Quest Updates Exchange Migration Wizard with Enhancement for Laptops
- By Scott Bekker
Quest Software began shipping a new version of its Exchange Migration Wizard this week with an important enhancement for moving laptop users from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2003 without interruption.
Exchange Migration Wizard 3.5 is the newest version of the former Aelita Exchange Migration Wizard. Quest acquired Aelita in a deal announced in January.
A key reason for the strength of Aelita's migration software was the company's attention to issues of user continuity in cases where migrations from one Microsoft platform to the next lasted for weeks or months. Most Microsoft migration tools assumed a flip-the-switch migration that can be completed over a weekend, an unrealistic scenario in large, complex environments.
Previous versions of the Exchange Migration Wizard supported real-time synchronization between the new and old environments, ensuring end user access to e-mail, calendars and free/busy information.
The new 3.5 version adds support for offline folders, also known as .ost files.
Many laptop users make regular use of offline folders, which give them the ability to access the contents of an Exchange mailbox while disconnected from the network.
The Exchange Migration Wizard starts at $15 per user mailbox.
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.