Mailbox migration times out when going from Exchange OnPrem to O365


ISSUE:

When attempting to migrate an onPrem User mailbox from Exchange 2013 to O365, the following error is generated and the migration fails:

The request channel timed out while waiting for a reply after 00:00:00.0012345. Increase the timeout value passed to the call to Request or increase the SendTimeout value on the Binding. The time allotted to this operation may have been a portion of a longer timeout.

CAUSE:

This typically happens when the ExchangeGUID property of the mail-enabled user in O365 does not match the ExchangeGUID property of the corresponding on-premises mailbox that you are trying to migrate. The migration will then timeout because it is trying to look up the wrong ExchangeGUID and will never find it.

RESOLUTION:

Set the ExchangeGUID property of the mail-enabled user in Exchange Online (O365) to match the ExchangeGUID property of the corresponding on-premises mailbox, and then retry the move. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Retrieve the value of the ExchangeGUID property for the on-premises mailbox that you want to move. To do this, open the Exchange Management Shell on the on-premises server, and then run the following command:

    Get-Mailbox <MailboxName> | Format-List ExchangeGUID

    Make a note of the value. You'll need it later in step 2B.

     

  2. Connect to Exchange Online by using remote PowerShell. Then, do the following:

    A. Determine the value of the ExchangeGUID property of the mail-enabled user in Exchange Online. To do this, run the following command:

    Get-MailUser -Identity <UserName> | fl displayname,ExchangeGuid

    B. Set the value of the ExchangeGUID property of the mail-enabled user in Exchange Online to match the ExchangeGUID property of the on-premises mailbox. To do this, run the following command:

    Set-MailUser -Identity <UserName> -ExchangeGUID <Value Retrieved From Step 1>

  3. Retry the move.

NOTES:

There are other similar issues but I see this one more than any other when it comes to failed migrations, so I am singling it out for the purpose of this article. If this does not address your issue, please refer to TechNet for other possibilities.

Comments (1)

  1. turbomcp says:

    Great stuff
    Thanks

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