Export mailboxes in Exchange 2010 to .pst files

Posted on 2010-09-02
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I need to know how to export mailboxes in Exchange 2010 to .pst files. Is there an alternative to the ExMerge utility that Exchange 2003 had?

I found articles online referencing an 'export-mailbox' utility through powershell, but that requires Outlook. Is that something I can install on the Exchange server itself, safely? And will that work?

Question by:alexianit
  • 4
  • 2
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

endital1097 earned 500 total points
ID: 33588729
yes, exchange 2010 rtm requires outlook to be installed on the server
sp1 removes this requirement

you do want to use the export-mailbox cmdlet
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 33588765

Expert Comment

ID: 33588921
Easy, but there are a few steps:

1) Install the 32bit Exchange Management tools onto a 32bit system.
2) Create an account that is not a domain admin to use for exporting.
3) Grant this account Exchange View Only Administrator permissions at the Organization level, and ad the database level (in Exchange console > Organization Configuration > Add Exchange Administrator)
4) Open the Exchange Shell (on the 32bit system with the new account).
5) Run the following commands:

Add-mailboxpermission -identity theusermailbox -user $env:username -accessrights fullaccess
Add-AdPermission -identity theusermailbox -user domain\$env:username
export-mailbox -identity theusermailbox -pstfolderpath \\pathtostorethenewpstfile.pst

Too many email signature updates to deal with?

Do you feel like you are taking up all of your time constantly visiting users’ desks to make changes to email signatures? Wish you could manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users? Well, there is an easy way!


Author Comment

ID: 33589047
Can I download the 32 bit exchange management tools? I googled that but didn't come up with anything. I know you can install it from the DVD -- is that the only way?
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 33589220
there are no 32-bit tools for 2010
you can install powershell and establish a remote session with the 2010 server

Author Comment

ID: 33589867
Endital, I just tried that and it still wants Outlook on the server. Is there a way around that?
LVL 32

Expert Comment

ID: 33589957
you must have SP1 installed on your server in order not to need outlook on the server

Featured Post

Integrate social media with email signatures

Is your company active on social media? Do you also use email signatures? Including social media icons in your email signature is a great way to get fans for free. Let all your email users know you’re on social media quickly and easily, in a single click.

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
powershell script to query and delete emails 8 33
excahne, lync 9 23
outlook, calendar 21 41
Office 365 vs. In-House 3 19
"Migrate" an SMTP relay receive connector to a new server using info from an old server.
Easy CSR creation in Exchange 2007,2010 and 2013
In this video we show how to create a mailbox database in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Servers >> Data…
To show how to generate a certificate request in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.:  First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Servers >> Certificates…

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

17 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now