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Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby mlein » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:06 pm

Just wondering if there's a way to export our 236 mailboxes to 236 different PST files? I can find how to export them all to one PST but that's not quite what I want. Do I have to export each mailbox one at a time?

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Mark
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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:38 am

Mark,

At this moment yes. This is functionality coming from the Veeam Explorer for Exchange. There is no method to export each mailbox to a separate mailbox. I probably can guess but can you tell me the reason why you would want to do this?

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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby mlein » Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:38 pm

Mike,

Thanks for your reply. Couple of things. I'd like a repository of all our mailboxes in PST format so that I can drag the ones of former staff into a folder so that if someone needs an email that's in one of their mailboxes, I can just search the relevant mailbox or even give them a copy of the PST to load into their Outlook if they need to search themselves. Also, i'd like to have the whole repository of PST files stored off-site as well. Lastly, in this case, I'd like to save the former employee's mailboxes so I can remove them in Office 365 so they don't get backed up anymore.

Thanks again,

Mark
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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:43 pm

Mark.

Thanks. I hope you don't mind if I have a few follow-up questions.

1) If you install VBO365 on a VM, can you back it up with Veeam B&R so you can use our traditional solutions such as a backup copy job to get it offline? PS: If you do item-level restore on that VM it will detect it is a VBO365 server and actually open the Veeam Explorer for Exchange so you can recover what you want.

2) For your former employee's mailbox. When you remove the user, it won't be removed from the backup unless the retention is over. Is that also enough or do you still prefer that PST export option?

(sorry for this additional questions)

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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby mlein » Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:33 pm

Mike,

Thanks for the quick reply.

To answer your questions:
1. Our VBO365 is a VM and it does get backed up with Veeam B&R 9.5 with all our other VMs but the repository is stored on a NAS as it's 798GB in size so it does not get backed up.
2. I plan to wipe the repository and start a new backup once I have exported all the PSTs out. This should save me some space as we have about 50 mailboxes which will no longer be included in the backups.

Long term i'll probably do this on a yearly basis, export all mailboxes to PST, remove former employees from Office 365, wipe the repository and start backing up from scratch.
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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby Mike Resseler » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:19 am

Mark,

As already said, we don't have this in our explorers right now. But I will certainly take this on the discussion table with me. One final question. If this could be done through PowerShell (via the Veeam Explorer for Exchange) and not through the UI itself, with a simple looping script, would that be a good enough solution for you? (You could even schedule it then :-))
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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby mlein » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:45 pm

Mike,

In a perfect world, i'd be able to select the mailboxes in the explorer UI that I want to export, right click on them and export them to a location I choose and they'd all be named whatever the mailbox is named. But I can understand that I won't always get what I want. So yup, a powershell script would be good enough for me.

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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby n0creativity » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:50 pm

+1 for this feature!
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Re: Export all mailboxes to multiple PST files

Veeam Logoby frankive » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:47 pm

+1

If the customer f.ex change from one MSP to another MSP, many of those MSP will require separate .PST so they can import it this way.
I have been a +1 for this request for "years", but the last months we have been doing this kind of migration with Dell On Demand Migration, apps 10 USD pr.mailbox which has served us well.
I guess actually we will never be needing this functionality if we as a MSP will be doing the migration project, but there is still "old-school" and more conservative environemnts/consultans that want to import each .pst natively.
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