Third-Party Exchange Online Migration Tools

Over the last 5 years we have migrated thousands of mailboxes from on premise systems to Microsoft Office 365 – Exchange Online. During those years, we have been able to identify many tools from third parties that facilitate and automate the migration processes. They use distinctive protocols and approaches to conduct email migrations from email platforms like Exchange, IBM Lotus Notes, Zimbra and Novell GroupWise.

Here are some of our favorite third-party migration tools that can assist with Exchange migrations from either Exchange or other third-party platforms:

  • Binary Tree: Provider of cross-platform messaging migration and coexistence software, with products that provide for the analysis of and the coexistence and migration between on-premises and online enterprise messaging and collaboration environments based on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino and Exchange and SharePoint.
  • BitTitan: Provider of migration solutions to Office 365. This is one of our preferred tool and is very cost efficient. Supports multiple platforms and it also has a new tool support outlook reconfiguration (DeploymentPro).
  • Dell: Provider of on-premises and hosted migration and coexistence software, including pre-migration analysis and complete user and application coexistence. Also known as Quest Migration Tools. Full-featured migrations from on-premises Exchange, IBM Domino, Novell GroupWise, Zimbra, and other environments to Office 365, and SharePoint Online. The main drawback of these tool are the cost. Not recommended from the SMB market.
  • Metalogix: Provider of migration solutions to Office 365 and SharePoint Online.
  • SkyKick: Provider of automated migration solutions to move on-premises Exchange, Gmail, POP3, IMAP, Lotus Notes to Office 365. The end-to-end migration tools help partners with the sales, planning, migration, management, and onsite phases of the migration project.
  • TransVault: Provider of migration solutions to Office 365.

 

 

Exchange Hybrid Wizard Returns an MRS Proxy Server Error

After installing Exchange 2016 and properly configured the URLs, I proceeded to run the Hybrid Configuration Wizard via Office365 portal to find an MRS Proxy error.

MRS Proxy Error

To solve this problem, I took the following steps:

  1. Open the Exchange Management Shell.
  2. Run the following command
Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory "ServerName\EWS (Default Web Site)" |FL Server,MRSProxyEnabled

If “MRSProxyEnabled :False” is returned in the output, this is the cause of the issue.

However, in my case the results where different. The command returned“MRSProxyEnabled :Enabled”. There is an issue on the hybrid server in which MRSProxy shows as Enabled when you run the Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory cmdlet, but MRSProxy is actually disabled.

SOLUTION: To solve this issue, users will have to Disable the MRSProxy, restart the IIS services, and Re-Enable the MRSProxy

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory "<ServerName>\EWS (Default Web Site)" -MRSProxyEnabled $false
IISReset
Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory "<ServerName>\EWS (Default Web Site)" -MRSProxyEnabled $true
IISReset

Interested in deploying multi-factor authentication for your business? It is now part of Office 365

Multi-factor authentication is now part of Office 365 and available for all users. Any of the following may be used for the second factor of authentication.

  1. Call my mobile phone. The user receives a phone call that asks them to press the pound key. Once the pound key is pressed, the user is logged in.
  2. Text code to my mobile phone. The user receives a text message containing a six-digit code that they must enter into the portal.
  3. Call my office phone. This is the same as Call my mobile phone, but it enables the user to select a different phone if they do not have their mobile phone with them.
  4. Notify me through app. The user configured a smartphone app and they receive a notification in the app that they must confirm the login. Smartphone apps are available for Windows Phone, iPhone, and Android devices.
  5. Show one-time code in app. The same smartphone app is used. Instead of receiving a notification, the user starts the app and enters the six-digit code from the app into the portal.

For more information about Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 please read the TechNet article Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365