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A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization

We like to move mailboxes in Exchange Admin Center. Only this time we do get an error: A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization. It’s happening before the migration started. What’s happening, and what is the solution?

A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization

Create a new migration batch and you will get the error: A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization.

A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization start the batch

In Exchange Management Shell, it’s showing the following.

Why do we get the error?

When you want to move mailboxes in Exchange Admin Center or with the New-MigrationBatch cmdlet, it needs the Migration mailbox. Now that the Migration mailbox is invalid, corrupt, or removed from Active Directory, it will not work. The Migration mailbox is one of the arbitration mailboxes.

Read more: Check Exchange arbitration mailboxes »

Solution for a valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization

To address this issue, we will:

  1. Delete Migration mailbox in Active Directory Users and Computers
  2. Recreate Migration mailbox with /PrepareAD command
  3. Enable Migration mailbox with Exchange Management Shell

1. Delete Migration mailbox in Active Directory Users and Computers

We do see the mailbox in ADUC, let’s remove it. If you don’t see it, search for it. It might be in a different container than the default container Users.

A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization delete Migration mailbox

We can always verify in Exchange Management Shell if the Migration mailbox is present. If it shows up in the output, it means that it’s present and enabled. The output should be empty.

2. Recreate Migration mailbox with /PrepareAD command

Find the Exchange Server ISO file in your files. If you don’t have it, download Exchange Server ISO from the Microsoft website. After it’s finished downloading, mount the ISO.

A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization mount Exchange ISO

Always save the Exchange Server ISO files. Microsoft does not keep the ISO files available online if newer versions are released.

Find to which drive letter the ISO is mounted. In our example, it’s the I: drive.

Run Command Prompt as administrator and run the command I:\Setup.exe /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms /PrepareAD. The command will recreate the Migration mailbox.

Start ADUC and make sure that you click the refresh button in the toolbar. If that doesn’t work, close and start ADUC. Verify that the PrepareAD setup created the Migration mailbox in ADUC.

A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization check Migration mailbox

Run Exchange Management Shell as administrator. Run the cmdlet to check if the Migration mailbox shows up. The results are empty, but why is that? That’s because we have to enable the mailbox.

3. Enable Migration mailbox with Exchange Management Shell

Enable Microsoft Exchange Migration mailbox. Run the two cmdlets.

Verify if the Migration mailbox is enabled by running the cmdlet.

The Migration mailbox is recreated and enabled. We can start the migration batch and move mailboxes. This time without the error that a valid migration couldn’t be found. Did it work for you?

Keep reading: Export mailbox permissions to CSV file »

Conclusion

In this article, you learned the solution to the error A valid Migration mailbox could not be found for this organization. Find the Migration mailbox in ADUC and remove it. After that, recreate and enable the Migration mailbox. As of last, verify that the Migration Mailbox is enabled. You are ready to start migrating the mailboxes.

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ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN

ALI TAJRAN is a passionate IT Architect, IT Consultant, and Microsoft Certified Trainer. He started Information Technology at a very young age, and his goal is to teach and inspire others. Connect with ALI TAJRAN on social media. Read more »

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