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converting Ex2003 .edb/.stm to .pst RRS feed

  • Question

  • We require to create .pst's per user from the .edb/.stm database file on our exchange 2003 server.
    Is it possible to do so?
    Are there any MS tools that we can use to achive this or else what other option we have?

    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:52 AM

Answers

  • Yes, you can import PSTs which are exported with ExMerge from Exchange 2003 server, just refer below article for further requirement of running Import-Mailbox cmdlet to import PST files into Exchange 2007 mailboxes...

    How to Import Mailbox Data

    Amit Tank | MVP – Exchange Server | MCITP: EMA | MCSA: M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Shen Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:41 AM
    • Marked as answer by CosmicStrom Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:03 AM
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 9:41 AM
  • Well, now we are in a altogether different migration scenerio. The old AD Forest/Domains structure with multiple AD domains & exchange 2003 implementaion is one big mess. The naming convention is also to be changed.

    The purpose of my query was to find out now, suppose if we recreate a new 2008 AD forest root domain & install Ex2007 with all the newly desired DNS name for AD.

    Would it be possible to now import the .pst we created in the earlier scenerio into the ex2007 database? 

    We are hosting a large international customer and migrating the users into a new pristine forest and Exchange organization from several forests and domains. At first we tried the .pst solution, but it turned out to be too error-prone. We changed to a move-mailbox scenario between forests and linked mailboxes, which for a lot of users already are converted to normal user mailboxes.

    At first we moved everything, now we do a combination of .pst and move-mailbox. My advice would be: You should strongly consider using move-mailbox (allow for a high number for corrupted items). You gain the best of two worlds: a new from the ground up designed forest with next-to-no service disruption (that is if you've done your homework and thorough testing).

    on-Alfred Smith
    MCTS: Messaging, MCSE: S+M
    • Marked as answer by CosmicStrom Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:03 AM
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:41 AM

All replies

  • Yes, you should use ExMerge to export mailboxes to .pst files. Take a look at this article:
    http://www.petri.co.il/brick_level_backup_of_mailboxes_by_using_exmerge.htm

    Note: Export in this context means making a copy of your mail, not moving it from your mailboxes to .pst files.

    One of the most common problems with ExMerge are permissions. See the links at the bottom.

    jas
    • Proposed as answer by Mike Shen Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:20 AM
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:05 AM
  • Thanks,

    Well, now we are in a altogether different migration scenerio. The old AD Forest/Domains structure with multiple AD domains & exchange 2003 implementaion is one big mess. The naming convention is also to be changed.

    The purpose of my query was to find out now, suppose if we recreate a new 2008 AD forest root domain & install Ex2007 with all the newly desired DNS name for AD.

    Would it be possible to now import the .pst we created in the earlier scenerio into the ex2007 database? 
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:36 AM
  •  

    Can these .pst be later imported into an Ex2007 database & associated with an Ex2007 user mailbox?



    all the activity needs to be done at the Ex2007 server?
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 8:57 AM
  • Yes, you can import PSTs which are exported with ExMerge from Exchange 2003 server, just refer below article for further requirement of running Import-Mailbox cmdlet to import PST files into Exchange 2007 mailboxes...

    How to Import Mailbox Data

    Amit Tank | MVP – Exchange Server | MCITP: EMA | MCSA: M | http://ExchangeShare.WordPress.com

    • Proposed as answer by Mike Shen Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:41 AM
    • Marked as answer by CosmicStrom Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:03 AM
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 9:41 AM
  • Well, now we are in a altogether different migration scenerio. The old AD Forest/Domains structure with multiple AD domains & exchange 2003 implementaion is one big mess. The naming convention is also to be changed.

    The purpose of my query was to find out now, suppose if we recreate a new 2008 AD forest root domain & install Ex2007 with all the newly desired DNS name for AD.

    Would it be possible to now import the .pst we created in the earlier scenerio into the ex2007 database? 

    We are hosting a large international customer and migrating the users into a new pristine forest and Exchange organization from several forests and domains. At first we tried the .pst solution, but it turned out to be too error-prone. We changed to a move-mailbox scenario between forests and linked mailboxes, which for a lot of users already are converted to normal user mailboxes.

    At first we moved everything, now we do a combination of .pst and move-mailbox. My advice would be: You should strongly consider using move-mailbox (allow for a high number for corrupted items). You gain the best of two worlds: a new from the ground up designed forest with next-to-no service disruption (that is if you've done your homework and thorough testing).

    on-Alfred Smith
    MCTS: Messaging, MCSE: S+M
    • Marked as answer by CosmicStrom Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:03 AM
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:41 AM
  • We require to create .pst's per user from the .edb/.stm database file on our exchange 2003 server.
    Is it possible to do so?
    Are there any MS tools that we can use to achive this or else what other option we have?


    Ex-merge can do the task of importing mailbox data but it took effort & time both and above all, there is no guarantee for success. On the other hand, using an alternative method to convert edb stm to pst  make this task easy and fast.

    Please mark as helpful if you find my contribution useful or as an answer if it does answer your question.


    • Edited by Mark35UK Wednesday, June 3, 2015 6:29 AM
    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 6:13 AM
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