Move Mailbox in Exchange Server 2013

In Exchange Server 2013 move mailbox has changed. It is now called as Migration Batches. Every single mailbox whether it is moved locally or moved to a different server or if it’s a cross forest move mailbox will have a batch name created by Administrator.

The batch contains number of mailboxes moved along with their name, status and statistics. This will help administrators to understand how many mailboxes have been moved and how many is pending.

There is a special mailbox called as Migration Mailbox (Guid) which gets created in “Active Directory Users and Computers\Users” container when the first Exchange Server 2013 is installed in the ORG. More info on this special mailbox will be written on a different blog.




DC Name : DC1

Exchange Server Name : MBX1 (Mailbox and CAS) & MBX2 (Mailbox)

Forest and Domain Functional Level : Windows Server 2008 R2


Lets Explore


Figure 1.1 : Servers

In figure 1.1 we have two servers as MBX1 and MBX2.


Figure 1.2 : Databases


Figure 1.3 : Mailboxes

In figure 1.3 Select recipients as shown above.. Although the move option is not available, however we can make a note of mailbox name, database name etc.

Once we have them in place. Now its time to prepare the new batch.


Figure 1.4 : Migration

In figure 1.4 when we select Migration we have two options as listed above.

  • Move to a different database – This can be local server or a different server
  • Move to this forest – This is cross forest move either from 2010 SP3 to 2013 Org or 2013 to 2013 ORG.

We would be selecting Move to a different database on a different server. We also have an option to see the “Status For All Batches


Figure 1.5 : New Local Mailbox Move

In figure 1.5 New local mailbox move has two options via GUI.

  • Select the Users that you want to move.
  • Specify the users with a CSV file.

In this blog I have used the first option.


Figure 1.6 : Selecting Users Manually.

In figure 1.6 what we see in the selection window is User Mailboxes along with special system mailboxes. Select only User mailboxes and click on add as shown above.


Figure 1.7 : 5 Mailboxes to Migrate


Figure 1.8 : Move Configuration

In figure 1.8 specify the Batch Name as per your choice for reference. Select the database name as shown above.


Figure 1.9 : Start the batch

In figure 1.9 you have an option to select desired user who will receive the batch report. You have to two options here to start the batch.

  • Automatically start the batch
  • Manually start the batch later.

Choice is yours.


Figure 1.10 : Status

In figure 1.10 the status is showing as Syncing. You can click on View Details as shown above to know more about the status.


Figure 1.11 : Details view

In figure 1.11 View details gives you more information about the move. It also gives an option to check “Skipped item Details” for individual mailboxes as shown above.


Figure 1.12 : Status Completed Successfully.


Figure 1.13 ; Detailed view.

In figure 1.13 Detailed view gives an exact view of completion status with Data migrated, migration rate, error etc..


Figure 1.14 : Shell Output


Figure 1.15 : Status email sent to Administrator

In figure 1.15 the status shows as Completed: None and Total Mailboxes: None. Although shell shows the status as completed. We can safely ignore this email. Since the product is in the starting stage. We can expect the fix in the near future.

In the next blog we will see how to migrate mailboxes using CSV.


Happy Learning


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Comments: 4
  1. Eric chiu

    Simply move Exchange server mailbox to new server. May this blog helpful for Exchange server users. if you have need to move Exchange server mailboxes then visit :

  2. Sunder

    Thank you henrik. I am your great fan.

  3. henrik walther

    You can move your MS Exchange data including e-mail, contacts, tasks, calendar and notes from your old Microsoft Exchange account to a new account. You Export/Import Your mailbox in form of pst file. For more information, please visit here

  4. Sunder

    Hi Eric,

    The steps mentioned above is recommended by Microsoft and also it is supported.
    Yours is a third party solution which may or may not be supported.

    Thank You

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