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Is there any way of importing an Outlook .PST file directly into Exchange 2010?

Is there any way of importing an Outlook .PST file directly into a user's Exchange server 2010 mailbox?

The Exchange server 2010 is running on a Server 2011 for Small Business Server server.

Please provide me with the exact steps.

I would prefer to do this by using the Exchange Management console instead of through the Exchange Management Shell if at all possible.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Yes there is and here is a good article which gives you all the information you will need to make this happen happily:

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/exporting-importing-mailboxes-exchange-server-2010.html

Alan
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jodiddyCommented:
No way to do this through EMC, it's gotta be done through the shell!!  The link above from alanhardisty is great for Exchange 2010, but if you have SP1 installed on Exchange 2010 then you don't need the 64-bit version of Outlook installed to make it happen.

Sample script:

New-MailboxImportRequest -Mailbox Alias -FilePath \\ServerName\sharelocation\outlook.pst

With Exchange 2010 SP1 - The file path has to be a UPN Share \\serername\location\file.pst

To check status on the import:

get-MailboxImportRequest


I have had great luck with this cmdlet, the only thing to look out of for is damaged pst files, as if the pst is damage it will NOT import completley, and it will ONLY showed FAILED in the status, you wont know at what point it failed because it will import all the messages up to the point of failure.  There are threshholds you can set to determine how many bad messages can be skipped during a PST import.

Great links if you have SP1 installed:

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/look-import-export-mailbox-improvements-exchange-2010-service-pack-1-part1.html

http://www.msexchange.org/articles_tutorials/exchange-server-2010/management-administration/look-import-export-mailbox-improvements-exchange-2010-service-pack-1-part2.html
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rosen01Commented:
No, PST files can not be imported into Exchange Server. If you really want to do this, you will have to convert PST to EDB files. There may be some third party tool to perform PST to EDB conversion.

Elsewise, you can import the PST file  in any Outlook profile you want.
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AkhaterCommented:
@Alan don't you just love it when another post comes 2 hours after yours to say the same thing and then another one 10 hours after to tell you how wrong you are!

Yea I guess msexchange.org wrote a wrong tutorial


This place is becoming crazy ;o)
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
@Akhater - Yeah - who'd have thought that MSExchange would have got it so wrong?

"I would prefer to do this by using the Exchange Management console instead of through the Exchange Management Shell if at all possible."

My link kind of makes this 100% possible - but then what do I know about Exchange ????
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jodiddyCommented:
My client is running Exchange 2010 SP1, and the EMC option is no longer there. Well I did follow the scripts to get the export option to appear but NOT the import option. I ended up having to use the above mentioned scripts to perform the imports.

@Alan - Any thoughts?
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Not yet - on a train, but will install Outlook 64-bit tonight and see what gives.
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KnowledgeableNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I'm started to get confused.

So, is there any way of importing an Outlook .PST file directly into Exchange 2010 without having to first convert it?
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Ignore Rosen01 comment's - that's complete rubbish.

You can Import a .PST directly into Exchange and hopefully tomorrow I will see if the GUI method still works.
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jodiddyCommented:
Yes ignore rosen01!!

Running Exchange 2010 SP1 I am unable to import PST's via the EMC.  I am able to import PST's via cmdlet.  No conversion necessary!!

Alan is going to check on using the EMC with Exchange 2010 SP1!

Worst case the cmdlet is fine and easy to use, just a one-line command to import a PST into a mailbox.

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