I have moved one of my resold clients on a shared box to a dedicated box and needs emails transferred.

Posted on 2007-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
The shared environment had Openwebmail, which allowed me to download all emails into one zip file.  I need to, now, somehow upload that in a workable way to the new dedicated server (CentOS with cPanel/WHM) so that the email can either be downloaded (via POP) and/or viewed in a NEW web-based email client (either Horde or Squirrel Mail.)

How complicated is this, and can it be done?
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Hi Again: Does the "zip" file contain a single mbox file or a whole load of "msg"/"eml" files?

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Hey -- you look familiar!!

One single file -- which is sort of where I'm confused.  If it were the latter, I would simply upload them all to the server!


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What do I do if I don't have a solution yet?  Can this be transferred to another expert?
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If the single file is say "INBOX" then this is an MBOX folder - typical of IMAP servers. In essence these are plain text files containing all of the emails received into that account. If your new email server uses a similar MBOX format then it is simply a matter of putting that MBOX file in to the corresponding account folder on the new server.

If your new mail server does not use the MBOX format then you need to use a migration tool to extract the mail messages one by one from the MBOX file and then either transmit them using "SMTP" to the new server, or to extract and build individual message files for copying to the new server.

A quick way to transfer this type of file to individual message is by using a POP collector (EFS from Chrimea Computing for instance) - the instructions for this come with the POP collector.

The first thing to establish, however, is what type of message files your new server use "MBOX", "EML", "MSG or something else. From that point you can then work out which method you should use to import the old messages.

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What is the best way for me to determine what type of format the server uses?  If it helps, it is a GoDaddy dedicated.
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It depends on which mail transport is installed - check your cPanel and see which mail system is running

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