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Understanding The Need of Kernel Migrator for Exchange

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Sandeep Kumar
Experts in Data Recovery, Email Recovery, and Email & Cloud Migration Tools.

Upgrading from older Exchange server to the latest Exchange server can be tiresome, error-prone and risky, without being a seasoned exchange server administrators. It can become even problematic if you're an organization that runs on tight timelines, finite budget, and limited number of resources. Also, it requires proper scheduling of manpower and data. A manual procedure of migration can pause all such crucial tasks and that is where Kernel Migrator for Exchange stands out. This Exchange Migration tool automates the whole migration procedure removing all the risks to safely transfer the data from one exchange platform to another.


Migrator for Exchange single-handedly performs all the migration related jobs and builds a secure bridge between two different platforms. It provides the following migration facilities-

  • Exchange to exchange direct migration (Intra-forest and cross-forest).
  • Office-365-to-Office 365 migration.
  • Exchange to Office 365 migration.
  • Public folder migration from Exchange/ Office 365 to another pubic folder.
  • Exchange to hosted Exchange Server.


Features of Kernel Migrator for Exchange -


Pre-migration analysis

 
The pre-migration analysis is a highly beneficial feature which allows the administrator to evaluate the possible approximate time of migration. It gathers the information about the numbers of agents involved in the migration and the average network speed.


Agent configuration


Agent configuration accelerates the migration process with the configuration of any high-processing machine (if running idle), and helps the large-sized migration. It is also possible to  select a blackout time which will automatically pause the process at a point, and later it can be resumed from the same point easily. 


Easy migration with smaller jobs


Migrator for Exchange decreases the complexity of a large migration process by creating multiple jobs which migrate thousands of mailboxes in smaller batches. Each job can be assigned a migration start time efficiently. 


Web-based migration reports


The administrator can generate the migration report involving complete information of migrated mailboxes and their sizes. It also shows the remaining items and how much will it  require to complete. 


Real-time migration alerts and notifications


The tool constantly updates the user with real-time notifications and alerts either in the software console or directly in the user's mailbox. It provides a complete synopsis about the migration start time, migration end time, status, and migration success/failure information etc.


Rollback the migration process


If there was an error in the migration process e.g. Mailbox deleted, data mismanagement, faulty data migrated, etc. Then with the Rollback option, complete migration process can be reversed instantly. 


Migrate total properties, permissions, passwords and SID history


Migrator for Exchange not only migrates the data but every possible information associated with it like its properties, user permissions, passwords and SID history.


Multilingual support for international usage


The tool is available in four different languages - Deutsche, Española, Italia, and English  which make the tool perfectly suitable to satisfy the needs of international  clientele.


What benefits does Kernel Migrator for Exchange offer?


  • Risk free migration with smaller jobs dividing the large sized mailbox into smaller batches.
  • User can easily work on exchange server completely unaware of ongoing migration.
  • Migrates under the limited resources.
  • Provides real time notifications to update the user.
  • Removes the need of checking every assigned agent separately.
  • Pause the migration process at any point and later resume from the same point.
  • Requires fewer resources.
  • Rollback features to reverse the faulty migration.


How does Kernel Migrator for Exchange work?


Kernel Migrator for Exchange has a self-explanatory user-interface having categorized segments to easily understand each and every component of the migration from their dedicated tiles.


 The user can easily create new projects to migrate mailboxes and public folders.
 
After creating a new project, the tool allows to create a new job for the migration purpose.



Before starting the actual migration, the tool offers a pre-migration analysis which assess the approximate time required for migration based on total number of agents and network speed.


Pre-migration analysis  

Enter the Job type, job name, domain controller name/IP, username, password, network speed, and number of load agents.


The next window lets you select the number of mailboxes.



Then you can set the filters.


As soon as the tool analyzes the input data, it gives a detailed summary of how much time will it require to migrate a particular mailbox, total folder, total items, total size, and status.


SETTINGS

After pre-migration analysis, it is time to change the settings as per your migration needs. There are four types of settings – configure agents, report console settings, notification settings, and log settings.


Configure agents
 Agents are the extra system resources (RAM & Processors) within the same network which can be recruited to share the heavy load. There are four options to install agents – Manually, from active directory, scan and add, and from CSV.



Report console settings
This option provides login credentials to access report console to see details of migration job completed by the Migrator.


Notification settings
This option lets you configure server setting to receive notification alerts.

Log Settings
Log settings lets the user enable or disable the logging of mailbox migration jobs and mailbox synchronization jobs.


Mailbox configuration
It is the most important pre-migration function which lets the user set the migration limits, properties, and permission of user mailboxes and public folders from the source exchange server to destination exchange server. However, there are multiple prerequisite which must be fulfilled

  • The user must have the full administrative rights to create all migration jobs.
  • If you are going to update profile job, make sure that GPMC (Group Policy Management Console) is installed on system where Kernel Migrator for Exchange is installed.
  • To migrate to different language version of Exchange server, install the target language based Outlook on the same computer where the Migrator tool is installed.


GAL Synchronization


The Global Address List synchronization updates the Global Address List of Target Exchange with respect to the source migration objects.
In the GAL Sync wizard, enter the job name and its description.

 

 In the next window, enter the source domain details.


In the next window, enter the target domain details.



After a proper synchronization, it will give a complete GAL synchronization job details.



Add Project
After completing all the synchronization, it is time to add project to manage all migration jobs. To create a job under a project click Add button in toolbar and select "Add job for mailboxes".



After creating a job and providing a name to it, select the source.



After selecting the source mailboxes, employ the target exchange server.



After filtering the desired data and mapping target mailboxes to source mailboxes, you can start migrating data.

After a successful migration, the tool will provide a detailed summary of the whole procedure.


Click Finish to finalize the process.

However, it is recommended to first generate and activate the licenses to ensure smooth data migration throughout the process.


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