SBS 2008 migration to SBS 2011

Posted on 2011-10-28
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I had someone initially install SBS 2008 with Exchange and it has never worked right.  I want to completely wipe the server and install SBS 2011.  The only information that I need to keep is the exchange mailbox for 2 mail accounts - to include mail, contacts and calendar.  How do I go about backing up this information?  I'll start with this question and then ask more as I get involved in this process.
Question by:haallc
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    Accepted Solution

    If it is only 2 users, I would go to their individual machines and export their Outlook Data files to a .pst files.

    Backup any other data, then nuke the server, reinstall, rejoin, attach the computer to the domain, open up outlook and upload the .pst file back to the server.


    Author Comment

    Thank you - now for a real elementary question - do you have an instructions for exporting these files using Outlook 2010?  I dont get alot of time to keep up on these things as I own my own business and have gotten away from the daily use of the application tools.

    Author Closing Comment

    Needed a follow up on directions for what should be an easy thing.  My lack of knowledge not the fault of the answer.
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    Expert Comment

    Here's a link that explains it -

    You click File | Open | Import, and from the first import screen you can select "Export to File".

    Good luck, and be sure to follow the wizards when setting up the server. If you try and bypass the wizards, it screws things up - bad.  I'm an Expert at installing SBS 2003 - 2011, and I use the wizards. (I've learned the hard way, believe me.)

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