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Migrate unix email to Exchange?

By John Murray ·
I am planning on implementing MS Exchange at my company this coming summer. I currently use Unix email (sendmail,pine,Netscape Messenger)for an email system. I know that I will probably have to set up each account manually, but does anyone know how to migrate users folder to Exchange? For example, a unix user named Bob has a folder in his directory called Finance. How can I get Bob's Finance folder to show up when Bob logs into his new Outlook client?

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by ustutz In reply to Migrate unix email to Exc ...

The short answer is - I believe - a "connector"??? (I seen somebody else do this once ...) MS does make software packages designed to plug an Exchange server into an existing 'legacy system' mail server and extract the user data / mailboxes / incoming email. The connector also allows you to run the two mail systems in tandem for a while (accepting incoming email at the old address and forwarding it to the new server) until you are ready to switch. Oh, and BTW connectors are add-on products -sold separately.

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by msheehan In reply to Migrate unix email to Exc ...

By a "folder" do you just mean email and the such? Or something more like a personal folder?

You can use an X.400 connector to connect to an another email server, but you can't have an Outlook client (or Exchange server) open up a folder/file on a UNIX system, unless you use NFS/SAMBA to create an RPC share.

On the other side, you shouldn't have to create mailboxes manually. There are several methods to automate the process. If you have less than 100 mailboxes, it moght not be worth the effort. Here's three ways:

1) Can you get a list of the mailboxes to a text file? If so, you can create a csv to import into exchange. (tools/import) You'll need to look up TechNet or something for hte correct format.

2) Obviously your Exchange users will need NT accounts. Assuming that they don't already have exchange mailboxes, just extract the NT account list - (tool, extract account list). Then create the CSV and import.

3) LDAP/ADSI. Using LDAP, you can create mailboxes in exchange. 15second

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by carlec In reply to Migrate unix email to Exc ...

I am not familiar with Netscape's product but most POP3/SMTP email clients can export the contents of their folders in Windows Comma Separated Values (.csv) format. This exported file can then be imported into an Outlook \ Exchange Mailbox. You should also be able to export the Address Book in .csv format and this too may also be imported directly into Outlook Contacts.


Outlook Personal Folders are used when Outlook is used in Internet Email Mode, and the import/export for Outlook is thesame for either a .pst, .ost, or Excahange Mailbox so you can test the current email client Export and Outlook import functions before deploying Exchange.

HTH

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