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Mailbox remains on exchange 2007 server's mailbox database even though I received a message that it was migrated successfully

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I have a mailbox that I tried migrating from exchange 2007 to exchange 2013.  I received the error, "MigrationPermanentException: Active Directory property ‎'homeMDB‎' is not writeable".  I googled the error and applied the solution from http://www.techieshelp.com/exchange-2013-active-directory-property-%E2%80%8Ehomemdb%E2%80%8E-writeable-recipient/ .   I then re-ran the migration and received an email telling me that the migration completed successfully.  However, the mailbox is still on the exchange 2007 server's mailbox database.  It didn't move at all.  Any assistance would be appreciated.
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by:ScottCha
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Sounds like some kind of corruption in that mailbox.

At this point, I'd just export the mailbox on 2007 to a .PST file, delete the mailbox, create it on the new server then import the .PST.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/exchange/2007/04/13/how-to-export-and-import-mailboxes-to-pst-files-in-exchange-2007-sp1/

Unfortunately you cannot run a New-MailboxRepairRequest as that feature wasn't available until Exchange 2010.
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by:davidrobertbristow
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I'd thought of the above but am hoping to find a more elegant solution.  The mailbox still open fine in Outlook, so I'm not suspecting corruption.
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Try bouncing the 2007 server and see if that frees something up.
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How would I bounce the 2007 server and does this have to be done after hours?  Thanks.
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by:Adam Brown
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Reboot it. Yes.
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Okay, I will reboot it tomorrow (Sat) morning early then re-try the migration.  Thank you.
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by:davidrobertbristow
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I just rebooted both our exchange 2007 and 2013 servers.  I retried the migration and it still doesn't work.  There are no error messages.  It says that the migration completed successfully.  However, the mailbox still resides on the exchange 2007 server.
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by:-MAS
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Hi,
Please try running this command
Clean-MailboxDatabase MyMailboxDatabase

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If this doesnt help please restart information store service.
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Ensure you are clearing any old Migration Batch or Move Requests. From Exchange Management Shell, do the following command:
Get-MigrationUser | Remove-MigrationUser -force

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Exchange 2013 Migration Batch Completes Successfully, But Mailbox is Not Moved : http://www.expta.com/2015/08/exchange-2013-migration-batch-completes.html

Show failed status for this mailbox:
Get-moverequest -identity 'mailbox name' 

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Clears out the move migration for this mailbox:
Remove-moverequest -identity 'mailbox name'

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Ignoring up to 100 baditems:
New-moverequest -identity 'mailbox name' -baditemlimit '100' -targetdatabase 'Mailbox Database name'

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You may also get help from this step bys step guide to migrate from Exchange Server 2007 to Exchange Server 2013: http://mstechtalk.com/step-by-step-guide-to-migrate-from-exchange-server-2007-to-exchange-server-2013/

Hope this helps!
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Worked like a charm!  Thanks so much.
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