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With reference to my Backup Question (backup failing for no obvious reason) on Exchange 2000 I am thinking of using Exmerge, All the docs I see are pretty confusing.

Can anyone please give me simple replies to the following

1) Can I run Exmerge on Exchange 2000 while it is online and without dismounting the store?

2) Can I extract .PST files for all the users and still have it in the store, so I amy keep actual pst backups without users gettng to know that something has been done on the email server?

And if possible a link to a simple howto on the above.

thanks very much

-kamil
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1) Can I run Exmerge on Exchange 2000 while it is online and without dismounting the store?

Yes, in fact is has to be online.

2) Can I extract .PST files for all the users and still have it in the store, so I amy keep actual pst backups without users gettng to know that something has been done on the email server?

The default in exmerge is to copy data out, not to move it out.  Users will be oblivious to whats going on.  Oh, and if you want more information I would read the exmerge help doc that comes with the utility.
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One more small (DUMB)  clarification required on yr answer, whe you say " The default in exmerge is to copy data out, not to move it out.  Users will be oblivious to whats going on."

When you say "Copy data out" does it mean the data REMAINS in the EDB and also gets COPIED to the PST OR the data gets REMOVED from the EDB and is MOVED to the new PST which is created.

ahh and yes I am sure I can get .PST files x no of users as username.pst, correct?

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It means just that, that the data will be copied out.  It will remain in the EDB, and a pst file will be created for each user as username.pst.
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