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New SBS 2003 server. Need to move mail from personal folders to Exchange accounts

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robinluo:Two ways to do this:

By importing PST
- Disconnect PST from user's profile and use Exchange account only
- Open Outlook, File -> Import & Export -> Import from PST....

By drag and drop
- Setup user's profile with both Exchange and Personal folders
- Copy items from Personal folders t


Would you use ExMerge....?

When would be the difference.. so I understand....?

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PST is a better solution as it exports/imports the whole lot in one go. Drag and Drop would do but you risk of missing something.

You use exmerge when you want to extract emails from your exchange server putting them into PSTs; it is not available in your case because user starts with an empty exchange mailbox.
Michael PfisterCommented:
If you have more than a handful of PSTs I'd rather go with Exmerge.

2 pitfalls:

You need to cerate a special user to use ExMerge http://support.microsoft.com/kb/292509

ExMerge looks for a pst with the alias name of the user (or display name, if no alias present). You may have to rename the PSTs-

Hope it helps,

For a small number of users I would just do the import through Outlook. Create a new Outlook profile for Exchange and import the data using the wizard. Simple and once started you can leave it to get on with it.

Exmerge is good for larger number of imports or where using Outlook is not suitable. However you do need to rename the files to get exmerge to do everything automatically.

However you cannot use exmerge if the PST files are in the new format to allow larger than 1.9gb. That format is not supported by exmerge.


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RomoloIT Professional ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I have done the import pst method .... worked well on some

however i have one user using outlook 2007 whereby i had to recreate her profile to talk to exchange. it simply would not communicate and kept loading outlook with offline mode.

after I recreated her profile i could connect to exchange HOWEVER i get a user/pass prompt that must be completed when outlook loads bizarrley.

PST is renamed so no more access.

any ideas

Thanks guys and gals

That would tend to indicate either an issue with the authentication settings or something possibly wrong with pass through authentication. If the profile had to be recreated to get it to talk to Exchange, I would suspect either the Windows profile or the machine account.


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