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Microsoft Releases Exchange 2013 Deployment Assistant Tool

Microsoft on Monday released its Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant tool, designed to guide organizations through the process of migrating to Microsoft's next-generation e-mail server.

The Deployment Assistant is a Web portal that's accessed through a browser. It poses a series of questions to IT pros and, based on the responses, creates instructions for deploying Exchange 2013, according to Microsoft's description.

The Deployment Assistant portal, which can be accessed here, creates the installation tips based on on-premise, cloud and hybrid deployments.

The tool is still a work in progress and doesn't cover all deployment scenarios. This release provides support for new "greenfield" Exchange deployments. In "coming months," Microsoft plans to add instructions for upgrading from Exchange 2010 or Exchange 2007.

Deployment assistant will create a "customized checklist" for IT pros, which is supposedly more effective than the usual method of getting deployment information.

"Instead of trying to find what you need in the Exchange library, the Deployment Assistant gives you exactly the right information you need to complete your task," Microsoft claimed in the announcement.

There's also a Deployment Assistant tool for Exchange 2010, which can be accessed here.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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