Importing PST to Office 365 can be tricky if you’re not using the right approach. Though Microsoft offers two different methods to import PST to Office 365.
Implementing both of them is a bit complicated. Amongst the two methods, the Network Upload method is widely used by organizations to import PST data to Office 365.
Here, we will be discussing the Network upload method to import PST to Office 365 mailboxes. But, before proceeding to that, let’s highlight some essential points to execute the process.
Now, let’s move to the working process of the Network Upload method to import PST to Office 365 mailboxes.
The process of using Network Upload method involves multiple steps. Each of these steps performs a separate task that is required to import PST to Office 365. The steps that we will be covering involves:
Note: *The first step will be performed only once to import PST files to Office 365 mailboxes. After that, you have to perform step 2 to step 6 every time you want to import PST to Office 365 mailboxes.
First, you’ll have to download and install the Azure AzCopy tool on your system, which will be used in the next step to upload PST. Also, you’ll have to copy the SAS URL for your organization.
Note: SAS URL is the combination of network URL for the Azure storage location and a Shared Access Signature key that provides the permissions to import PST files to Azure storage location.
For downloading and installing the Azure AzCopy tool and copy the SAS URL, follow the below steps:
Now, you need to upload PST files to Azure storage location in Microsoft cloud with the help of Azure AzCopy tool. To do this, follow the below steps:
Here, we have used the parameters to describe the command like Source specifies the source directory where PST file is stored, Dest specifies the SAS URL that you obtained in Step 1, etc.
If you want to check the list of the PST files uploaded to the Azure blob, then you can use the open-source Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer tool.
After uploading the PST file to Azure storage location, you need to create a CSV file to specify the user mailboxes where PST files will be imported. This CSV file will be submitted after creating a PST import job. To create a PST import mapping file, follow the below steps:
Note: A CSV file must include the following parameters:
After creating a mapping file, you need to create a PST Import job in Office 365. Follow the same steps, as mentioned in Step 1 to create a PST Import job. And when the Import Data page appears on the screen, perform the steps as mentioned in the below pictures and click Next.
When the data is ready to import, you can select whether you want to import the entire data or apply specific filters to trim the data. To do so, follow the below steps:
All your PST files will be imported to Office 365 mailboxes; you check the files by opening Office 365 account.
Network Upload is one of the most useful techniques to import PST to Office 365 mailboxes. But, as you might have observed that it is very complex, especially for beginners. So, you can use Kernel Import PST to Office 365 tool, which is a better alternative to it for importing PST files to Office 365. This software comes with advanced filters and functionalities that allow you to import PST to Office 365 based on your requirements.