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Best way to import old .ost files into an new install of exchange


I have five workstations that are still logged into the a win2k3 server that has crashed
We are re-building from scratch ( lucky for us,  critical data was stored elsewhere )

the workstations are still logged in, and outlook opens and users see their mailstore
( the .ost exhcange files are local on each machine) ( was running exchange in cache mode )

Once I rebuild the server, what's the best/easiest way to import their old mail
into the new exchange/03 server setup?
( I plan on still keeping local profiles, i.e. - individuals mailstore file local on each machine )
-  I will be re-naming the domain and having workstations join the new domain, unless somebody tells me that it would work to rebuild the server, using the same domain and server name
( from what I know of microsoft, that sounds like I would be asking for trouble )
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Your plan is sound.

Your OST files (if kept local) can be remapped to the new Outlook configuration and either left that way or copied into the real mailbox folders out of the Personal Folder.

No, you do not want to rebuild the server using the same domain name or servername unless you put all the workstations into WORKGROUP and rejoining them.  You're best to rename things to make sure there is no confusion to the workstations about where they should be connecting.
geek3Author Commented:
Thanks Netman66

- so yoursaying i can just move the user's current .ost file over to the new(local) location in their new profile?
You should be able to, yes.

After that, you'll need to configure their Outlook to use it.
geek3Author Commented:
I'll post more if I have any issues -
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