Because I’m doing more and more Office 365 migrations I was looking for a solution to automate this proces. I was looking for a tool that could automatically migrate mailboxen, contacts, public folders etc. Ofcourse using PST-files is one way to do it, but when you are migrating lots of data (Gb and/or users) this could take some time. I’ve heard the name BitTitan several times their product MigrationWiz seems to good to be true. I decided to ask them for a trial license to test the product.
MigrationWiz doesn’t require any special software, this because it’s all webbased. Just go to the website and login. After logging in you see the following :
First you have to create a connector. A connector is the link between your old en your new environment. Setting up a connector is an easy thing to do :
In the above picture you can any source configuration you are using, you can choose the same options in the target. So you can use MigrationWiz for the fallback scenario also.
You can also specify what to migrate :
Ofcourse you can migrate emails, but also calenders, contacts but also the rules(!) I particularly like that option because I created many rules to move incoming mails to their folders and their is no other easy way to export/import those.
After creating your first connector you can find it in the manage connector section :
In this view you can easily edit the connector, view statistics and see the mailboxes you are about to migrate.
After creating the connector you can add the mailboxes you wish to create. Their are several ways to do that. First you can manually add them :
You don’t have to have each user’s password. You can select one migration account which has access to all the exchange accounts.
Another way is to do a bulk import :
As you can see in the above screen, everything is fairly easily and their is little room for mistakes. It would be nice although if you could select the mailboxes from a list that MigrationWiz provides but that option isn’t (yet?) available.
After adding the mailbox(es) you can start the migration with the option buttons :
The first button is to start the migration, the second gives you the details, you can change the settings of delete the mailbox from MigrationWiz (not Exchange!)
After starting the migration you can see the progress in detail :
At this point you just have to wait for the mailboxes to complete. 🙂
Other thing I think are worth mentioning :
Migration Skydrive / Google Drive data :
Migration Public Folders :
It’s also possible to export all your exchange data to PST for back-up or legal reasons :
I’m very enthousiastic about MigrationWiz and I think I will testdrive their other products also. Migration maildata is easy and works as it supposed to. Some minor improvements would be nice like the option to select the mailboxes instead of importing them with one of the bulk options. I also noticed that the impact on the source exchange system is noticeable, but you can tweak the options. So look out for importing all your exchange data during daytime without looking into the tweak options.
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