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I am having a real issue with Exchange 2003 .pst file. I recently used the migration tool for Exchange in Exchange 2003 SBS to migrate mailboxes to .pst files. Now when I try and import a users mailbox back to Outlook the password for that users mailbox does not work. Why? Does Exchange create some special passowrd when you migrate to a .pst file? If so, how would you know the password? HELP!!!
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When Outlook is configured for an Exchange Server, there is no additional passwords on the mailboxes.  The users only need to log into Windows using their domain account and password and SSO will grant them access to their mailbox.  When the PST was exported, there shouldn't be any password added to the PST file.

When you import the PST into the user's Outlook, is Outlook still configured for Exchange or did you reconfigure Outlook to be a stand-alone e-mail client?
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I solved this myself! The problem was I migrated mailboxes from 2003 Exchange into .pst files. When I went to import them back into Outlook it asked for a password and I thought it would be the password of the mailbox owner. Nope, it's not! The migration wizard assigns it's own password to the file. This is because you are not really supposed to use the migration wizard to create .pst files to import manually into a mail program, you are supposed to the migration wizard to reload the mailboxes back into Exchange, or at least that's how I take it. Turns out that when migrating the mailboxes to the .pst files, it also creates a folder and an pst password file. I simply opened this file in txt editor and was able to detect the password assigned by the migration wizard and viola the file imported just fine.

Thanks for the reply and trying to help me. The description was poor I know! Sorry!
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