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Migration from GroupWise 6.5 to Exchange

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Hello all,
I am trying to determine the best way to migrate from GroupWise 6.5 to Exchange 2003.  My GroupWise server currently has a large number of personal folders (most shared, some are not) that contain data files that are not attachments.  These files are almost exclusively .doc, .xls, .pdf, and .jpg files, and again, are not attached to emails, but were put in the personal folders as seperate files.  I have tested the migration tools from Microsoft, Quest, and Transend, and to this point, I have not been able to find a way to efficiently reproduce these data files in the Exchange environment.  If a file is attached to an email, the file is migrated along with the email.  But the files that are not attached are not copied to the Exchange side during the migration.  I am looking for suggestions on the most efficient way to get these files from GroupWise to Exchange, ideally with share permissions intact, but most importantly just getting the files from point A to point B without having to manually save them outside of the GroupWise system then manually putting them into the Exchange folders.
Thanks in advance,
Russ Dillion
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Therei s a tool out there called the Quest Mail Migration tool.  I have used it over a dozen times with great success.  The only downside is that the min licence amount is 100 users.  Hope this helps.

http://www.quest.com/migration/
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I'm sorry.  I missed the part where you mentioned you tried quest.  Please disregard my comments.
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scottbortis,
Thanks for the reply.  Do you recall if you had any data files similar to what I've described that you were able to successfully move with the Quest tool?
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Russ
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Yes.  It takes the entire folder structure and will export it into a PST.  This includes all folders and things like that.  You should be able to use the Quest tool as a demo to see if it meets your needs.  You can try a test export and then open the pst with outlook to see if it looks like it grabbed everything.
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scottboris,
Thanks again for your help.  I will give the Quest tools another try and see if I can accomplish what I need to get done.  If you don't mind, I would like to leave this question open for a short while to see if there are any other ideas.  If nothing else by tomorrow, I will award the points to your answer.
Thanks,
Russ
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