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    Export mailbox data from SBS 2003 into Exchange 2010

    Difficult to find specific information on this.

    I'm moving approx 100 users from SBS2003 to a Server 2008 / Exchange 2010 based network. What's the best and simplest way to get the email data from one to t'other?

    All the users and new mailboxes have been created on the new servers.

    I'm thinking of Exmerging the data off the SBS box and then using:

    Import-Mailbox –Identity %USERNAME% –PSTFolderPath %PST_LOCATION%
    on the 2010 box to put the data onto the new server.

    Is this method OK? If not is there a better way?

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    If you use Exmerg on the Old SBS2003 Server to export the mailboxes, and then use the PowerShell Command to Re-Import the mailboxes on the server you will not have any problems. I've done it many times now on the migrations i have done over the year and don't have any issues.

    Exmerg Download:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/e...displaylang=en

    Powershell Commandlet Needed:

    Get-Mailbox –Database "SERVERNAME\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database" | Import-Mailbox -PSTFolderPath D:\PSTFiles

    * Make sure the new alias's match the PST File Name.

    Just make sure you have a 32bit Machine handy for the Import.

    James.

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    Thanks James

    Why do I need a 32-bit machine though? Can I not export the SBS database and import straight into Exch 2010?

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    Will both servers be members of the same domain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    Will both servers be members of the same domain?
    No

    We're creating a totally new AD structure, the new servers will be on a different domain. We're hoping to be able to export the old mailbox data to a neutral location, remove the SBS box, join all old servers and PCs to new domain and then import the mailbox data to the new Exchange server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    Thanks James

    Why do I need a 32-bit machine though? Can I not export the SBS database and import straight into Exch 2010?
    The export won't be a problem, it's just that for some reason! microsoft only allow you to Import / Export Mailboxes from Exchange 2007/10 using a 32-bit Managment Console. You'll find that out when you try and run the above command from the PowerShell Commandlet on Server which would be x64.

    Hope that helps,

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    The export won't be a problem, it's just that for some reason! microsoft only allow you to Import / Export Mailboxes from Exchange 2007/10 using a 32-bit Managment Console. You'll find that out when you try and run the above command from the PowerShell Commandlet on Server which would be x64.

    Hope that helps,

    James.
    A thousand thanks! Good pre-warning there about something that I was completely unaware of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number6 View Post
    A thousand thanks! Good pre-warning there about something that I was completely unaware of.
    No problem, hope it goes smooth for you and you don't get loads of RED Writing saying something daft like it cannot complete said action due to two many corrupted items being contained within said mailbox!

    Make sure you have Full Admin Rights to the Mailboxes before hand also, this powershell command may come in useful for that too!

    Get-MailboxDatabase -identity "SERVERNAME\First Storage Group\Mailbox Database" | Add-ADPermission -user USERNAME -AccessRights GenericAll

    James.

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    RED Writing saying something daft like it cannot complete said action due to two many corrupted items being contained within said mailbox!
    Do you get that with ExMerged PSTs then? I've seen the powershell import have the kind of trouble you might expect with "personal folder" PST files kept on networks etc., but kind of assumed the PSTs ExMerge makes would be relatively perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    Do you get that with ExMerged PSTs then? I've seen the powershell import have the kind of trouble you might expect with "personal folder" PST files kept on networks etc., but kind of assumed the PSTs ExMerge makes would be relatively perfect.
    I have not had it occur very often if i am honest with you, it generally tends to happen when i have had to move the darn things from Hard Disk > Removable Media > Hard Disk because i have no physical 32bit machine around as my laptop is x64.

    When i have exported them, moved to desktop and done it i have had no issues. To be honest the last one i did the information store was something like 60Gb :|

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