Move Mailbox from One Database to Other in Exchange 2016

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Exchange 2016 have option to move mailbox from one database to other. This is also called local move request where mailboxes are moved within same forest. After creating new mailbox database you can create new mailboxes in this database or move existing mailboxes to the database. In this post, I will show steps to move mailbox from one database to other in Exchange 2016.

Move Mailbox from One Database to Other in Exchange 2016

Log on to Exchange Admin Center (EAC). Click recipients in the features pane. Select migration tab. Click + and click Move to a different database option.

Move Mailbox from One Database to Other in Exchange 2016

New migration batch page opens.

users to move

You have two options to specify users you want to move. You can use CSV file or choose users from the list. The option, select the users that you want to move is select by default. I will choose the default option. Click + “Add”.

choose users

Chooser users that you want to move to new mailbox database. You can select multiple users with shift+left-click or ctrl+left-click. Here, I will select all mailboxes including default mailboxes. Click add. Click OK.

ready to move

Click next.

migration

Type name of migration batch. Under Archive, choose the first option as second and third option is not valid for Exchange 2016. Under Target Database, click Browse and choose the destination database. Click next.

new migration

Specify administrator to be contacted once the migration is complete. You can choose whether the migration batch should start automatically or manually. I choose automatically. Click new to start the migration. The migration will now start.

migration stat

You can monitor the migration as shown above. Click view details to view more details of the migration.

migration detail

As you can see above the mailbox DWalda@mustbegeek.com has completed migration.

verify database move

In this way you can move mailbox from one database to other in Exchange 2016. You can also move mailboxes from Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016.

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