Migrating or transitioning to a new version of Exchange Server requires a lot of planning and deliberation by Exchange Administrators. Even after coming up with an elaborate migration plan, one may find oneself staring at an unforeseeable issue that could create serious delay throwing the entire process off-track. Not without reason that Exchange Migration is one of the most challenging tasks that admins have to deal with. Considering the importance of email system as a business application in today’s organizations, it is imperative to mitigate all risks associated with Exchange migrations as stakes run quite high and no one can afford to keep the business users off Exchange servers for a time more than the “unavailability window” as specified in the notification email.

With Exchange 2013 just around the corner, the excitement to upgrade to the next level has never been higher. The offerings in this version such as the Social Integration, fresh UI, web-based admin center and Transport Rules have been very enticing. But, simplification of the migration process from a lower version has been left out, which still proves to be a nightmare for the admins. This whitepaper points out different native options available to perform Exchange to Exchange migration. While pointing out these options, the whitepaper also underlines their limitations and explains why Exchange admins are opting for third party tools to can overcome these limitations to ensure a risk-free, swift and easy-to-execute Exchange to Exchange migration process.