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sbs 2008 - migrate exchange mailboxes and settings

hi,

i am running an sbs 2003 - 2008 migration. i am currently on the above mentioned task.

i have started the wizard but there does not seem to be anything happening?
i have read that it can take some time to start - but in reality how long should i wait before i consider something to be wrong?

is there any way to check the wizard is actually functioning?

thanks,
Al
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alan_kellyAuthor Commented:
PS on the wizard 'next' is grayed out!!
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ConchCrawlCommented:

Important: Have you run the Migration Preparation Tool?
http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/12/19/sbs-2008-migrations-fail-when-the-migration-preparation-tool-has-not-been-run.aspx 
You can also look at the adprep log files to see if there are any errors indication where it is failing.
C:\WINDOWS\debug\adprep\logs\20080923153448\ look in adprep.log and ldif.log.
It more that likely is failing the adpep on the excange, but it definately isn't a normal thing for it to just stop and popup a help screen.
I might ask a question, if you clear the help screen then what happens?
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Glen KnightCommented:
Which wizard are you talking about?
Can you post a screen capture?

What happens if you try to move a mailbox using the Exchange Managament Console?
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alan_kellyAuthor Commented:
"Migrate exchange mailboxes and setting " Wizard
exch-migrate.jpg
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alan_kellyAuthor Commented:
i did run the prep tool on the sbs 2003 box. everything looked fine and i did all other recommended taks about ensuring the box was ready for migration - checking active dir and DNS in the error log.

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ConchCrawlCommented:
This process shouldn't take long to start is it still just sitting there with the greyed out next box? How long have you given it?
The whole process should take 2-4hours after it starts.
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Glen KnightCommented:
It doesn't do anything.
If you click the link it will simply instruct you to use the Excange Management Console to move the mailboxes then you check to say it's comlete and click next
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Glen KnightCommented:
So from the Exchange Management Console under Recipient Configuration > Mailbox right click on the mailboxes (you can bulk select if you want) and select move mailbox.

It should be displayed as a legacy mailbox at the moment?
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ConchCrawlCommented:
Oh ok, I think I see what's going on, thanks demazter, it's just a dummy box that's waiting on you to complete the task and you tell it when you've completed the task :-))
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ConchCrawlCommented:
What was throwing me he said a help box came up during the wizard and the wizard wouldn't go any further, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
 
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Glen KnightCommented:
I will be objectin as that's exactly what I said!
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ConchCrawlCommented:
Now demazter, remember what you said yesterday ;-), doesn't feel so good when you are on the other side :-).
I'm just having a little fun,but sometimes as usual the screens don't update while posting comments and our comments get scrambled.
But I definately don't have a problem in splitting the points if alan wants to change it, fine by me.
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Glen KnightCommented:
Your comment that was accepted had nothing to do with the final solution.

Very diffeent to an author posting their solution and accepting it as the answer.
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Glen KnightCommented:
And it's actually more about the PAQ value of this question.  A future browser willcome along and see the green and think that's the answer when it clearly isn't.
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ConchCrawlCommented:
Actually in the comments he posted he indicated he had solved the problem and realized what he was doing wrong. He doesn't indicate that he saw the posts to come up with that conclusion.
Also, I can say when I'm posting and people are posting fast and furious I miss quite a bit of posts before my next comments get posted. I know I posted other comments before I was even aware of the paq.
So all in all I think we were all getting to the same conclusion, I'm not sure he selected the right comment as the solution but again he must've done that before he saw the other comments. Because his comments indicated that he hadn't seen the additional comments by us before paq the question.
I know you might disagree with me but this is what I was objecting about yesterday to a great degree.
But again I don't see any problem with splitting the points, but if your contention is that you deserve all the points, then I object to that.
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Glen KnightCommented:
You didn't even mention the Exchange Management Console or the "dumy" box until AFTER I posted and you even confirmed this in your post by saying "I think I see what's going on, thanks demazter".  

Exactly which post of yours do you feel was part of the solution? I am posting frommy iPhone so I would be very suprised if I could get there before you did.

You seemed to be talking about the sourcetool which if this hadn't been run the migration wouldn't even have got this far it would have failed at install.
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ConchCrawlCommented:

My original comments were reposted from a related question that he had posted and paq, so since I had posted the comments on that question after it was closed, and before I knew it, I reposted them here so he could see them.

Those comments were not completely related to this question and this might be where the confusion came in.
I did see your post about the screenshot and opened the screenshot to see what was going on, and I commented and gave you credit for pointing that out. I had not seen the paq at that point and did not know about your next comment about the EMC before I posted the comments where I gave you credit.
After that post and seeing the author's comment and seeing your comments I didn't feel I needed to further elaborate about the EMC since he had indicated he had already figured it out on his own. So again I don't know which came first your comment about the EMC or him figuring out on his own.
I sure have no clue, since he hasn't commented, which if any of our comments lead him in the right direction and he made no mention in his comments if he had ever seen your post about the EMC.
I believe you have the right to object and make your case for that objection the same I have on a similar situation. I hope my comments about lays out the scenario I understood at that time.
So all I can say is here is a quote from you about a very similar issue where I was on the other side.
conchcrawl > If that is the solution the MS PSS have provided then that is the correct way to close the question.

We don't generally argue with the askers, hypercat has provided the solution used, none of the options offered prior to the solution being posted would have led to this conclusion.
To be honest, it makes no difference, the asker has provided the solution and has accepted that as the answer
I have the upmost respect for you emazter and I would never do anything to knowingly take your credit, I don't work that way. But it does appear your trying to have it both ways.
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Glen KnightCommented:
I think you will find that was very different.
The asker here has accepted a post that had NOTHING to do with the solution.

Hypercat accepted what was a workable solution for her.

They are very different scenarios.
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ConchCrawlCommented:
Then at this point I would say all good men should agree to disagree and I will accept whatever the moderator and asker determines.
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alan_kellyAuthor Commented:
my apologies - i just discovered that there are a number of steps that need to be completed manually. the wizard doesnt do it automatically.

thanks for your help
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