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I have installed SBS onto a new hard disk and would like to copy the exchange email boxes accross. Since i have recreated all the user accounts on the new server I realise that copy and paste email files will be a bad idea as the user GUIDS will all be different. How can i firstly save the email boxes, and then secondly restore those emails onto the new server.

I do not seem able to use the move wizard as onle 1 server is running at once, hdd then swapped over to power up 2nd instance of server.

step by step guide would be great.

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You have two choices...

If you have the old server running you can use EXMerge to export out the mailboxes to .pst files and then import them to the new server.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=429163EC-DCDF-47DC-96DA-1C12D67327D5&displaylang=en


Or, you can follow this KB Article to restore the Exchange Databases:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313184

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EXmerge seems the best as i was completely lost on the other link. However, the ExMerge comes up against an error when opening the mail boxes. The help file seems to suggest that it doesnt have permissions. I would agree with this since it will export the administrators email inbox (the account i have logged on the machine with) yet the others come up with the error. So all but one fails. It suggests loggin on with the exchange account, but i do not know which one that is (can't see anything obvious in the user list.)

How can i either give the administrator account permissions or find an account that has permissions to them all.

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OblivionSY... when you can't see anything obvious in the user list and you are trying to use a program that you have never used, it's often a good idea to read the instructions.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/823143

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Manual was 88 pages long! and i did take a look through it (and still can't see anything that mentions what you have said). That link did the job tho, thanks again!
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Sorry if my comment was a bit rough... and I realize that the manual is long, but there are only about 8 pages that are pertinent to what you are using EXMerge for... (Using ExMerge.exe to Migrate Data Between Sites or Organizations) the rest is for other uses.

It does say a number of times, that it is "recommended that you be logged on to Windows, with the Exchange Service Account".... but no worries... the main reason I'm pointing this out is so that if you're faced with a similar thing in the future you'll know where to turn.  (You can also Google the exact error message you are getting and you'll most likely come up with the answer as well).

Glad it all worked out for you!

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no worries, the link answered the question. I did read that part, but my problem was I didn't know what the exchange server account was? It was nothing i set up, so must have been created automatically, so how would i know the password to use the account? the link to add another user with permissions worked superbly and its made people very happy.

Thanks again
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