Gmail to Google Apps Mail Migration

So I had a problem, how to migrate from my single gmail account to my domain based google apps account. Simple you would think, surely has a tool specifically for ‘google to google’ accounts. If you thought that you would be wrong.

The no brainer way is to setup a fetch on the new account to login gmail via POP and download emails the old school way. Well for me and 16k emails, the gmail server stopped responding to google apps requests for more email after about 250 :/

The solution I found was to download MS Exchange to Google apps migraiton tool. It has an option for generic IMAP to google apps which is really slick. Using the generic option, you can configure it to check IMAP on your gmail account, and transfer all the email, folders and everything from gmail to your new google apps account.

AND, unlike other methods, there is no downloading of all your email or uploading of all your email, the IMAP transfer is done remotely, in this case google server to google server and all you see are status updates. Now it still takes a few hours to transfer 16k emails but this is one of the most painless email migrations I’ve done!

Google doesn’t make it obvious either, no company instructions for moving gmail emails to google apps.. but a bit of ‘googling’ found it after I went through a number of other suggestions.

Hope this helps the next guy!

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