When migrating user mailboxes from Exchange 2013 to 2016, it requires good amount of time on preparing your deployment and upgrade. This is where, you exactly need a focused solution – a third-party Exchange migrator to help you smoothly overcome the unforeseen migration challenges without any Exchange downtime and disruptions.

Kernel Migrator for Exchange is a reliable third-party Exchange migration solution that provides an automated tool to effortlessly perform the Exchange migrations between two same and cross forest environments.

To read other parts in this series, go to:

Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 1)
Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 2)
Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 3)
Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 4)
Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 5)
Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016 Migration (Part 6)

Instant Solution - Kernel Migrator for Exchange

Exchange/Office 365 migrations are quite easy with professional tools like Kernel Migrator for Exchange. This tool helps to manage mailbox and public folder migrations involving different Exchange versions and deployment types. Also, this tool helps with all tasks starting from the pre-migration analysis to the preparation of reports after the migration.


Automation Process to Migrate Mailboxes from Exchange 2013 to 2016

Add Job for Mailbox(es)

Kernel Migrator for Exchange uses Job-based migration process, where you’ve to create a project and add job(s) in it, according to your migration requirements and scalability.

To proceed further, you have to select a source platform from multiple available options – Exchange Server, Office 365, and Hosted Exchange. To begin Exchange 2013 migration, you have to select Exchange Server and provides its relevant credentials.

After, providing the credentials (including username, and password), it’s essential to validate them only using the Validate button. However, make sure that the selected user has full administrative rights on all mailboxes, otherwise you not be able to perform all mailbox migration.

After adding the mailbox of Exchange Server 2013, you’ve to select the mailboxes that you want to migrate to Exchange 2016. During this process, the solution also prompts for additional information about MS Exchange for the purpose of validation.

Checkmark the mailboxes that you want to migrate, or you can also add a list of mailboxes simultaneously using ‘Import from CSV’ excel file. You can also search any particular mailbox by entering the desired keyword in the search bar or simply refresh to relist the mailboxes.

Add Target Mailbox – Exchange 2016
Select Exchange Server as target to migrate mailboxes to Exchange 2016. Here you need to select different domain to migrate to different Exchange Server of different domain.

Provide the domain controller name, username, and other credentials. After entering the credentials, validate them .

Setting Filters to Migrate Specific Mailboxes Items
Apply filters to migrate important data items from user mailboxes. You can apply filters based on Message Class(es), Date Range, Folders and more.

With Message Classes, you can filter messages of Exchange 2013 mailboxes. It’s easy to filter messages by selecting the desired item types that you want to migrate.

There is also an option to add a new custom message and provide the desired message type and message class in that custom field. Similarly, you can refine data based on date range and folder type.

Map Mailboxes and Select Migration Type
Mapping is the most convenient way to accurately migrate mailboxes between source and target mailboxes. This option lets you to instantly create a corresponding mailbox at the Target, if it doesn’t already exist.

It also provides the option to map your mailboxes automatically, or using CSV file.

Manage Bad Items and Synchronization
The bad item count is a value that would skip mailbox migration if it exceeds the given value. There is also a smart way to maintain synchronization between the migrated and un-migrated mailboxes through both ways, source to target, and target to source.

Get Notifications
A smart way to stay updated with each and every success/failure of the job/task throughout the migration project. You can control the alerts based on job start/stop/completion, bad count notification etc.

Run or Schedule Migration Job
Schedule your migration job to automatically start/stop at the given time. Simply specify the time when you want to execute a job, and configure its settings accordingly.

Migration Job Summary
Once the migration job is accomplished, it notifies the complete summary for the purpose of verification. It summarizes all the details of the selected steps that you’ve performed in the wizard.

Conclusion:
Kernel Migrator for Exchange makes it a convenient and effortless operation to migrate mailboxes from Exchange 2013 to Exchange 2016, no matter how big the organization is. It also ensures total co-existence between the migrated and un-migrated mailboxes for a total migration control.