In November, Microsoft launched the Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant. In the initial version of the Deployment Assistant, content was available for customers upgrading from Exchange 2003. Microsoft has now announced that they have released content for the following scenarios to http://technet.microsoft.com/exdeploy2010:
- Upgrading from Exchange Server 2007
- Upgrading from a mixed Exchange Server 2003/2007
- New Exchange Server 2010 installation
The Deployment Assistant allows you to create Exchange 2010 deployment instructions that are customized to your environment. The Deployment Assistant asks a small set of questions, and based on your answers, it provides a set of instructions that are designed help you install and complete a basic configuration on Exchange 2010. Instead of reading dozens of topics in the Exchange 2010 Technical library, you simply answer a few questions, and the Deployment Assistant gives you customized content to install Exchange 2010.
I would recommended however that you also read the Technical Library later on as the instructions provided are basic and may not meet all of your needs if you already have an older install of Exchange that isn’t a standard installation or if you have another mail system such as Lotus Domino or GroupWise.