Email is a mission-critical application. The current Exchange 2010 shared-service environment is reaching the end of if its useful life cycle. The project begins implementation of an upgrade from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016.
- Phase I – Perform an operational upgrade for the on-premises Exchange and IronPort applicance infrastructure by and move the alternate DR site from S&T to UMKC.
- Phase II – Conduct a technical investigation to prepare for a hybrid architecture using Microsoft Office 365 by mid 2017.
- Phase III – Based on the findings of the investigation above, develop a plan to implement the results of the investigation.
Phase I Deliverables
- On-premises Exchange replacement design.
- Hybrid architecture, including authentication infrastructure design.
- Equipment order and installation for Phase I on-premises replacement.
- Installation and configuration of a new/upgraded firewall and a new/upgraded hardware load balancer in the Columbia and UMKC sites.
- Configuration, testing, and deployment of Exchange 2016 for all campuses.
- Configuration, testing, and deployment of replacement IronPort infrastructure.
- Decommissioning Exchange 2010, DPM, and TMG infrastructure.
The upgraded Exchange 2016 environment will affect faculty and staff Exchange email users in a variety of ways.
- Email clients must be able to support the robust MAPI/HTTP environment.
- Direct MAPI access to mailboxes will no longer be available; all mailbox access will be via HTTPS.
- The following clients will no longer be supported:
- MAPI/CDO clients
- Outlook 2007
- Outlook for MAC 2008 EWS version
- Blackberry 5x
- Outlook Web App (OWA) will no longer have a built-in spell check service; the spell check features from the web browser will be used.
- There will be a change in selecting rooms for meetings.
- Managing sent mail for shared mailboxes will be affected.
- Record retention through Managed Folders will be changed.