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How to export Exchange 2000 mailbox data directly from the server to PST

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Pretty much as the title suggests.

I have a user that has crashed his HDD, I need to access the Exchange Server and somehow export all his mailbox data into a PST file so we can then import the data onto another PC in a seperate site.

Any help would be great, thanks

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If all the data was already in a .PST file, then there will be nothing left on the server to export.  Try connecting an Outlook Web Access session to the mailbox.  If you can't see anything, then there's nothing left.  It is for this reason that having mail delivered to .PST files is not considered to be a good idea.  See if you can still open the mailbox in OWA, or just Outlook, on another PC.
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The link is the "how to"
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by:Nicola_Bourne
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Thanks for the help so far guys, I will try to explain more.

The data is held on the server, i.e. not already in a pst file.

The users machine has collapsed, therefore no access to outlook. I have access to the Exchange Server and was wondering if there is a way to directly export email data from the Exchange Server into a PST file.

I.e. using some tool or method that allows me to access the Exchange Mailboxes and export one of them to a pst file through Exchange System Manager or something.

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by:Irwin Santos
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if you have another machine to work from..create another user account and follow the instructions I posted in the above link.
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by:LeeDerbyshire
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Well, there's nothing to stop you connecting Outlook to the mailbox from another computer.  But if you want to try something else;

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/ExMerge-Recover-Mailbox.html
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by:Nicola_Bourne
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Unfortunatley I don't have access to the users logon and to access the outlook profile I need his username and password.

This is the reason I am trying to do it from the Exchange Server.

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by:Irwin Santos
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Ok, I'm scratching my head on this one.... does the user NOT want to provide that info to you so that he/she can recover their own information?
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by:Nicola_Bourne
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They are not happy about providing their password information to me.
It is also not very useful they they are in an important meeting for the rest of the day and are visiting another site of out office.

It is frustrating  lol


As I said, I have full access to exchange server, I am just unable to logon to the mailboxes individually via Outlook.


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If you follow this, you can temporarily give yourself Service Account access.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/ExMerge-Recover-Mailbox.html
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by:Irwin Santos
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"As I said, I have full access to exchange server, I am just unable to logon to the mailboxes individually via Outlook"

If that is the case, then LeeDerbyshire's comments will work.. though roundabout... however, in the norm, my comments are the default method of resolution.

Still I'm scratching my head as to the logic of the people that you are serving...they won't give you the spare keys to their car, yet you have the ultimate master key to their system which includes the auto-destruct mechanism.

Go figure.
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by:LeeDerbyshire
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It might be a personal password that they use for lots of other things.  If you're an admin, there's always other ways of getting the access you need without making people give up their passwords; otherwise, the job would be impossible :@)
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by:Irwin Santos
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@leederbyshire...duly noted...that's why they created backups..

"What is a backup?"

;-)
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cool. thank you!
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