Step-by-Step Guide for Exchange 2013 to 2019 Migration

Aftab Alam
Aftab Alam | Published On - 24 Aug 2022 |

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Exchange Server 2019 has brought a new set of features and changes in its environment to make it safer and adaptable with minimum resources. Its main goal is to help businesses that want to shift their focus from communication to collaboration. The overall price of on-premises Exchange Server 2019 is also reduced substantially compared to other current versions. Instead of using complex network rules and firewalls, the internal administration can be completed through the Client Access Rule.

The search features created for Exchange Online are now part of Exchange 2019, which helps the indexing of larger files, easier management, and faster search performance. Outlook Web App has a new name with ‘Outlook on the Web’ where the Exchange is available on all web browsers.

  • Operating Systems Supported by Exchange Server 2019
  • Components Supported Operating Systems
    Mailbox and Edge Transport server roles Windows Server 2019 Standard or Datacenter.
  • Supported Hardware configuration for Exchange Server 2019
    • Disk Space
    • At least 30 gigabytes
    • Memory
    • Mailbox: 128 Gigabyte minimum.
    • Edge Transport: 64 Gigabyte minimum.
    • Processor
    • Intel processor that supports 64-bit architecture.
    • AMD processor that supports 64-bit architecture.
    • Paging file size
    • 25% of the installed memory
    • Screen resolution
    • 1024 x 768 pixels
    • File System
    • NTFS, ReFS.
  • Supported email clients
  • Outlook for Mac for Office 365, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016 for Mac, Outlook 2021, and Microsoft 365 Apps for the enterprise.
  • Supported .NET frameworks
  • It is strongly recommended that the .NET framework be the latest one – either Framework 4.8 or 4.7.2.

After ensuring the hardware components per the requirement for Exchange Server 2019, you can use the Microsoft Exchange Server Deployment Assistant, which will tell you about the various checklists that will assist you in completing the installation better.

Later, go to Microsoft’s Download Center page and download the Exchange Server 2019. After downloading the installation file, click on setup.exe, and the installation wizard will open.

  1. First, it will ask for updates. There will be two options – ‘Connect to the internet and check for updates’ and ‘Don’t check for updates right now.’ Choose an option and click Next.
  2. Check the relation information; click Next.
  3. Now, accept the license agreement and click Next.
  4. On the Recommended Settings page, there will be two options – ‘Use recommended settings’ and ‘Don’t use recommended settings.’ If you choose to use recommended settings, then Exchange Server will automatically check for solutions whenever it meets an error. Click Next.
  5. On the Server Role Selection page, choose Mailbox Role and click Next.
  6. The Malware Protection Settings shows some useful information that will assist you in fighting malware and other threats. Choose Yes or No and click Next.
  7. There will be a quick readiness check, and later you can click Install to install server files.
  8. After completion of the installation of setup, you can click Finish and restart the computer.

Migrate mailboxes from 2013 to 2019

After installing Exchange 2019, you have two servers in your environment, and your next requirement is to migrate from the older 2013 to the new 2019. You can complete the process in Exchange Admin Center by migrating the mailboxes-

  1. Log in to Exchange Admin Center and go to recipients, then mailboxes. Select the mailboxes that you need to migrate to the new server.
  2. Click the Add (+) option and select ‘move to a different database.’
  3. Choose more mailboxes for migration in the next window and click Next.
  4. Provide a new name to the batch migration and choose the database in which you want to migrate. Choose the database from Exchange Server 2019. You can opt if you want to migrate the primary mailbox, public folder, or archive mailbox. Click Next.
  5. Add a user who will receive notifications of migration stages. Click Next.
  6. Choose either to start the batch instantly or after a scheduled time. It gives you control to run the batch at a later time when the Exchange Server has a lesser load.
  7. The final step of creating the migration batch is to either automatically complete the migration batch or manually complete it by clicking the ‘complete this migration batch’ link.
  8. As soon as a new batch is created, it will appear in the migration category. You can start it when you feel comfortable with the migration.

There will be a small delay in synchronization between the mailboxes as Active Directory replication may connect with their mailboxes depending on the location of the Exchange Server. After Active Directory syncs with the account completely, then you can further move mailbox in Exchange 2019 from 2013 again.

Conclusion

The manual migration from Exchange Server 2013 to 2019 may take much time to move large mailboxes and databases. As there can be different Exchange Migration methods, you can also choose professional software to migrate mailboxes. Kernel Migrator for Exchange can migrate mailboxes between any version of Exchange Server, and the number of features is also greater than any manual method. You can apply several filters and schedule the migration at any appropriate time.

There is a pre-migration analysis that will inform you about the possible outcomes of the migration procedure. It also provides a complete migration report after successful completion.