How to Export Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST?

Exchange 2007 reached the end of support on April 11, 2017, but many organizations are still using Exchange 2007. End of support means Microsoft will not provide any new updates, technical support. So, before losing your data, export Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST.

“Before some of the Genii think our Exchange 2007 is running well and don’t need to export mailboxes anywhere. Let me mention, your installation will run, but Microsoft no longer provides any technical support for the problem that occurs, bug fixes for issues that can cause data loss, Security fixes, and vulnerability to security breaches. So it is better, and we highly recommend exporting Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST”. 

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What are your options to export mailbox to PST from Exchange 2007?

In Exchange 2007 export-mailbox to PST feature replace the Ex-merge utility, and now this is the only manual way to export Exchange 2007 mailboxes into PST files.  

Using ‘export- mailbox’ to export mailboxes into PST from Exchange 2007 

Before starting the process, remember

  • You cannot use the Exchange Management console to export mailboxes from Exchange 2007.
  • This method doesn’t export Public folders.
  • Cross forest export mailbox is not possible by this method. 

Permission required to export mailbox to PST from Exchange 2007

The account you are exporting data should have

  1. Full mailbox access: Make sure the account with which you’re going to export mailbox has user-level or store-level mailbox access rights.  

To grant full access rights, run the below-given command: 

Add mailbox permission – Identity User1- User Administrator -AccessRights FullAccess

Here User1 will be the mailbox from which data to be exported, and Administrator is the Admin account with full access rights.

  1. Ensure the Administrator account have the Exchange Server administrator permissions and Local administrator rights for both source and target server.
  2. To export Exchange 2007 mailbox to pst, run the Export-Mailbox cmdlet from a 32-bit. (Make sure the computer has the following prerequisites installed)
    • The Exchange management tools (32-bit)
    • Outlook 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Outlook 2007
    • Exchange 2007 management tools (32-bit)
  3. The target mailbox specified must exist before running the command to export data to a folder in another mailbox. 

Start exporting Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST file

The “Export-Mailbox” cmdlet can export all message types, along with messages, calendar items, contacts, distribution lists, journal entries, tasks, notes, and documents.

By default, it (the “Export-Mailbox” cmdlet) exports all empty folders, special folders, and subfolders to the target location.

To export data to a PST file- Exchange mailbox.pst to a location C:\Exchange Mailbox, run the following command:

“Export-Mailbox –Identity –PSTFolderPath C:\Exchange Mailbox\Exchange Mailbox copy.pst

To export data received between August 2, 2006, and August 21, 2006, to a .pst file, run the following command:

Export-Mailbox -Id -StartDate “02/08/06” -EndDate “21/08/06” -PSTFolderPath C:\Exchange Mailbox\Exchange Mailbox copy.pst

In order to export only data from the Sent Items folder, run the following command:

Export-Mailbox -Id User1 -IncludeFolders ‘\Sent Items’ -TargetFolder ‘User1 Sent Items’ –Target C:/ExchangeMailbox/ Exchange Mailbox copy.pst

To import a *.pst to User1 mailbox, run the following command:

Import-Mailbox –Identity -PSTFolderPath C:\ExchangeMailbox\ Exchange Mailbox copy.pst

It is how you can manually perform Exchange 2007 export- mailbox to PST. It works, but I’ll suggest to only use this method if you have a good hand in technology or you have technocrats in your team. Otherwise, you can lose all your Exchange 2007 mailbox data.

Besides this, you can use automated Exchange to PST migration tools. There are many on the web. I will prefer using Exchange Recovery Manager by Shoviv. Why? Below are its step-by-step process and features. After reading them, you’ll know the reason.

Export Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST using Exchange Recovery Manager

  • Firstly, Install and open the software.export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-01
  • Then click Add Source option and select Exchange Server Mailboxes.export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-02
  • Now provide asked credentials and click Next button. In the next wizard, select mailboxes to export.export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-03
  • Select Outlook PST from the ribbon bar and check/uncheck folders as per requirement. Then, click the Next. export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-04
  • In the next wizard, browse the location to save the PST file. PST split, set Password options are also available. Use as per need.export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-05
  • Now the Filter wizard gets open, based on the message class and item date. export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-06

Click on the Advance option for the Email translation and folder mapping feature. Once done, click Next.

  • Now the software will export your Exchange mailboxes and displays a live log report. export-exchange-2007-mailbox-to-pst-img-07

See how easy it is to export Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST file format using Shoviv Exchange Recovery Manager. Even a non-technocrat can export Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST file format. Along with this, it has an Incremental Export option, rarely provided by other software.  

What is Incremental Export?

We all know the migration/conversion or any other process can get interrupted. And when we start the process again, it gets started from the beginning and creates duplicate items in the target mailbox. To eliminate this issue, Shoviv Exchange Recovery Manager provides an Incremental export option. By checking this option, the software will resume the process from the last interrupted email and will prevent duplicity in the target PST/mailbox. This option also saves users’ crucial time. 

Wrapping Up

In Exchange 2007, you can lose your data by a single bug as Microsoft doesn’t provide technical support and bug fixes for it. We highly recommend exporting Exchange 2007 mailbox to PST format. You can use any of the defined methods as per your technical knowledge. For the best and safe results, I suggest Shoviv Exchange Recovery Manager.



About the author

Stuart Clark is working as a technical content writer at Shoviv Software for the last 3 years. In his free time, he loves to write about new technology and read fiction books, his favorite book is "It ends with us" by Coolen Hoover.

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