In some scenarios, administrators will have to create backups for a few Exchange mailboxes. An easy way is to export Exchange mailboxes to formats like Outlook PST. Backing up mailboxes eliminates the risk of getting them lost due to Exchange database corruption. And Exchange Server has various features to export mailboxes to PST, though these features are different in different versions.
Exchange administrators will have to perform EDB to PST conversion in various situations. Some examples are:
The methods and the procedure to export EDB mailboxes to PST changes depending on the version of the Exchange. Earlier versions used ExMerge for this. Later, Exchange started using PowerShell cmdlets (cmdlets are different in different versions). In the latest versions, it can be done from a web interface too (like Exchange admin center). So EDB to PST conversion can be done:
All these three methods are briefly explained below:
Microsoft Exchange Server Mailbox Merge Wizard (ExMerge) is a simple utility used by earlier versions of Exchange to export mailboxes to PST file or to migrate mailboxes between two servers. For this, one has to download and install the ExMerge.exe utility on the system.
Using PowerShell cmdlets, EDB to PST conversion can be done in Exchange 2007 and all later versions. However, cmdlets vary according to the Exchange version.
Export EDB mailboxes to PST in Exchange 2016
In Exchange 2016, the New-MailboxExportRequest cmdlet can be used for exporting mailbox content to a PST file.
To export mailboxes to PST, run the PowerShell cmdlets in the following syntax:
|New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox <mailbox name> -FilePath " <destination file path>"
In this, MailboxName is the name of the mailbox that has to be exported, and FilePath is the location of the destination PST file.
|New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox email@example.com -FilePath “\\NDRWEB76-PC2\PST Data\Kanishka_PST.pst”
After running this cmdlet, mailbox data will be exported to the desired location with the given name.
Note1: You should have Mailbox Import Export Role assigned to the user for performing this action (this can be done using Exchange Admin Center).
Note 2: The saving location needs to be shared network path.
In the latest versions, Exchange admin center (EAC) also can be used to export Exchange mailboxes to PST. The steps to carry out migration from Exchange 2016 to Outlook PST via EAC are:
Export EDB to PST efficiently using a professional tool
Kernel for Exchange Server Recovery is a feature-rich solution to export EDB mailboxes to PST file without any technical hassles. This tool also restores Exchange mailboxes to destinations like Live Exchange and Office 365.
The requirement to export mailboxes to PST always arises in the Exchange enviroment. Tech-savy administrators can use Exchange admin center (EAC) or PowerShelll cmdlets to do it. If they need an easier way to export maliboxes to PST, they can try third-party tools like Kernel for Exchange Server. It has many advanced features for EDB recovery and Exchange migration.