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Exmerge for Exchange2010

Is there something similar as EXMERGE for Exchange2010.
The idea is to extract Exchange Mailboxes as PST files for backup purpose
Thank you
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tigermattCommented:
Exmerge has been replaced in Exchange 2010 with the Export-Mailbox cmdlet at the Exchange Management Shell: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa998579.aspx.

There is also an Export Mailbox option in the right-hand pane of Exchange Management Console when you highlight a mailbox in the Mailbox management area.

You do, however, require Outlook 2010 64-bit installed on the same machine as the Exchange management tools are running on. For that reason, I would not recommend doing this from your Exchange Server itself, as I prefer to keep all client applications well away from my servers.

If this is for a backup, a better method to back up Exchange is the Windows Server Backup utility included FREE with Server 2008 and R2. This method will perform a full Exchange-aware backup via the Volume Shadow Copy service, meaning it will also purge the log files. This ensures the logs don't eventually fill your server up and take Exchange offline.

-Matt
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gadsadAuthor Commented:
Windows Server Backup utility is fine and I use it for backup the Exchange database and purging log

But Exmerge was for me very helpful in Exchange 2003 environement for creating PST files of all mailboxes at once very easily (as an additional backup)
I do not wand to install Outlook 2010 in the Exchange Server

Is there another way to create easily PST files from the Exchange database and directly from the Exchange server?

thanks

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suriyaehnopCommented:
It is not to install Outlook 2010 on Exchange server. You just setup a client which
-Join to domain
-Exchange Management Tools installed
-Outlook 2010 install.

You run the Export-Mailbox from client machine not server.

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/exporting-importing-mailboxes-exchange-server-2010.html
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lucid8Commented:
Tigermatt and Suriyaehnop are both providing you with a correct answer depending upon the SP level of 2010 you are operating, i.e.

1. If you are running Exchange 2010 RTM then you MUST have Outlook 2010 64 bit installed
2. However if you are running 2010 with SP1 (Highly recommended) then Outlook is not required at all. The appropriate information for SP1 as well as command set is listed here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee633455.aspx

As I stated above I would highly recommended that you deploy at least   SP1 and if possible SP1 RU2 as well.

NOTE: Tigermatt also provided some good advice on backup methods, i.e. unless there is something we do not understand you would be better off to  implement an Exchange  database backup product since it will be more efficient, and will also keep your log files truncated to avoid running out of disk space.

The other options to export the mailboxes to PST is;

A. Use Outlook, i.e. connect to each mailbox and export one at a time to PST
B. Use a 3rd party tool to do the export.  Just search Google for something like "export production information store to PST"
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gadsadAuthor Commented:
I do have SP1 installed on  my Exchange Server
1) When I run WIndows Server 2008 R2 backup utiliy, it does not give me the option to save Exchange. It seems not to be Exchange Aware, any thing to install?

2) Since SP1 is installed and I do not have Outlook installed on the Exchange server, how do I do to export all my mailboxes to PST files from the Exchange Server?

Thank you
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suriyaehnopCommented:
Hi qadsad.

You are not going to export mailboxes to OST usgin your Exchange Server. You need to used the laptop/desktop which have following installed:
-Join to domain
-Exchange Management Tools installed
-Outlook 2010 install.

When your laptop/desktop is ready. You have to launch EMS in your laptop/desktop and run the Export-Mailbox cmdlet.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb266964(EXCHG.80).aspx
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lucid8Commented:
The article posted by Suriyaehnop is for 2007 :-( and you are using 2010 so please disregard.  That said here is a great step by step article on how to do exports from Exchange 2010 SP1 http://www.stevieg.org/2010/07/using-the-exchange-2010-sp1-mailbox-export-features-for-mass-exports-to-pst/

NOTE: Ensure that you follow the steps exactly including granting of the IMPORT/EXPORT roles to a specific user

At the bottom of the article Steve post a method to do mass exports but I would start with the step by step approach using the cmdlets and then graduate to the mass export method if its really needed.    

Lastly I would encourage you to look at the original article I posted "Understanding Mailbox Import and Export Requests"  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee633455.aspx since it has a great amount of data on actions you can perform.  One of the things to remember is that these MS articles have links to other articles within them that provide action specific details like this one on " Exporting Mailbox Data" http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee633455.aspx#Exp and this one on "Create a Mailbox Export Request"  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff459227.aspx
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gadsadAuthor Commented:
thank you
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