Migrations made simple: remotely moving existing data

New clients migrating from an Exchange server (in-house or hosted) are often surprised to discover that Intermedia can remotely migrate their existing data.  The introduction of RPC over HTTPS in Exchange 2003 allowed remote users to access their mailboxes with Outlook.  Users were able to get connected without the need of a virtual private network (vpn) connection to get full functionality from Outlook and the Exchange server.  Intermedia is able to take advantage of RPC over HTTPS (renamed to Outlook Anywhere in Exchange 2007/2010) to connect to mailboxes. We can use the connection to export a copy of the mailbox data and import the data into new mailboxes on Intermedia servers.

In order to allow remote connection to each mailbox, the username and password for each mailbox would normally be required. Since providing the username and password for each mailbox is often impractical, a user account with “exmerge” permissions is sufficient.

Prior to Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2, any member of the domain or enterprise administrators groups had sufficient permission to access each mailbox. Service Pack 2 explicitly removed these permissions for the administrator groups. As a result, any service that needed access to mailboxes had to be granted special permissions.  So in order to assist with data migration, clients are asked to create a new user account with the proper permissions. Instructions on setting up an account with the proper permissions and the other information on remote data migration can be found in Intermedia’s Knowledge Base

About Jung Kim

Jung began his IT career like many IT folks, with a college degree completely unrelated to IT. He fell into an IT support role when Novell NetWare dominated corporate networks. Prior to Intermedia, Jung was a consultant with two IT firms in the San Francisco Bay Area that catered to small and medium businesses.

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