Recommended Deployments

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will reach end of support on April 11, 2017. To stay supported, you will need to upgrade. For more information, see Resources to help you upgrade your Office 2007 servers and clients.


Applies to: Exchange Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007 SP1, Exchange Server 2007 SP2, Exchange Server 2007 SP3

Any supported Exchange organization can be categorized into one of the following four Exchange organization types:

  • Simple Exchange organization

  • Standard Exchange organization

  • Large Exchange organization

  • Complex Exchange organization

Before you deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, it is important to know which of these best describes your existing Exchange organization, and which of these you want your organization to be after you deploy Exchange 2007. To scan your existing organization before you deploy Exchange 2007, you should use the Microsoft Exchange Best Practices Analyzer Tool. In addition to providing errors, warnings, best practices, and other information that you may want to resolve before installing Exchange 2007, the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer will also alert you as to which of the four organization types you have. For more information about the Exchange Best Practices Analyzer, see Microsoft Exchange Analyzers.

After you have determined what type of organization you have and what type you want to deploy, you can use the topics in this section to guide you through the learning, planning, and deployment phases for that type of organization. This section contains the following topics: