Where is email stored on an exchange server?

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
We have a new server (2011 sbs standard), and will not be using exchange, we have decided to go with a host email.

One client doesnt have his old emails and would like them off the old exchange server (sbs 2003).  The old server is offline but functional.

How do I export his old exchange email?
Question by:savethehumans
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    Your probably looking at exporting all the email with a tool called xmerge, this exports mail to a pst which you can then send to the hosters and import back in.
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    Most easy way would be to connect with outlook and then drag it to the online mail. The email of exchange is stored in a large database that you can define in the setup of exchange.
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    by:Alan Hardisty
    Why buy SBS (with Exchange 2010 built-in) and then pay again, to host mail externally?  Makes absolutely no sense at all.
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    If you have outlook 2010 then you an connect to both old an new systems and drag mail accross however as I said your likely to have to export the mail and import it again.

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    The exchange would be running on a ISP that is not reliable and speeds are not very good.  There are other network issues, that have made them decide to host online.

    @everyone else
    The exchange has outlook 2007 but is offline.  When I try to add the exchange account to outlook is obviously give me an error as there is no gateway.

    When I use the xmerge, its give me an error, that I dont have the rights, but I think its because the server is offline.

    Any Ideas?  Is there a free way to convert an OST?
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    I don't know of a free way .....

    but this is pretty inexpensive

    Starts at $49.00

    Converts OST to PST
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    For this program to successfully work, the user must be logged on to Microsoft Windows NT with the Exchange Service account. If this is not possible, then the current Windows NT account must have permissions on all mailboxes selected to be merged.

    It's best practice to run this tool from an other machine to exchange as you need outlook installed. If you read the guide I posted it tells you how to do it for free.

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