Importing Outlook PST to Exchange (SBS2003)

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by philodemus217, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Hello,

    Our company has been running Outlook on each PC in a peer-to-peer network
    with individual POP3 accounts for a few years now and we've just recently
    upgraded to Exchange Server 2003 (with SBS 2003).

    I created user accounts and mailboxes for each person, and then connected
    all workstations to the domain (by running http://servername/connectcomputer).

    I set up a new mail profile for each user that has both the Exchange mailbox
    (as default) and the PST file (using file | open | outlook data file). I then
    copied each user's data to the from their personal folder to their mailbox

    The problem I am having occurs when I close the personal folder (PST) to
    have the users running only from their exchange mailbox folders. At the
    bottom of each calendar appointment is a link to a contact. As soon as I
    close the PST, all the contact links stop working. If I manually re-link the
    appointment to the contact before I close the PST, the link does work after
    the PST is closed. However, there are too many of these links to try and
    recreate them manually for each user.

    Does anyone know how to import all the conacts and calendar items from a PST
    into Exchange without breaking the links in the appointments?

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    philodemus217, Jul 29, 2007
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  2. I have copied the contacts, calendar, mail, tasks, etc. to the user's
    Exchange mailbox folder, but when the PST is disconnected the links stop

    In the course of testing this problem I have found the following things:

    1) If a new appointment with contact link is created BEFORE the PST is
    disconnected that link will continue to work after the PST is removed.

    2) While the PST is still connected, I can open the Exchange calendar
    appointment and click the contact link. The contact properties will open
    normally. I edit the notes field on the contact and click the "save and
    close" button. I open the appointment again from the Exchange calendar and
    verify the contacts link works and the change to the notes field is saved. I
    then disconnect the PST and go to the Exchange mailbox Contacts folder. I
    open the contact I edited earlier, but the change to the notes field is NOT
    there. It appears the link in the Exchange mailbox calendar is actually
    linked to the PST contacts NOT the Exchange contacts.

    This is really driving me crazy. Any ideas? Thanks again.
    philodemus217, Jul 29, 2007
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  3. Hi - I suggest you post in microsoft.public.outlook for more expert help
    with this issue.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jul 29, 2007
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