Perform Mailbox Moves on Exchange 2010

This guide shows how to perform mailbox moves and to monitor them.


  • Open up the Exchange Management Console.
  • Expand Recipient Configuration and then click on Mailbox.
  • A list of all the users mailboxes will show on the right and will show on which the mailbox currently resides.


  • Step 1 -> Right Click on the users mailbox.
  • Step 2 -> Click on “New Local Move Request…”


  • The New Local Move Request Window will come up.
  • Step 1 -> Click on the Browse button to select a database to move the user to.


  • Select the Database and then click on the ok button.


  • Once you made you selection on the previous screen it will show under the target mailbox database.
  • Step 1 -> click next.


  • Step 1 -> You can select to skip corrupted messages and enter in a value as shown above.
  • Step 2 -> Click Next.


  • On the summary page you can see the options you selected previously.
  • Step 1 -> Click on the New button to submit and start the mailbox move.


  • Step 1 -> Click the finish button.

Monitor Mailbox Move:


  • Go back to the EMC (Exchange Management Console) and click on Move Request.
  • On the right hand side it will the status.

If you want to monitor the mailbox move from the EMS (Exchange Management Shell) then open up the EMS as Administrator.


  • Step 1 -> Click Start.
  • Step 2 -> Expand Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and right click on Exchange Management Shell.
  • Step 3 -> Click on Run as Administrator.


  • The EMS will open up.


  • Step 1 -> run the following command: Get-MoveRequest | Get-MoveRequestStatistics
  • This will show the status, size of the mailbox and the Percent complete.
  • Once the move is complete you can go back to the EMC and right click on the move request and clear it.

Hope it helps

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