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When your Exchange data becomes inaccessible due to unfortunate events like Server crashes or disasters, then you will have to rely on the last backup taken. Exchange backups (if not that old) act as a savior for the administrators. So, we will discuss how Exchange mailboxes can be backed up.
Administrators can back up all the Exchange data using manual ways or professional tools. While talking about manual ways, the most popular one is the backup using PowerShell commands (works for Exchange Server versions 2016, 2013 and 2010).
Before writing the steps to execute the process, let us see some of its advantages.
The article tells how to export Exchange mailboxes backup to PST file manually using PowerShell commands. It includes all the steps in detail. Also, the users get information about an alternative way for backup (by third-party software).
As we have mentioned, both single and multiple Exchange mailboxes can be backed up with PowerShell commands. So, we are going to discuss them one by one.
But, before that, the necessary prerequisites must be met.
Let us directly see the syntax for exporting a single Exchange mailbox to PST:
In the above syntax, File Path defines network share path of PST file where data is to be exported. And Mailbox refers to the mailbox name.
Filter: Filters allow to export mailbox data with a filter. E.g.: Export items before a specific date (01/05/2018) and emails starting from a particular word or letters (re).
Export specific folder like Inbox, sent items: The syntax to move only specific folders (like Inbox and SentItems) is given below:
As mentioned earlier, pre-requisites for this method are also same as that for exporting single mailbox.
After fulfilling required conditions, execute the following cmdlet.
As understood, this cmdlet is for exporting all mailboxes to PST file. Just like in single mailbox migration method, you can migrate mailboxes with additional parameters using respective cmdlets.
The manual method seems easy but in actual, it has some minus points as well.
So, it is hard to rely singly on this PowerShell method to export Exchange backup files to PST.
If you face any issues mentioned above and fail to export Exchange mailboxes to PST, do not worry. There is a complete solution for Exchange data backup and recovery – EDB to PST Converter tool. Some plus points of the tool are:
The use of PowerShell commands to export, and backup mailbox data to Outlook PST file has many pros and cons. For avoiding the issues related to this cmdlets method, an efficient and simple Exchange Recovery tool is available.