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Create an export from Thunderbird and import it into outlook express fast and easy

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I need a tool that exports all my data from thunderbird (including folder structures etc) and imports it into outlook 2003 or outlook express.

The reason to this is that here at the office we are migrating from thunderbird to an exchange environment. Only this means we have to backup all the thunderbird data from every user with 2000000 folders. I know there are tools to put it into EML but that means that you have to recreate every folder yourself.

Is there any known way for this? Thnx in advance
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by:Marc Z
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Have you looked at this extension yet?
http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html
Take a look at his info and see if you think it can help.

I'm sure someone will be along to also help with creating some kind of script to help automate it.

2000000 folders - should be fun.
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by:PatrickAdrichem
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Yeah, i've seen how to do it, but that goes folder for folder,

and ok 2000000 is overdone ;) but I myself got about 50 folders, which is quite some work to re-build them lol
and then there are all these other users ;) so that will be quite a lot :)

The problem though isn't the building and exporting, the biggest problem is the fact that you have to reacreate every folder withing outlook express for the importing.
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by:Marc Z
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Now  I don't use OE and have no desire to install it to test it out for you, but you mentioned,

"The problem though isn't the building and exporting, the biggest problem is the fact that you have to recreate every folder withing outlook express for the importing."

By any chance, is that true  even if you go to the top folder structure, (In TB), say "My Main Email" account and then select Tools->"Import/Export in mbox/eml format" -> "Export all the folders (with Structure)"?

Would that help or not?
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by:PatrickAdrichem
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Within thunderbird i cannot find the option to export e-mail, all that it adds is import e-mail.
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Did you install this add-on?
http://nic-nac-project.de/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html
It states here and it does in fact add this option.
- the extension can import and export the folders with their subfolders, keeping their structure. To export in this way, choose from the "Import/Export" menu the item "Export folder with subfolders (with structure)" and you'll have a file, with the folder name, and a directory, with the folder name plus ".sbd". To import, choose from the import dialog the item "Import one or more mbox files, with its/their subdirectory" and select just the mbox file;

Try it.
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