As Microsoft Exchange 2007 Reaches End of Life, Are You Ready to Exchange Your Exchange?

In April 2017, Microsoft Exchange 2007 will reach it’s End of Life (EoL), meaning that support will no longer be available.

Microsoft recently issued the following statement in relation to this:

Almost all Microsoft products have a support lifecycle during which we provide new features, bug fixes, security fixes, and so on. This lifecycle typically lasts for 10 years from the date of the product’s initial release, and the end of this lifecycle is known as the product’s End of Life. When Exchange 2007 reaches its End of Life on April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Technical support for problems that may occur;
  • Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server;
  • Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches;
  • Time zone updates.

Your installation of Exchange 2007 will continue to run after this date. However, because of the changes listed above, we strongly recommend that you migrate from Exchange 2007 as soon as possible.

The bad news is that the fact that Exchange 2007 is still fairly widely used and with the end of support now in place, the risks to resolving technical support coupled with the security fixes not being applied will make this a high priority to get a resolution plan either in place or progressed.

The good news is that SCC has a set of services to ensure you migrate to a supported version aligned to your strategy. These include:

  • Migration to a currently supported version – e.g. 2010 or above;
  • Migration to an Office 365 style offering that would utilise Microsoft’s (or SCC’s) cloud solution offerings.

Our February article discussed a number of similar applications due to become end of support in the near future.

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