Moving Outlook pst and ost files from workstation to server running Exchange

We're running MS Exchange on a single server sbs 2003 sp2 network with 4 workstations. One workstation has it's .pst and .ost files on it’s local drive and I want to move it to the server where all the other mailboxes are stored.  What is the procedure I need to follow?  Thanks in advance for your help and interest.  Michael.
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AkhaterCommented:
the ost file means it is already in the exchange server so nothing to do here

for the pst, just open it from within outlook and drag drop to your exchange mailbox.

alternatively you can use exmerge to import it back

a tutorial to get you started

http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/Export-mailboxes-using-Exmerge-and-Exchange-2003.html
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hwdinfotechCommented:
The .OST file means Outlook is running in cached exchange mode, leaving a cached offline copy of the user's mailbox on their local computer.  The only way to not have the .OST file is to turn off Cached Exchange Mode.  As for the .PST file, you'll need to close out of Outlook, copy the pst file to the server, then point the data file location in that user's Outlook profile to the server location.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Please confirm that the local PC has either a .PST file or and .OST file and the name of the .PST file if one exists.  You should only have archive.pst and outlook.ost (or profilename.ost) on your local PC.
You should not move the .PST file to the server and access it from there as corruption can occur.  If it is an archive file, this is better off sitting locally.
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coopfabAuthor Commented:
I guess things are more complicated than I first thought. We weren't running Exchange when we were using a pop3 account.  We migrated to Exchange and for some reason this one users mailbox wasn't moved to the server but she does have an Exchange mailbox, although it's empty. So I guess the more appropriate question is how do I migrate this users mail from her workstation to her existing exchange mailbox?  thanks.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Change the location that mail is delivered to in his/her Outlook Profile and then Import the mail from the .PST file to the server or move the mail from the .PST to the Server.
http://www.slipstick.com/config/defaultpst.htm 
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MegaNuk3Commented:
How big is the PST?

Firstly, Set Outlook to deliver mail to the mailbox instead of the PST (if it is still setup to deliver to PST)

Then import the PST file into the mailbox, you can use Outlook-->File-->Import and Export to do it.
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coopfabAuthor Commented:
The pst file is 200kb.  I'll give this a shot after closing time.  Thanks.
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MegaNuk3Commented:
200Kb is tiny....

just import it via Outlook
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
200kb means you don't have much mail, or have the wrong file!
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coopfabAuthor Commented:
The user doesn't email too much and the file is outlook.pst.  There is also a very small, 271,360 bytes, outlook4.ost file.  Does the ost file mean we're running in cache mode? The Slipstick article you provided a link to references Outlook in cache mode.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
.OST is Offline Store = Cached Exchange Mode
.PST is Personal Store = Not Exchange Mode
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MegaNuk3Commented:
By default Outlook 2003/2007/2010 will turn on cached mode when you setup an Exchange account/profile, so that is probably why you are seeing an OST file
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coopfabAuthor Commented:
I must be missing something.  No problem in setting Outlook to deliver new mail to the users mailbox on the server instead of the PST . Getting the folders, contacts etc. to the server is another issue. The import/export function only lets you export the existing pst file to a new pst file on the local machine.  Thanks for your continued interest.
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MegaNuk3Commented:
try:
file-->Import and Export-->Import from another program or file-->Personal Folder File (.pst)

the above is from Outlook 2007, but Outlook 2003 is exactly the same (I've checked)
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