Step by Step guide for Exchange server 2010 to 2016 Migration

Read ahead if you want to know how to migrate all your mailboxes and server roles from legacy Exchange 2010 deployment to Exchange Server 2016. There are a slew of advantages that the Exchange Server 2016 offers over its earlier iterations:

  • Increased connection stability and reliability.
  • A vastly improved search capability.
  • All new architecture centred around the cloud.
  • Easy Exchange mailbox access from anywhere and across multiple different types of devices ranging from smartphones to tablets.
  • Revamped OWA (Outlook on the Web) interface.
  • An enhanced Exchange Admin center (EAC) for centralised management of all Exchange functions that is immensely superior to the Exchange Management Console (EMC) of
    Exchange 2010.

Taking into consideration all of the aforementioned features, it is but natural for organizations to contemplate upgrading Exchange 2010 to 2016. The process of migration of Exchange 2010 to 2016 however needs careful planning and preparation. While the migration itself can be quite a challenging task, the manner in which you choose to migrate mailboxes from the source server to destination server can make it more efficient and less intimidating.

Before proceeding further, you must be aware of some of the fundamental architectural differences between the two Exchange versions such as the fact that Client Access, Unified Messaging, Hub transport and Mailbox server roles in Exchange 2010 are consolidated under a single role – the Mailbox server role in Exchange 2016. Also MAPI is now the default protocol as it is more reliable than RPC over HTTP.

Once you’ve taken care of the system requirements and have prepared the system for Exchange 2016 installation, then you can head over to the Exchange Deployment Assistant for a detailed walk through on how to proceed with the Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration.

Easy solution for Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration

If you’ve come this far then you’d probably know by now that the migration process is quite complex and time consuming. Any missteps can lead to unintended consequences and may even hamper the whole migration project. This is why it is recommended to use a simple yet reliable tool like EdbMails for Exchange Migration. EdbMails can Migrate all your user mailboxes and even public folder/archive mailboxes to target Exchange server seamlessly. Moreover the migration process is truly incremental meaning that successive migrations will migrate only the newly added items to your mailbox there by saving precious bandwidth and time.

Here are some of the advantages of using EdbMails over the native method:

  • No complex powershell scripts involved.
  • Easily map mailboxes between the source server and target server.
  • Simple and easy to understand user interface.
  • Ensures no duplicate items on successive migrations.
  • Brick level migration to give you the option to migrate individual mail, contacts, calendar items etc

Step by Step Guide for Exchange 2010 to 2016 Migration

  1. Start EdbMails and select the Export Method as ‘Exchange Migration’ and click ‘Continue’.
  2. Enter the Live Exchange impersonated user account credentials to connect to Source Exchange 2010 Server and click ‘Login to Live Exchange’.
    Click here to know how to set the impersonation rights.
  3. After successful login, verify all the required Live Exchange mailboxes are listed and click ‘Continue’
  4. Select all mailboxes that you wish to migrate. You can also select the folders from the mailboxes that you wish to exclude during the migration, in the right pane. Afterwards, select ‘Migrate to Destination Exchange’ button.
  5. Enter the Live Exchange account credentials to connect to Destination Exchange 2016 Server. Before connecting to Live Exchange server make sure to set the impersonation rights to a Exchange server user.
    Click here to know how to set the impersonation rights.
  6. After successful login to destination Exchange server, verify all the required Live Exchange mailboxes are listed and click ‘Continue to Mailbox Mapping’.
  7. Map the source Exchange 2010 mailboxes to requisite target Exchange 2016 mailboxes and click on ‘Migrate Live Exchange to Live Exchange’.
  8. During the migration operation, detailed progress will be displayed as shown in the screenshot below.
  9. Once the migration operation is completed, the message ‘Migration operation has been completed.’ will be prompted.

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