Whats the possibility of having Exchange 2010 (Standard) Server to coexist with Exchange 2016 (standard or Enterprise)  server?

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Is it possible for a single Exchange 2010 (Standard) Server to coexist with a single Exchange 2016 (standard or Enterprise)  server?

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We have a single physical Exchange 2010 standard server in production already and would like to introduce a virtual machine running Exchange 2016 Standard or Enterprise Server to coexist with the Exchange 2010 server. Note:  we not yet decided on Exchange 2016 Standard or enterprise due to a vast difference in cost.

The Exchange 2016 server will run all features and the Exchange 2010 standard server will be used for just remote archiving still proving capabilities for users.

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Thank you for your reply.

Having perused the URLs you posted, I'm assuming that its fine for Exchange 2010 Standard edition and Exchange 2016 Standard / Enterprise edition to coexist as there is nothing stated at all about edition incompatibility!

So thanks.
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Individual Exchange server versions do not matter and can be mixed and matched.  However, if you had a DAG, the OS and Exchange versions must match.
Pete LongTechnical Consultant
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> I'm assuming that its fine for Exchange 2010 Standard edition and Exchange 2016 Standard / Enterprise edition to coexist

100% yes, Exchange org does not care about standard/enterprise*, those provide limitations within the actual server not the org :)

Pete

*Disclaimer: As the whole thing is stored in AD config, that's not strictly true, but for the purpose of this question it is.
Hasin Ahmed ChoudharyExchange Administrator

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Part of my answer should be as assisted solution too

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