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Enable the MRS Proxy Endpoint for Remote Moves

 

Applies to: Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-07-02

The Mailbox Replication Service Proxy (MRS Proxy) facilitates cross-forest mailbox moves and remote move migrations between your on-premises Exchange organization and Exchange Online. In Exchange 2013, MRS Proxy is included in the Mailbox server role (also called the Mailbox server). During cross-forest and remote move migrations, a Client Access server acts as a proxy for incoming move requests for the Mailbox server. The ability of a Client Access server to accept these requests is disabled by default. To allow the Client Access server to accept incoming move requests, you have to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint.

The Client Access server on which to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint depends on the type and direction of the mailbox move.

  • Cross-forest enterprise moves   For cross-forest moves that are initiated from the target environment (known as a pull move type), you have to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint on Client Access servers in the source environment. For cross-forest moves that are initiated from the source environment (known as a push move type), you have to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint on Client Access servers in the target environment.
  • Remote move migrations between an on-premises Exchange organization and Exchange Online   For both onboarding and offboarding remote move migrations, you have to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint on Client Access servers in your on-premises organization.
noteNote:
If you use the EAC to move mailboxes, cross-forest moves and onboarding remote move migrations are pull move types because the request is initiated from the target environment. Offboarding remote move migrations are a push move type because the request is initiated from the source environment.

  • Estimated time to complete: 2 minutes per server.
  • You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the "Exchange Web Services permissions" section in the Clients and Mobile Devices Permissions topic.
  • If you've deployed more than one Client Access server in your Exchange organization, you should enable the MRS Proxy endpoint on each one. If you add additional Client Access servers, be sure to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint on the new servers. Cross-forest moves and remote move migrations can fail if the MRS Proxy endpoint isn’t enabled on all Client Access servers.
  • If you don’t perform cross-forest moves or remote move migrations, keep MRS Proxy endpoints disabled to reduce the attack surface of your organization.
  • For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in the Exchange Admin Center.
tipTip:
Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at: Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

  1. In the EAC, navigate to Recipients > Servers > Virtual Directories.
  2. In the Select server drop-down list, select the name of the Client Access server on which you want to enable the MRS Proxy endpoint. Or select All servers to display the virtual directories on all Client Access servers in your organization.
  3. In the Select type drop-down list, select EWS to display the Exchange Web Service (EWS) virtual directory for the selected server.
  4. In the list of virtual directories, click EWS (Default Web Site) for the Client Access server that you want to configure, and then click Edit Edit Icon.
  5. On the EWS (Default Web Site) properties page, select the Enable MRS Proxy endpoint check box, and then click Save.

The following command enables the MRS Proxy endpoint on a Client Access server named EXCH-SRV-01.

Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity "EXCH-SRV-01\EWS (Default Web Site)" -MRSProxyEnabled $true

The following command enables the MRS Proxy endpoint on all Client Access servers in your Exchange organization.

Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory | Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -MRSProxyEnabled $true
importantImportant:
As previously stated, the MRS Proxy endpoint should be enabled on each Client Access server in your organization. Run the preceding command after adding a new Client Access server to your organization.

To verify that you’ve successfully enabled the MRS Proxy endpoint, do one of the following:

  1. In the EAC, navigate to Recipients > Servers > Virtual Directories.
  2. In the list of virtual directories, click EWS (Default Web Site) and verify in the details pane that the MRS Proxy endpoint is enabled.
    Alternatively, you can click Edit Edit Icon to view the EWS (Default Web Site) properties page and verify that the Enable MRS Proxy endpoint check box is selected.

Or

Run the following command in the Shell:

Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory | FL Identity,MRSProxyEnabled

Verify that the MRSProxyEnabled parameter is set to True.

Another way to verify that the MRS Proxy endpoint is enabled is to use the Test-MigrationServerAvailability cmdlet to test the ability to communicate with the remote server that hosts the mailboxes that you want to move, or in the case of offboarding Exchange Online mailboxes to your on-premises organization, a server in your on-premises organization. For more information, see Test-MigrationServerAvailability.

The following example tests the connection to a server in the corp.contoso.com forest.

$Credentials = Get-Credential
Test-MigrationServerAvailability -ExchangeRemoteMove -Autodiscover -EmailAddress administrator@corp.contoso.com -Credentials $Credentials

To run this command successfully, the MRS Proxy endpoint must be enabled.

 
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