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6/2/2011 6:22:28 PM
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I migrated Exchange without regard to migrating Add2Exchange, we have to Migrate Add2Exchange as well so what are my options?

Usually migrations are easy and smooth when done with a bit of planning in advance.  If a migration of Exchange is expected, there are ways to migrate Add2Exchange to accommodate the move easily. 

If you have not migrated mailboxes or public folders yet, and you are planning this migration beforehand, then Congratulations!

Your company may be on Premier Support and have all the tools necessary already. Start this process by requesting support.

Sometimes it happens that IT administrators have not taken into account Add2Exchange replication when migrating Exchange. If this is your case, there are several options, each designed to fix the system as quickly as possible.

If the migration has already occurred, it is likely you will need some tools and support to assist and relicense the application. Since you may not have dereplicated data before you migrated the mailboxes, the mailboxes may have replicated data in them and remaking the relationships will cause duplication, so it may be necessary to remove the data (from default folders) or sync to a new folder and remove the data. See all option scenarios below.

  • If you don't have or want the tools licensed, or you can't do remote support and/or do not have Premier Support in place, the "almost free way" is to remove all Add2Exchange relationships and select to remove the destination copies, and then run a complete sync before the migration. This will dereplicate everything and you can remake the relationships on the (old or) new server.  However, many businesses do not like this option because the users do not have access to even the "stale" data that was replicated before the migration.  If you do not want to remove and rebuild the relationships or have already migrated, then the following options below are available to proceed. 

  • If you have migrated mailboxes and or public folders already, when you sync the relationships will naturally go into alert because they are in a different data store and environment. Do the Preinstaller Permissions on the new server and do not delete those alerted relationships. It is best practices to fix them with the Recovery tool and relicense. If you are doing a stepped migration, leave the Add2Exchange Service account on the older server until all the other users with relationships are moved. 

The best value and shortest resolution in any situation you are in now or will be in the future, is to consider the Premier Support and the essential Tools Bundle  - Option 1 below.  As a benefit of the Premier Support program, the savings start immediately with a free license transfer and over 60% discount on advanced Essential tools to manage your installation now and in the future. (Add2Exchange ToolBox, Add2Exchange Recovery & Migration Manager)

We offer a bundle which includes both discounted tools – ToolBox and the Recovery & Migration manager – and a 4 hour block of premier support for up to 4 hours of remote/phone support services.  Buy Online

If you can handle the migration yourself, the Recovery & Migration Manager tool is $250 and available for purchase on our online store.

Since we are experts at what we do, most administrators let us handle the migrations and support by enrolling in a Premier Support Plan to allow our engineers to remote in to assist for smooth transitions. Migrations take about an hour and a half or so, depending on the kind of migration because the ideal process depends on your unique situation. 

One of our engineers will assess your unique situation. If requested, we will completely recertify your synchronization system or changing systems, provide help with your Exchange/Add2Exchange migration and/or move the replication server so as to minimally disrupt your end users.

 

OPTION 1 - BEST VALUE
'Help Me Please' Migration/Move with 4 hour Premier Support
Bundle and Both Recovery and Toolbox Tools

We do it all for you, license both tools and train you. This option gets the "Full Monty" of Support and the recommended add-on tools at a discount and a free license transfer to ensure no duplication and smooth conversion.  Use this option for all migration options, either scheduled before and during or after the fact.

Our team will survey what you have and recommend and implement the best solution for you. With the system fixed and updated, re-certified, and licensed, there is enough time for personnel training and some "relationship therapy", where we discuss your relationships and your desired business goal to the data relationships. With this option there is often enough support time available on account for future support to avoid these kinds of emergencies and make things run smoother for you in the future. The support time never expires, is not billed yearly, and is used as you use it and can be renewed at grandfathered rates.

This bundle includes:

  • 4 hour Premier Remote/Phone Support for $399. (reg. $450)
    We would use at least an hour and schedule the appointments, hold the remote session next business day or the first available during our normal business hours.
    Any remaining time could be used for future remote support services as needed.
  • Discounted Recovery & Migration Manager add-on tool for $125 (reg. $250)

Discounted Add2Exchange ToolBox add-on tool license for $51 (reg. $250)   

$575 (total savings $374). Buy Now 

 

 

OPTION 2 

 

 

The relatively FREE option after migration: Only use this option if syncing to non default folders and only if the folder is not a source of another relationship(s). You will only need a license transfer.  Be careful, this is a dangerous option which is hard to undo if it does not truly apply in your situation and if not done correctly.  This option is only ideal for public to private, public to public or private to public  - one way to non default mailbox folders or public folders with no source items.  In this option you would be deleting folders and recreating the destination folders and requires some manual cleanup of existing destination folders.

If you have ONLY a one way relationship and not two way and are replicating to a non-default folder, and you can just delete (backup and move) the folder without adverse effects, depending on the relationship web you have created, you may be able to just delete the destination folders and simply reinstall fresh on a new A2E Server and reset up the relationships.  

If you are not moving where Add2Exchange is installed, in this unique situation, follow this procedure to uninstall and then reinstall the full version. Then you would remake the folders and relationships.  


IMPORTANT: If you have public to private AND private to public relationship(s) or a full mesh (folder participation), this option will not work because you will likely be deleting source data. Option 2 should not be used in this situation or if you have the relationships going to the default folders where originals reside.
 

OPTION 3
'Doing
 It Myself  with a Toolbox Startover ToolBox or by using the Toolbox Surgeon General' 

If you have already migrated mailboxes with data from the older install of Add2Exchange
and you do not have access to the old Add2Exchange Server, and there are just a few relationships, you can clean up the data from the old replication server and use the Surgeon General to remove Copies from the destination folders.  Requires license transfer.  We suggest backing up the source folders prior to the Startover option.

The startover process is simple.  Do the prerequisites as outlined in the manual.  Install the full version on the new server, make the same relationships, license Add2Exchange and the Add2Exchange Toolbox and run the "Startover" from the A2E ToolBox paid side.   This will automatically de-replicate all the Add2Exchange copied data and then start re-replicating again with no duplication. Unfortunately, the startover may remove source data users accidentally put in copied folders.  Backup prior to running a startover.

Alternatively, if you have just a few relationships, you can also use the A2E Toolbox and use the Surgeon General to manually select to remove the destination copied items. This is a more surgical approach and eliminates the possibility of removing source items. This process manually de-replicates just the Add2Exchange copied data and then you can start re-replicating again with no duplication.  License Transfer: $50 per key: NOTE: A license transfer is only available to licensed end users who have valid software assurance in place. If your software assurance has expired, then a current version upgrade license is required before transferring the software to a new replacement server.

  • Add2Exchange Toolbox license to run a "startover" after relationships are re-made on the new sync server or when using Surgeon General to manually clean up:  Buy Now  Both options will remove any possibility of duplicates caused by non-migration of your old replication server. $250 and license transfer. Buy Now
     
OPTION 4
'Doing It Myself with the Recovery & Migration Manager Tool' 

Use this option if the old replication server is still available, and you may or may not be moving where Add2Exchange resides. 

Use this option if you have many relationships or do not know the relationships, or cannot de-replicate the old data and cannot have the users without it for any length of time, and have no duplication.  If you have duplication already, you may also need the A2E Toolbox to assist.  See option 6 below.

  • License Transfer: $50 per key
    NOTE: A license transfer is only available to licensed end users who have valid software assurance in place. If your software assurance has expired, then a current version upgrade license is required before transferring the software to a new replacement server. There is "startover" needed.  If you are not moving Add2Exchange and you did an Exchange stepped or swing migration, there are links in this Migration section of the site to assist in pointing to the new Exchange Server. Then you just run the Recovery & Migration Manager (RMM) tool to reconnect the older relationships. 

The Recovery & Migration Manager add-on tool license is $250 and license transferBuy Now

The 'Do It Myself' instructions are posted HERE  and HERE.
 

OPTION 5
'Help Me Please with Premier Support and the A2E Toolbox'

Use this option if the older replication server is not available and you have just a few relationships.  Option 6 is the best deal below and will be able to solve any situation.

This option is used to let us help you manually get rid of any copies in any of the destination folders.  You would get a Premier Support plan, and the A2E ToolBox and use the Inspector/Surgeon General tool and a free license transfer to ensure no duplication. The only difference between this option and the Full Monty, below, is you are not getting the Recovery and Migration Manager tool license to enable you to fix alerted relationships in the future, should that occur.

Our team will survey what you have and recommend and implement the best solution for you.  With this option, we would load the new installation of Add2Exchange and run the necessary Prerequisites, re-certify your system, re-license it at no additional charge, and spend the time to show you how to work the Surgeon General correctly in your situation to remove destination copies for all users, or to make them originals again.  (We suggest backing up the source folders prior to the service please).  We would then set up the desired relationships and provide some "relationship therapy", where we discuss your relationships and your desired business goal and make sure the information relationships are correct. Also, even though there is training and optimization, there will be enough support time left after the service for future support to avoid these kinds of emergencies and make things run smoother for you in the future.

  • 4 hour premier support for $399. We would use at least an hour and hold the remote session next business day or first available appointment during our normal business hours; any remaining time could be used for future remote support services as needed.

  • Discounted Add2Exchange ToolBox add on tool license for $125 (reg. $250)

The ToolBox add-on tool license with 4 hour premier support for only $524 (total savings $125).  Buy Now

Tip: Get both tools in Best Option 1 for only $51 more.  Save time now and be quick later.

OPTION 6
'Help Me Please with Premier Support and the Recovery & Migration Manager'

This option gets the Premier Support, the Recovery and Migration Tool to fix any alerted relationships (such as after a migration) and thus avoid duplication from deleting alerted rels and recreating and have time provide some training to enable your technical team to do the stepped migration. A free license transfer is included to ensure a smooth conversion.

Use this option if the old replication server is available and either you did an Exchange migration and may or may not be moving where Add2Exchange resides.

Our team will survey what you have and recommend and implement the best solution for you. We license the Recovery and Migration Tool to fix any alerted relationships. We will update, re-certify, and re-license, and there will be enough time for personnel training and some "relationship therapy", where we discuss your relationships and your desired business goal. Also, even though there is training and optimization, there will be enough support time available for future support to avoid these kinds of emergencies and make things run smoother for you in the future. You can get the Premier Support with the add-on tool license or just have us fix it without them.

  • 4 hour premier remote support for $399. We would use at least an hour and hold the remote session next business day or first available appointment during our normal business hours; any remaining time could be used for future remote support services as needed.
  • Discounted Recovery & Migration Manager add on tool for $125 (reg. $250) for a 50% savings on this add on tool when purchased with our premium support package.

The Recovery & Migration Manager add-on tool license with 4 hour premier support for only $524 (total savings $125). Buy Now

 Tip:  Get both tools in Best Option 1 for only $51 more.  Save time now and be nimble later.

If you have additional questions on any of the above options, especially the FREE option above, please begin the process and submit your request.

To move forward with one of the options, please visit our online store or call us to plan your preferred level of support for your unique situation.

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