Exporting From Exchange 2003

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We need to export from Exchange 2003 due to a legal demand for discovery. Is there a tool that will export into a format that a 3rd party can search through without using Outlook? I understand this might be 2 different issues(export, file format).
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you mean you want to export single mailbox or the whole database?

You want to see mails without outlook?


Exporting the whole database. And yes, withot the NEED of Outlook. EML almost does it, but the attachment is not part of it, correct? Not sure.
You will want to export to the PST format since its a standard that will encapsulate all the information including attachments.

1. For Exchange 2003 ExMerge will do the trick and you can download it from here http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=2743   and also check out this tutorial on how to use. http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/exmerge-recover-mailbox.html

2. That said before using ExMerge you will also want to consider the following;

*  ExMerge only supports the ANSI PST Format which has a 2GB limit

* ExMerge will not warn you if a PST goes over 2GB, it will just corrupt the PST and you won’t know it until you try to open it and ANSI PST's actually start to degrade at about 1.8GB so I would not go over that limit in order to ensure the data is recoverable.

* Here is an article on how to script the creation of overflow PST's if you reach the 2GB limit http://theessentialexchange.com/blogs/michael/archive/2009/10/16/exporting-mailboxes-larger-than-2-gb-on-an-exchange-server.aspx

* Alternatively, you can look at 3rd party tools that can do what you’re asking for and more,  they also support the UNICODE PST format which has a 20GB limit, just put a search into Google for something like “Export or Recover Mailboxes from an Exchange Offline EDB or Live Production Exchange Server” and you will find several options.  

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