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  • Outlook 2003 PST Import

    Okay, this has blown my mind and I'm hoping you folks can shed some light.

    I am the new IT Director for a large petroleum company and I am migrating my users to Exchange 2003 from Sendmail running on BSD. I know, don't ask.

    My problem: all users have been using Outlook 2003 and storing mail in PST files. I have scripted everything to place all PST files in a centralized location and rename them to the users' login ID, in preparation for an EXMERGE.

    What I have now found out is that Exmerge does not work with Outlook 2003 PST files! I guess I took it for granted as I had never imported 2003 PST's into Exchange. Let's forget, for the moment, that it's insane that Exchange 2003 cannot import 2003 data, but how the heck am I gonna do this?

    Surely, SOMEONE has a solution for bulk import of users' 2003 PST's into Exchange 2003?!? We're talking about 250 users here, so please don't say the only way is to individually create 97-2002 PST's for every user, BY HAND...I've looked all over the 'net and have come up dry.

    Any help would be appreciated...

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    Re: Outlook 2003 PST Import

    I think that the next KB will give some answers about Exmerge and PST support:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/916085
    CNE 5, CCA, MCSE NT4.0-2003, MCSE 2003 messaging, Exchange Server MVP.
    Tzahi Kolber - IT Supervisor
    Polycom Israel.

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      Re: Outlook 2003 PST Import

      Hmmm..thanks for the link, but I think they're referring to the opposite way. I'm reading that the issue is exporting FROM an Exchange mailbox TO an Outlook PST. I want to go FROM an Outlook PST TO an Exchange mailbox.



      ...or am I reading it wrong?

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      • #4
        Re: Outlook 2003 PST Import

        You are right - on the KB subject, but if you will take a close look inside, you will see that Exmerge has problem with PST that are over 2GB because of the format of the file.
        CNE 5, CCA, MCSE NT4.0-2003, MCSE 2003 messaging, Exchange Server MVP.
        Tzahi Kolber - IT Supervisor
        Polycom Israel.

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          Re: Outlook 2003 PST Import

          I am not aware of anything that will do what you need. Everyone pretty much uses exmerge for everything. Outlook 2003 PST files are still relatively uncommon, particularly when compared to the older version.

          Someone like Quest might have something that can do the import, but I don't think they talk to anyone unless they are doing at least 500 mailboxes or more.

          You can always import through Outlook but that is an individual thing.

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