Migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 - Exchange Move Mailbox

Here's a strange one...

I have completed the migration to SBS 2008 from SBS 2003, resolved all the issues and am now in the process of moving mailboxes.

When I run the Move Mailbox on the Legacy Mailboxes from the Exchange Management Console I am having these issues:

If I open the Exchange Management Console and move a single mailbox it works the first time, if I immediately move another single mailbox it works as well. If I try a third it gets to the last screen, Move Mailbox, and looks like it's processing, I get the timer and the progress bar is moving but it never does anything, never opens the mailbox, nothing just sits there. I let it sit for over an hour and nothing happened, no error or anything.

If I try to move more than one box at a time, select all Legacy Mailboxes and move them it does the same thing on the first mailbox only.

I have to click Cancel and wait a few minutes for it to finish. If I try to move a single mailbox immediately it will do the same thing.

In order to move any mailboxes I have to exit out of Exchange Management Console and then go back in, Then I can move one at a time. But only the first 2, after that it "sticks"

I only have 36 mailboxes to move so I am muddling through it. If anyone can help that'd be great!
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Khurram Ullah KhanCommented:
can you see the application events and see any error at that time?
ClintSwineyAuthor Commented:

There is nothing logged in the Event Log and nothing is written to the Exchange Server Migration log folder.


This guide follows the same procedure that MS has in their Migrate SBS Document. I followed that document, all 88 pages meticulously. I am beyond this guide for all intents and purposes. I am now moving the data from the old Server to the new. It's just going very slow.

@Everyone Else

I was able to move 2 mailboxes at a time, it took well over 7 minutes to start the process but it did start. I think my issue is the old Exchange Server, that Box is on it's last leg, it's running a degraded RAID and working on it is like being in a slow motion time bubble. I am assuming all these issues are stemming from that.

I am afraid that the answer to this question may be that I need to be more patient.

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Khurram Ullah KhanCommented:
have you tried to restart the information store?  and after that moved bulk mailboxes?
ClintSwineyAuthor Commented:

After restarting both, the old SBS 2003 and the new SBS 2008 it still does the same thing.
ClintSwineyAuthor Commented:
I really hate to keep on doing this but once again I solved my own issue....

Basically I was not waiting long enough...

The old server is really, really slow...

When I selected a single mailbox it transfered fine. When I selected more than one it just took a long time to begin transferring, I first selected all of them, waited an hour but it never finished. I started transferring them one by one, then two by two, then 10 at a time. When doing one it would start within 10 seconds, two took about 4 minutes, with ten it took nearly 30 minutes to begin the process. So if I'd waited longer it would have eventually started with all of them. It also seems to transfer them a lot slower when more are selected, it does 4 at a time but even when it gets finished processing them all it's slow even down to the last one, much slower than when you initiate a single mailbox move. I am now transferring the last 17, I assume I'll wait between 45 minutes and an hour for it to start, then another several hours for it to finish.

So if anyone else is having this issue the answer is to wait... It will eventually start.


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