365. Contact us today to schedule a meeting with our team.