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Import email from old ost file

Posted on 2009-07-16
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07

We recently rebuilt our mail server from 2003 SBS to 2008 SBS. Before the rebuild (which was not done by me), I made a copy of my OST file, and since then have removed and re-added my Outlook account for the new server. However, the new server does not have all my emails and other bits and peices from the previous installation. I was hoping I would be able to somehow recover this info from the backup of the OST I made, however, i have no idea on how to do this.

I have tried OST2PST, but you must pay to convert it. I was hoping for a free solution.
Question by:wait1

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ID: 24867568
OST to PST works very well.

Well worth the outlay.
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ID: 24867732
You should have made PST and transferred all your mails to it, rather than backing up OST.
Unfortunately, OST2PST seems to be the only available option for you here
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by:Alan Hardisty
ID: 24867777
If you still have you a profile on your computer with outlook configured to use your .OST file then you can do it for free.
However, from what you have stated, I get the impression that this is not the case.
If you have killed your profile, then a conversion tool is your only option.

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Oliver-P earned 2000 total points
ID: 24891315

Don't you have a backup image of your station (pre-SBS 2008 integration)?
If yes, you could try to restore it temporarily somewhere (on your imaged station, or a different HDD, or a virtual machine...) > Open a session with cached credentials > Launch Outlook offline > Export all the data to PST.


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thanks for the posts guys. i'll give those links a go and let you know

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