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Migrating Outlook 2003 users to Exchange 2003

Posted on 2006-07-13
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OK, time to ask the question.

After hours of researching I can't find the answer (that I want)

I have installed Exchange 2003 and am in the process of migrating users from their POP3 account to Exchange.  I want to run it in cached mode and I need to copy everyone's files up to the server.  My current method is to visit every workstation, create the profile and import the .pst up to the server using Outlook 2003.

After completing 20 users in a few weeks I decided there HAS to be a better way.  So what I've found is that I can create a .PRF file that will remove the old profile and setup the user's Outlook for them.  I can run that as a logon script.  Easy.  Importing the PST files is another story.  Exmerge is the only utility I could find that does importing to the exchange server from PST files.  But after many hours of errors and permissions and browsing I find that Exmerge is not compatible with Outlook 2003's UNIcode pst files, it only recognizes EVERY other versions ANSI.

I did find here http://support.microsoft.com/?id=174197 that EXMERGE requires that Outlook be installed on the Exchange server you are running it on.  I could not find if this was their fix to the problem or if that is just in general with Exmerge.  

SO my final question is this, is there a way to automate the process of copying users emails and all up to the Exchange server???
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If the users have Outlook 2003 Unicode PST files, then no. There is no other way other than importing by hand.

You have also misread the article.
It states... "Before you run this program, make sure that the Microsoft Outlook Client and the Microsoft Exchange Administrator program are installed on the computer that Exmerge.exe is being run on."

That does not mean that you install Outlook on the server.
Instead, install Outlook and the Exchange system tools on to a workstation and run the tool from there. I also suggest that you create a special account to do the installation, one that is not a member of the administrators, or domain admin group. Then grant this special account Exchange View Only Administrator privileges and then use something like admodify.net to grant Full Mailbox Access to this account across all mailboxes.

Simon.
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It was hard to accept because of course it's not what I wanted to hear, but you had the answer to the question.  Thanks for your time!
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