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Heerbrugg Cantonal School

Heerbrugg Cantonal School

Every effort was made to ensure a rapid and straightforward transition to a once-again sustainable and stable platform during operation. All of these goals were achieved without difficulty.

Transition from Exchange Server 2003 to Exchange Server 2010

As the high school in the canton of St. Gallen, it offers all training programs (grammar school, specialized school and school of economics).

Initial situation

The Exchange Server 2003 that was commissioned in 2006 still worked perfectly well but in view of the hardware's age, modernization had to be considered. The 2007 version of Exchange was consciously eliminated as an option as it would not have brought the school any advantages. Because the Heerbrugg school was in the process of expanding and undergoing renovations, and because school operation had been sourced out in various provisional solutions, IT services were seriously overloaded. As a result, the decision was made to carry out the transition with the help of an external partner. Since iGeeks had already helped to rebuild the active directory in 2006 and the collaboration was a success, the decision as to which partner to choose was an obvious one.


Because the infrastructure requirements for Exchange 2010 were already in place, installation began immediately and Windows Server 2008 R2 was provided to make this possible. Forefront Online Protection for Exchange had already been installed successfully, which meant that the choice of on-premise anti-spam and antivirus solutions was easy. Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange was chosen to provide the best possible integration. Because coexistence had never been part of the plan, all mailboxes and data in public folders were moved overnight. All that remained to ensure the secure release of Exchange Web Services was the task of adapting the rules in the existing Forefront Threat Management Gateway. The Legacy Exchange Server was able to be deinstalled just one day after the Exchange data had been transferred.

Advantages and uses

Microsoft Exchange 2010 facilitates a reliable and intuitive platform for communication within the school. Home access for teachers and students is made easy via the browser-independent Outlook WebApp and Outlook Anywhere.

Products, solutions and services

  • Server
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange
  • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway

About Kantonsschule Heerbrugg



Enterprise size
Number of employees: 100 teachers, 28 employees, ca. 600 students
Number of locations: 1
Number of users: ca.730