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Exmerge with Outlook 2003 PST files

When I try to import a PST file from Outlook 2003 using the exmerge tool it fails with:
Error configuring message service (MSPST MS) (MAPI_E_EXTENDED_ERROR)  (CMapiSession::CreateEMSPSTProfile)

I relize that this is because of the new Unicode PST format that Outlook 2003 uses. I can successfully import a PST in the 97-2002 format.

The problem is that I don't want to manually export/import all of the messages, etc in the format before importing with exmerge.

I also ran across another solution: open Outlook 2003 with the Exchange mailbox connection open. Then run File -> Import the messages from the PST file into the Exchange mailbox. Or, open the PST file and manually copy the messages, etc that the user wants to keep.

Again, the problem is manually doing this for each user. I don't have the time to do so, and many of the staff would not be able to do this themselves.

We are moving from a hosted mailbox service (with POP & SMTP) to our own server. The messages are deleted from the server upon arrival in Outlook, though, so any solutions relating to the previous service won't work, either. I'm just providing that as background info.

So my question becomes this: surely there is some automated way to import messages from Outlook 2003 into Exchange 2003 mailboxes. Any ideas?
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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Alright, good to know.

First, we're using Exchange 2003 (not 2007). I'm assuming there's nothing like the "Import-Mailbox cmdlet" in 2003, right? If Ex 2007 supports the PSTs from Outlook 2003, it may well warrant an upgrade (as we're just running Exchange on one server right now).

Second, I ran across a few PST converter programs, but none I saw were free or even reasonably priced, for that matter. This is for a school, so cost is definitely an issue. We bought Exchange 2003 with an academic license for less than these programs cost, so we may just find the money for 2007 instead.

I'm wishing that we would have been able to keep the messages on the hosted server, but their space limitations forced us to do otherwise.

Yeah, I quickly found out that ExMerge was meant to move mailboxes from one mail server to another, but it looked as if it would work for our situation, if only our users were running Outlook 2002 or earlier. They're all on Outlook 2003 right now.

I'm going to look up this "Import-Mailbox cmdlet" some more - I had found it earlier but immediately dismissed it when I found it was referring to Exchange 2007. It has something to do with PowerShell, right? If you know of any good resources regarding the cmdlet, I would appreciate it.

And Exchange 2007 would run on Server 2003, right? Just needs a 64-bit OS?

Thanks for the quick (and excellent) reply.

J.D.
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Thanks for the help and quick replies. We'll probably just make the transition manually, as you suggested. Thanks again!
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