Exchange 2013 Mailbox Move

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The mailbox move process has been fine tuned in Exchange 2013 with the concept of “Batch Move”.

Similar to Exchange 2010, a single or multiple mailboxes can be moved using EAC. Mailbox move can be initiated from the move mailbox option next to a mailbox or by using the “Migration” tab in the “Recipients” node.

Move Mailbox option in 2013 EAC

Migration tab in EAC 2013

A new option exposed in the EAC is the option to use a CSV file as an input to move the mailboxes.

Move mailbox using CSV file as input in Exchange 2013

In 2013, every mailbox move needs a batch name, even if it is to move a single mailbox. There is a new option to specify a “large item limit”.

New options in move mailbox in Exchange 2013 EAC

There is an option to send an email report to an admin account, once the move is completed. This is a nice to have feature. So is the option to prepare the mailbox move and start it later.

Send email report to admin after Exchange 2013 mailbox move

In 2013, you can move the primary and archive mailbox to different database at the same time.

Move primary and archive mailbox at the same time to different databases

Do check out the 2013 way of moving mailboxes ;)

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10 comments… add one

  1. Percy J

    The GUI for batch moves is great. I’m partial to the GUI interface because I use the mouse faster than I type

    1. Rajith Enchiparambil

      Very true Percy.

  2. Turbomcp

    Thanks for sharing
    you can also do a delta sync move which you couldn’t in 2010.
    for example you move 50 users and suspend
    then a week passes but you don’t want to resume and move the delta of that one week.
    you can re-sync the differences again so the delta is smaller(without actually moving anything yet)
    then resume the suspended should take a few seconds/minutes only.

    1. Rajith Enchiparambil

      Very true Turbomcp. You could suspend in 2010, but the delta sync is new.

  3. Raheem Shapi

    You are slacking Raj, you need to post more often :)! Hope you have a good vacation!

    1. Rajith Enchiparambil

      Hi Raheem,

      I will try to post more often ;-)

  4. homepage

    Thanks a lot for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

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  5. Prateek

    In 2013, you can move the primary and target mailbox to different database at the same time.

    I think above link needs correction as

    In 2013, you can move the primary and archive mailbox to different database at the same time.

    1. Rajith Jose Enchiparambil

      Thanks Prateek.
      I have updated the article.

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