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Remove or Clear Move Requests

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-03-19

You can remove or clear move requests.

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To view all move requests in a multiple-domain environment in the Exchange Management Console, the recipient scope needs to be modified to view the entire forest. For more information, see Change the Recipient Scope.

Looking for other management tasks related to move requests? Check out Managing Move Requests.

Before you perform the procedures in this topic, it's important to understand the difference between removing and clearing a move request.

  • Removing a move request   When you create a move request, you can remove the request anytime before the move request reaches the status of CompletionInProgress, Completing, Completed with Error, or Completed. When you remove a move request that's in progress, mailbox replication stops and the replica is deleted from the target database. If you remove the move request and later decide to move the mailbox, you must start the move request process from the beginning.
  • Clearing a move request   When a move request reaches a status of Completed or Completed with Error, you must clear the move request to remove the InTransit flag from the mailbox. You won't be able to move the mailbox again until you clear the previous move request. For more information about the Completed with Error status, see Troubleshooting Mailbox Moves.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Mailbox moves" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Move Request.
  2. In the result pane, select a recipient that has a Move Request Status other than Completion in Progress or Completed.
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    You can select multiple recipients in the result pane.
  3. In the action pane, click Remove Move Request.
  4. A warning appears confirming that you want to remove the move request. Click Yes.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Mailbox moves" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

  1. In the console tree, navigate to Recipient Configuration > Move Request.
  2. In the result pane, select a recipient that has a Move Request Status of Completed or Completed with Error.
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    You can select multiple recipients in the result pane.
  3. In the action pane, click Clear Move Request.
  4. A warning appears confirming that you want to clear the move request. Click Yes.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Mailbox moves" entry in the Mailbox Permissions topic.

This example removes the mailbox move request for Ayla Kol's mailbox.

Remove-MoveRequest -Identity 'Ayla@humongousinsurance.com'

This example clears the move request from all mailboxes that have a status of Completed.

Get-MoveRequest -MoveStatus Completed | Remove-MoveRequest

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Remove-MoveRequest and Get-MoveRequest.

After you remove or clear the move request, you can no longer view move request statistics for those mailboxes. For information about how to view the move history for a mailbox, see View Move Request Properties.

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