In Exchange environments, OST to PST conversion is a frequent requirement for administrators. For them, it is an inexpensive way of backing up Exchange mailboxes. It helps them restore mailboxes deleted from Exchange Server. Also, OST to PST conversion is useful at the time Exchange Server crashes. Inaccessible Exchange mailboxes can be restored from respective OST files to establish a temporary facility for email communication (using MS Outlook).
OST to PST Conversion can be done manually or using third-party OST2PST tools. Manual conversion is possible only when Exchange is available. When Exchange is down, users will have to rely on solely on third-party OST2PST tools.
The Import/Export wizard of Outlook helps to convert OST files to PST. However, this is possible only when Exchange Server is available. The steps are:
The manual method for OST to PST conversion has many disadvantages. After Exchange crashes and disasters, this cannot be used for the restoration of Exchange mailboxes. However, OST2PST tools like Kernel for OST to PST is helpful at this time also. This OST2PST tool does not demand any technical skill, and there is no need to connect Outlook to Exchange Server. It can retrieve emails and other items even from damaged OST files.
After the conversion, the software will display a confirmation message, with a link to the saved location.
Third-party OST2PST tools like Kernel for OST to PST are easy to use. The preview facility offered by the tool helps to ensure integrity and totality of the data even before saving it. Moreover, it supports all the versions of Exchange Server and MS Outlook.