In 2017, Ignite conference was held by Microsoft at Orlando, Florida, in which they announced the release of Exchange 2019. One reason for this upgrade is that many enterprises are still not willing to use Exchange as a cloud service. So, a new version of Exchange is a reliable option for them. But, what features will be offered in Exchange 2019? It has not been revealed by Microsoft yet.
However, if you’re planning to migrate to Exchange Server 2019, then there are some things you should keep in mind.
- Migrating from a Much Older Version
Are you planning to migrate from a very older version to the latest version of Exchange, like migrating from Exchange 2010 to 2019? The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that in-place upgrades of Exchange Server are not possible, which means you may not be able to upgrade from Exchange Server 2010 and previous versions to Exchange Server 2019. So, if you’re using Exchange Server 2007 or 2010, first you’ve to upgrade to Exchange 2013 or 2016 and then migrate to Exchange 2019. It is easy to migrate from Exchange 2016 to Exchange 2019.
- Administration Issues
When Microsoft announced the release of Exchange 2019, it was a great relief to administrators, as they don’t have to move to Office 365 from their familiar on-premises environment. But, it is not clear yet, whether Exchange 2019 will resolve some of the problems Exchange administers face. These problems include difficulties in migration, compatibility with .NET 4.7, client support issues, AD support issues, etc.
- End of certain features
It is possible that RPC-over-HTTP will be removed entirely for MAPI over HTTP protocol. So, Outlook Anywhere will be removed from the server side for MAPI virtual directory.
- Minimum Supported Email Client
It has been learned that the minimum email client supported in Exchange 2019 will be Outlook 2013. So, if you’re going to upgrade to Exchange 2019, then you’ll have to update the Office suite too.
As of now, it is not clear what all features will be offered in Exchange 2019. But, as an organization, you can still be prepared for the upcoming changes.
Also, migrating to Exchange Server 2019 is a complicated process; it requires adequate knowledge and technical expertise. So, think of using Kernel Migrator for Exchange, an effective Exchange migration tool that can help you migrate from an older Exchange to Exchange 2019 easily.