Office 365 Migration Failure: O365 to On-Prem

Everyone once in a while I step outside the Lync/Skype for Business world and do some fiddling around with Exchange.  In my home lab, I setup Office 365 integration with my test tenant.  I’ve been doing all sorts of migrations from Exchange 2013 On-Premise to Office 365 and had no problems.  Today, I wanted to move one of those mailboxes back on-prem and it failed.

While playing around on the Exchange Online, I ran this command to get log information from the O365 side:

Get-MigrationUserStatistics -IncludeReport -Identity | fl

When running this, I found this error:


ERROR MESSAGE: Transient error ResourceUnhealthyException has occurred.  The system will retry.

While doing multiple searches I couldn’t find any particular fix to this issue.  While searching for transient error message, I found people having issues with their Exchange DAGs.  Everyone led to running this command:


This lead to two different possible solutions.  I tried this solution first:

  1. Create a new Active Directory group that is named “ContentSubmitters”.  Right click on the group, select Security tab and then grant Admistrators and NetworkService full access to the group.
  2. Force or wait for Active Directory replication.
  3. Restart the following services:
    1. Microsoft Exchange Search
    2. Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller

I did this, waited for a long time and it didn’t seem to fix the issue.  So I turned to the second solution for a Failed ContentIndexState and that is to delete the full-text index catalog directory.  Since I’m an Exchange newb I did some searching to make sure I didn’t screw up anything.

The steps were easy.

  1. Stop the Microsoft Exchange Search and Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller.
  2. Go to the directory where the Exchange Database Index is in a failed state.  Find the folder GUID and delete this folder.  Personally, I moved mine to another drive just to make sure I had a copy but I’m sure I didn’t need to.


  3. Start the Microsoft Exchange Search Host Controller.  Wait a few minutes and then start the Microsoft Exchange Search service.

After these steps, the ContentIndexState changes from Failed to Crawling:


I than went back to the Office 365 Portal and attempted my mailbox migration and my migration from Office 365 to On-Prem completed successfully.

2 thoughts on “Office 365 Migration Failure: O365 to On-Prem

  • December 3, 2016 at 10:12 am

    hmm, the solution is interesting, hope thread master could share more insight about the relationship between the symptom and the solution

    • December 5, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      It was just following breadcrumbs to get here. I started with that error message from Exchange Online for the failure to complete a migration. When I searched for that, all I found was messages about on-prem DAG failures but the error message was super similar. So although I didn’t have a DAG in play, I noticed mine database showed the same error. So I just tried to find ways to clear the error which eventually led my user migration to complete. I’m guessing (not an Exchange guy) that the migration was simply failing because the database was in an error state.


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