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Top 10 migration problems LepideMigrator for Exchange solves

I wanted to share some useful tips on resolving migration problems LepideMigrator for Exchange solved for me !

More and more organizations are looking to migrate to Office 365 or the Cloud but they often run into problems when it comes to actually executing it. I am listing out the top ten of the most common problems businesses may encounter before, during and after the migration and how Lepide Exchange Migrator can help you overcome them.

 1.     Technical complexities

Exchange migrations can be complex due to a number of reasons: cross-forest and double-hop migration scenarios, heavy migration load, lack of resources or technically adept people, migration deadlines and the desire to minimize office downtime. Lepide Migrator allows you to migrate to Exchange in any of these scenarios and can run without manual intervention so that business processes remain uninterrupted.

2.     Knowing how the migration will go before you start

You may know your network speed and the amount of data you have to migrate, but knowing this does not mean you know how long the migration will take. Without knowing this you are likely to struggle when meeting deadlines due to not being able to effectively deploy resources. Lepide Migrator for Exchange conducts pre-migration analysis in order to calculate the approximate time the migration will take.

3.     Inadequacy of native migration methods

Native migration features vary according to the version of Exchange. In general, they do not allow for complex migration scenarios and do not ensure seamless continuity of email communication in the new environment. Microsoft also doesn’t provide technical support for migrations. Lepide Migrator provides advances features that are not available natively, including in-depth alerting and reporting to track the progress of your migration from start to finish.

4.      Shortage of resources

Without the right resources the migration could take an extremely long time to complete, or even fail altogether. Sometimes, Exchange administrators lack the skills to execute the complex migrations. Lepide Migrator is a simple, user-friendly solution that allows administrators to spread the migration load across multiple systems.

5.     Hassles of manual migration management

Performing a migration manually will require time and attention. If this is done during office hours it can affect the day-to-day work of your employees. With Lepide Migrator you can schedule the migration to run at any time to suit you. It will run automatically so there is no need to worry about downtime.

6.     Inability to migrate everything

Native Migration tools make it difficult to migrate folder permissions, meta data and the properties of mailboxes and public folders. Lepide Migrator migrates everything to leave you with one less thing to worry about.

7.     Errors and disruptions

Errors can be caused by database mounting issues, server connectivity issues, mailbox accessibility issues and mailbox corruption. Inaccessibility of public folders after the migration is also a common issue. Lepide Migrator deals with these errors as they arise to decrease disruptions.

8.     Lack of control over the migration process

Once the migration has started, administrators may want to pause or end it before it has completed. They may also want to know the status of the migration to anticipate any potential errors that may arise. This is not possible to do with native migration tools, but our solution will provide you with reports and alerts at every stage and will allow you to pause or end the migration at any time.

9.     Unavailability of selective migration features

Many organizations want to migrate data selectively so as to save space, time and effort. But it is difficult to filter the content of mailboxes and mailbox folders. Also, it is difficult to remove duplicate items from public folders prior to the migration. Lepide Migrator makes all this possible.

10. End-users get impacted

During and after the migration, end users may face a lot of challenges. Information available on one server (calendar entries, invitations, schedules, contacts) may not be available on the other and vice versa. After the migration, there may be delays in providing permissions to access mailboxes and public folders. Outlook profiles may also have to be created from scratch. Lepide Migrator migrates everything including folder permissions and Outlook profiles/rules to ensure the least impact on the end user.


There are numerous problems you may encounter during Exchange migrations if you attempt to perform them manually. LepideMigrator for Exchange should help you to overcome these problems by providing you with a user-friendly, scalable and fully automated solution.