Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 was released in March 2007 and has been incredibly reliable since then. But all good things come to an end and in April 2017, Exchange Server 2007 officially reached "End of Life". This means Microsoft is no longer providing technical support and they are no longer providing security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered after that date.

In practical terms, this means you need to plan as quickly as possible to migrate to a later version of Exchange, or to Office 365.

Do You have Small Business Server 2008?

If your organisation has less than 70 staff, then you are probably running Exchange Server 2007 as part of Small Business Server 2008 (SBS2008). As its name suggests, SBS2008 was a low-priced but fully featured version of Windows Server 2008 for small businesses that also included Exchange Server 2007. From both a software licensing and hardware cost perspective, replacing SBS with Windows Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016 is an expensive exercise and is definitely not recommended for ANY small business.

Your best option is to migrate to Office 365 sooner rather than later. Moving your email system to the cloud now will free up valuable resources on your ageing file-server and will have the side-benefit of extending the useful working life of your server hardware for another 6 months or so. We recommend a 2 step project - Step 1 is migrating to Office 365 and Step 2 is to replace your SBS2008 server with a new fileserver running Windows Server 2016.

Are You Running Exchange Server 2007 Standard?

For most organisations running Exchange Server 2008 Standard Edition, migrating your email system to Office 365 is definitely a sound business decision. Almost certainly this server is running on physical server hardware that needs to be fully decommissioned. Moving to Exchange Server 2016 instead of Office 365 is really not worth considering, as the the capital cost of new hardware, Exchange server licensing and the business continuity implications of being without your email server in the event of a site based disaster are considerable.

It's Time to Upgrade to Office 365

Migrating from Exchange Server 2007 to Office 365 makes significant sense from both a business risk and business reputation point of view, especially if your business has regulatory requirements around the storing of personal client and employee information.

Having said that, it's also vital that the migration is performed in a timely and cost-effective fashion. With that in mind, you need to carefully consider whether it is worth using internal staff to learn and perform a one-off 7-step project. It may well be that the best way to assure your organisation of a successful Office 365 migration is to use the services of a Microsoft Partner that has Office 365 certifications and real-world experience in performing Office 365 migrations.

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