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Is there a way to import a user's .pst file through Windows Exchange Server 2010 instead of going to each user's computer?

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I have about 7-10 users that has old .pst files from 2004 thru 2011.  I want to import these back into exchange 2010 but I do not want to each user's computer.  Is there an easier way.
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by:Mahesh
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In Exchange Server 2010 SP1 and above importing PST files into mailboxes is performed using Mailbox Import Requests. These are similar to export requests in that they are processed by a Client Access server.
Check below article for step by step to achieve that
http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-2010-import-pst-files-mailboxes/

Before SP1 you would have to install a copy of Outlook on the Exchange server and use a PowerShell command that looks like below (once you had granted Import/Export rights);
BEFORE Exchange 2010 SP1
Get-Mailbox | Import-Mailbox –PSTFolderPath C:\Folder_Containing_PST_Files

http://www.petenetlive.com/KB/Article/0000443.htm

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by:Will Szymkowski
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You can do this via powershell. You need to have Full Mailbox permission or create a new Management Role Assignment Role Group.

Use the below command to add Full Mailbox Permissions

Add-MailboxPermission -Identity <MailboxUserName> -User <user Granting Access> -AccessRights FullAccess -InheritanceType All

Example
Add-MailboxPermission -Identity "sjones" -User "will" -AccessRights FullAccess -InheritanceType -All

Once you have full Mailbox permission you can import the PST Files. Use below syntax...
New-MailboxImportRequest -filepath <PSTfilePath.pst> -Mailbox <UsersMailbox>

Example
New-MailboxImportRequest -filepath \\server1\share\sjones.pst -Mailbox sarah.jones

All mail items will go directly in to the Inbox of the users Mailbox. If you want to specify a specific folder you can use the switch -TargetRootFolder

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by:PowerC280
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Is there a application that would do the import…something with a GUI?
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by:Will Szymkowski
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You only have 7-10 users. Using Powershell is pretty easy. Just follow the examples above and you will be fine.

A good GUI based tool is below not free but works well.

Exchange Server PST

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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
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The Microsoft PST capture tool will do the job and it is free.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh781036(v=exchg.141).aspx

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You can have a look on this review recommended by MVP :
http://clintboessen.blogspot.in/2013/07/lepide-exchange-recovery-manager.html
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