Exchange 2016

Would it better to upgrade from Exchange 2013 to 2016 or can I wait and upgrade from Exchange 2010 SP3 to Exchange 2016?
JimmyRiversideEmail AdministratorAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If you already have Exchange 2010 then you should go directly to Exchange 2016 as there will be an upgrade path for this migration. However, as I tell everyone that likes to go right to bleeding edge technology that even after it has been released there is a period where you will have several bumps in the road. Personally I do not like to go right to the latest version until about 6 months have pasted and at least some of the core bugs have been addressed.

So, if you can hold out with Exchange 2010 for a little while after the release of 2016 this would be preferred. Also, If you have not already purchased Exchange 2013 CAL's wait until 2016 comes out and then purchase them because you can then down grade your 2016 CAL's to 2013 if you decide to go that route.


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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Do you have to make a decision right now?

If not, wait a few weeks - the CTP is due shortly which you could install in a lab.
It has already been said by some that Exchange 2016 is pretty close to a service pack for Exchange 2013. It isn't the same kind of leap that we had between Exchange 2007 and 2010 or 2010 and 2016.

If you do have to buy something now (perhaps to use a budget) the get Exchange 2013 with software assurance so you have the latest version. You would only need 12 months SA.

I made the jump from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 this past Monday.
It was a very smooth migration. The only annoying part was the public folders.

But if you follow the guides and modify the scripts accordingly you can get them moved as well.

I had a planned outage for maintenance this December and i figured if i had to be down anyway... so i thought why not give it a go to 2016. First time i have ever been bleeding edge. And i must say that i am pleased so far.
Robert Janics Jr M.C.PSystem AdministratorCommented:
Does someone have guides for this
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