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How do I migrate Thunderbird local folders to Microsoft Outlook

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Thunderbird is/was setup for IMAP and some of the stuff resides on the server, however there are offline folders with Email in them that I am also trying to move to another laptop running Microsoft Exchange.

I have tried multiple programs/ways to get the data over but have not been successful as of yet. Does anyone have any good suggestions on how to move offline Thunderbird mail (not IMAP) to Outlook?
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Hello NetworkConsultant01,

Migrate the emails from Thunderbird to Outlook Express to Outlook
http://www.broobles.com/imapsize/th2outlook.php

Hope this helps!
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I tried this guide before and was not able to get it working for some reason, when I opened the inbox folder it did not show any messages. I can try again but from what I remember nothing happened.
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Converting from mbox format to eml files is the important conversion. Are you able to see the emails in Outlook Express?
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NetworkConsultant01,

Have you tried simply dragging the emails from your Local folders to the IMAP Inbox folder?  

I have some local folders and some Gmail IMAP folder that I just dragged (moved) an email from my Local Folder Inbox to the Thunderbird's IMAP Gmail Inbox, closed TB, signed into Gmail's web mail and the email was there.  Have you tried that yet?

So perhaps on the machine that has the local folders, you need to set up an IMAP account that access the same Exchange Server that you are trying to use on the new machine. Once that seems to be set up properly on the old machine, copy or move the (local) email to the Inbox of that server. close the machine or at least TB, open your new machine and access the exchange server.

You may need to make sure you are leaving copies on the server (do not have the "Clean up (expunge) Inbox on Exit") checked.

Hope that helps somewhat.
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I tried creating a new folder via IMAP on the server in Thunderbird to see if it showed up on the same server in Outlook and it did not for some reason.
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NetworkConsultant01, in following the procedure, are you able to see the emails in Outlook Express?
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NetworkConsultant01,

Grab this add-on for TB,
http://nic-nac-project.org/~kaosmos/mboximport-en.html
To install it, in your web browser, right click on the "Download Import/Export Tools.xpi" and select Save Link as, save the .xpi file to your desktop, then in TB, go to File->Install Extensions and point the window to the .xpi file on your desktop, once it installs, restart TB, you now will have a Import/Export option on your right clicks of the Local Folder Inbox, or any folder for that matter.  You can then export the emails of your choice as .emls or html's or plain text files, you will want the .eml option.

If you get a warning about Incompatible add-on, you can work around this if you desire. I have installed this add-on and it works for me.
To disable the compatibility check, here is more info.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Updating_add-ons#Completely_disabling_the_compatibility_check
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Well last night I spent 30-45 minutes manually moving the folders through IMAP then out into a PST so it was not fast and was tedious but got the job done.
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