exporting email from OUTLOOK 2003 in one domain and importing it into Outlook 2007 in another domain

We are migrating a remote office that is not on another active directory domain, into our home domain. They all have workstations with Outlook 2003 or 2007 and are prompted ever 30 days to "Archive". Most of their history is stored locally on their C drives but I hope to export it and import it into active directory exchange accounts on our home domain. I have a trip planned this weekend where I intend to log into each workstation and export all thier history to a PST then bring it to our home office and log them into our domain and import the history into their inbox so all their years of work will show up. Once imported our EVAULT system will detect everything that is over 90 days old an automatically archive it onto our Evault server. My concern is exporting everything. How can I tell where their archives are going when they archive and how can I make sure I have both their current and archive mail exported?
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TomRScottCommented:
The PSTs are compatible between versions.  Just open the PSTs with the desired Outlook profile and drag-and-drop the PST folder structures into the mailbox.

 - Tom
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Find all pst locations:  http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-to-find-and-locate-outlook-personal-folders-pst-files-folder-location/

Grab a copy to ensure you have all the mail.  If you do an export compare the sizes.  Also make sure to grab a copy of their NK2 file so they have all their cached addresses (some users refer to it as their contacts when its just an autocomplete form).
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Thor2923Author Commented:
" Also make sure to grab a copy of their NK2 file so they have all their cached addresses "

Good point! I did not think of that...thanks
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Thor2923Author Commented:
hey someone reminded me that he thinks they are "caching" in the remote office. Does that mean I need to look for an OST file to bring over also? I am not sure about OST. Could someone explain the difference between OST and PST? I am comfortable with exporting and importing PST but not sure about OST
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Do an export to PST, dont take the OST file.  The archive (if done to local system) should be a pst.
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Thor2923Author Commented:
ok. so I do not export?? as mentioned above, the PST should already be on the C drive if local archiving is occuring? How about what is actually in the INBOX? There will be at least a 30 day gap between what is in thier archive and what is on the mailstore in exchange. I am thinking now that I will end up with 2 PSTs from each user and I will import both of them into thier exchange, via OUTLOOK on the home domain
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TomRScottCommented:
A minimum of 2 PSTs for each profile is correct, based on your stated current configuration.
Those being the default PST with the default Inbox and the archive PST.

The users may have made additional PSTs as well. Those may be buried in their profile or some place of their choosing.  Experience dictates that you make no assumptions.  Users have a habit of sticking PSTs in odd locations and not knowing it.

BTW, you could just import/move the folders of the default PST and relocate the archive PSTs to be used in the same manner in the future.  That is a policy decision on your part.

 - Tom
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
My comment before is if they did connect to a remote exchange and they are using a .OST file.  Then you would do an export to .PST.  If they do not have a .OST then just copy out the .PST.

yay!!!
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Vijaya Babu SekarAssociate Ops ManagerCommented:
1. You can download as pst file from outlook 2003 and you can add the pst file in outlook 2010

2. To Transfer Autocomplete from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2010

http://www.ehow.com/how_7600095_transfer-outlook-2003-outlook-2010.html

OR

http://www.amintavakoli.com/2011/02/migrate-outlook-20032007-autocomplete.html


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