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Getting Started With Exchange 2010


Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 SP3, Exchange Server 2010 SP2

Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack (SP2) can help you achieve better business outcomes while controlling the costs of deployment, administration, and compliance. Exchange delivers a wide range of deployment options and advanced compliance capabilities.

For more information about Exchange 2010, see Exchange 2010 Overview.

Using Exchange 2010 Help

Exchange 2010 SP2 Help content is organized by feature set. Use the top-level nodes to find the most appropriate Help topics when you're planning, deploying, or managing your Exchange 2010 organization.

Looking for an offline version of this Exchange 2010 SP2 Help content? Download the Help file from the Microsoft Download Center.


Haven't upgraded to Exchange 2010 SP2? You can also download the Help file for previous versions of Exchange.

For a discussion of the new features in Exchange 2010 SP2, see What's New in Exchange 2010 SP2.

For a detailed roadmap that helps you get acquainted with all the features in Exchange 2010, see Roadmap for Exchange Features.

New to Exchange?

Before deploying Exchange 2010, your existing infrastructure must meet certain prerequisites. To help you plan the deployment of Exchange 2010 into your production environment, read Planning for Exchange 2010.

Upgrading from Exchange 2007?

Before you go too far in your planning for Exchange 2010, make sure your current Exchange Server 2007 organization meets the requirements for upgrading. To learn about planning considerations and configuration steps for upgrading from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010, read Exchange 2007 - Planning Roadmap for Upgrade and Coexistence.

Upgrading from Exchange 2003?

You can deploy Exchange 2010 in an existing Exchange Server 2003 organization that's operating in native mode. Coexistence between these two versions is supported. To learn about planning considerations and configuration steps for deploying Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2010 in a coexistence scenario, read Exchange 2003 - Planning Roadmap for Upgrade and Coexistence.

Moving to the cloud?

Exchange 2010 SP2 offers organizations the ability to extend the feature-rich experience and administrative control they have with their existing on-premises Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, or Exchange 2010 organization to the cloud via a hybrid deployment. Hybrid deployments provide the seamless look and feel of a single Exchange organization between an on-premises organization and a cloud-based organization. In addition, hybrid deployments can serve as an intermediate step to moving completely to a cloud-based Exchange organization. For more information, see Hybrid Deployments.

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