Planning Phase: Discovery
The planning phase enables the Exchange Server 2003 design consultant time to paint the detailed picture of what the end-state of the upgrade will look like, and also to detail exactly how the network will evolve to this new state. The goals of the project are clear, what's in and what's out are documented, the resources required are defined, the timeline for the planning phase and an initial sketch of the risks are anticipated, and the budget is estimated.
Understanding the Existing Environment
If the organization has multiple Exchange servers in place, third-party add-on applications, multiple sites, complex remote access, or security requirements, a network audit makes sense. If an outside company is spearheading ...