Microsoft Exchange Server provides numerous features and settings to handle your Exchange databases, mailboxes and public folders. It also offers a unique feature like Exchange Management Shell – a cmdlet service – which lets you run a significant number of commands and complete the desired action. The benefit of Exchange Management Shell is that you do not need to access any mailbox or database manually but run the command and make the changes you want.
In the preset writeup, we are going to discuss the following command –
This cmdlet lets you export Exchange mailboxes to Outlook PST files. This command is present only in the Mailbox Import-Export role, and that role is not assigned to any role group, by default. So, if you want to run this command, then you need to include the role of any related role group. Here is the process –
Before starting the export request, you should make sure that the destination folder where you will save the PST file is a network shared folder.
Step – 1. To convert a folder to a shared folder, right-click the folder, go to its sharing option and click the share button. After sharing, click the OK button.
Step – 2. Start the Exchange Management Shell as an Administrator.
Step – 3. Run the command –
It will enlist all the mailboxes in the organization.
Step – 4. Run the second command –
After running the command, the mailbox will be in a queue for the migration.
Step – 5. After completing the migration, you can go to the destination folder and see a newly created PST file.
The mailbox export request has some useful parameters which you can use depending on your need. Here are some prominent parameters useful at various levels –
If you want to take a secure backup easily, then you can also use a professional tool called Kernel Exchange Backup tool. It can access the Exchange data and provide a much better environment for the backup.
Kernel Exchange Backup & Restore is a light-weight software which lets you export backup Exchange mailboxes directly to PST files. You can select single or unlimited mailboxes, apply filters, and send data to the desired location. Each mailbox gets saved to the respective PST file with the same name as that of the mailbox.