sbs 2011 new install-- move mailboxes from external hostIntermedia

Posted on 2011-10-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
I have 15 users on a hosted Exchange 2010 e-mail service (hosted by Intermedia) and the users are also concurrently connected to my (soon to be retired) in house Windows 2003 server domain controller for network drives.  

The plan (hope) is to create a 'remote move request' to move these mailboxes to my new clean install of SBS 2011.  

I don't want to break sbs 2011 by going outside of the normal migration wizards.  

Any concerns/ caveats- or has  anyone used this feature to pull mailboxes from an external domain/forest?
Question by:mwinick
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    With only 15 users I would be tempted to export each user's Outlook (cache mode enabled) content to a local pst, set up SBS via the wizards and standard procedures, and then import the pst's into the new profiles. Most of the documented SBS <=> hosted Exchange migrations are one way, to the cloud.
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    The move mailbox feature requires a trust between domains. And SBS does not support trusts. Even if it did, it'd be unlikely that the hosting company would let you set one up. So, in short, export to PST is your best option, even if it wasn't the answer you wanted to hear.


    Author Comment

    I'm with you guys and will prob (begrudgingly) go the route you suggest. Howeever, for the record- when we moved these mailboxes from exchange 2003 to intermedia several months ago- a trust between domains was NOT setup.  All intermedia needed to suck our email to their system was my besadmin mailbox password.
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    by:Rob Williams
    As mentioned there are tools, options, and documentation on moving to the cloud, but to the best of my knowledge no reverse options as of yet. Keep in mind there is money for the cloud vendor in making it as easy as possible for you to migrate to their services, but nothing to be gained by assisting with moving you back.

    Author Closing Comment

    Oh well-- will go the archaic PST export/import process.   Thanks

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