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Mailbox Migration: What have you done for me lately?

Mailbox Migration: What have you done for me lately?

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Hi again!  We talked briefly before about what was new with directory migration, but you may well ask what have you done for me lately?  Well I’ll tell you.  Directory migration wasn’t the only place we made improvements, mail migration also got some love.  

  1.  Performance!  We’ve improved performance for mail migration in a couple of ways.  First of all, whereas we used to write everything to disk and then read everything from disk between extraction and injection.  Now everything is passed from the extractor to the injector in memory, so you no longer have to take the disk I/O hit in migration.  Secondly, we’ve implemented multi-threaded mailbox migration, which makes us much faster than before.
  2. Merge Mode!  Let’s say you’re migrating a 2GB mailbox, and somewhere in the middle, you lose network connectivity.  In the past, if you re-migrated the whole mailbox, you’d get duplicates of any messages that had already come over.  You could limit the re-migration down to a specific date range to overcome this, but that solution is a little cumbersome.  In the new world order, we have merge mode!  Now when you re-migrate the mailbox, we’ll detect which messages are already there and not re-inject them.
  3.  No More SC2!  We now have better calendar content fidelity in migration, which is possible because we now inject calendar content directly into the target mailbox instead of sending it through an SC2 file along the way.
  4.  Web Services!  Our mail injector now populates the target mailbox through Exchange 2007 Web Services.  We used to inject using MAPI, which meant that the ports that you needed to have open between the migration client and the target server were all of the MAPI RPC ports.  Web Services uses HTTPS, which means that 443 is what you need to have open between you and Exchange for mail injection.
  5. PowerShell!  Like the rest of our tools, all of this glorious functionality is exposed through PowerShell tasks, which infuses you with Fabulous Scripting Powers (fabulous scripts to follow)!

--Jenna

Comments
  • We are just migrating calendar entries for our users. Does the same rule apply for merge model to calendar entries? (ie no duplications if we re-run the mig?) Also - we have seen that appointments migrated across from Notes are marked "overdue" so that the user has to hit dismiss many many times when first opening their outlook client for the first time.

  • First: Yes we also merge calendars, so if you have already migrated a calendar and you remigrate you will only get new items.

    Second: Thanks for reporting on the 'overdue' items.  This is because Outlook will trigger a reminder for all appointments with reminders regardless of if they are in the past.  This is something that we are now looking at, but currently all that is needed is just to 'Dismiss All' after a migration.

  • Hi. trying to use the move-dominomailbox to migrate calendar entries only. We want to migrate entires from this year only. I have tried to use the -Emailstart parameter with value 01/01/2007 but this did not work - entries much older than this were migrated. How can I enaure that only calendar entries from this year are migrated?

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