Why You Need EDB to PST Conversion

10 Aug

Information store is an integral component of Exchange Server that comprises mailbox and public folder data. The Information store is further divided into a number of databases to facilitate easy and efficient management of the store. The store database files that contain mailbox data are known as Exchange EDB files. MS Exchange Server is integrated with MS Outlook to provide users with access to their mailbox data on the local workstations. MS Outlook is synchronized with Exchange Server to keep the mailbox data in sync with the information in local PST files. The Outlook Data (.PST) files act as a local backup of a user mailbox stored on the server. These files consist of email messages, tasks, attachments, notes, calendar entries, and journals.

In the event of Exchange Server maintenance or Exchange downtime due to any other reason, the database files residing on the Exchange Server becomes inaccessible and the services to all Exchange users are disrupted. In order to maintain business continuity in such crisis situation, the Exchange database administrators extract user mailboxes from the EDB file and convert these mailboxes to Outlook PST files. This is typically done by performing an offline conversion of the Exchange EDB file to Outlook PST files. Users can work offline on these files and later synchronize the changes made with the mailbox on the Exchange Server.

Another instance that requires EDB to PST conversion is when you upgrade your Exchange Server and want to use old version files in the new installation. This can be accomplished by converting EDB to PST and then importing data from the PST file into the new installation. Microsoft offers two indispensable tools that allow you to safely perform this conversion, i.e. Exmerge.exe and Export-Mailbox. With the help of these tools, you can export mailbox data from your Exchange database to an Outlook PST file. In case these utilities fail to fail to carry out this conversion, you can take help of professional EDB to PST software.

Commercial EDB to PST Converter utilities are equipped with robust mechanisms to safely convert your healthy as well as damaged Exchange database (.EDB) files to Outlook Data (.PST) files. With the help of these tools, you can extract and restore individual emails as .pst’ files in your system. They also allow selective conversion of user mailboxes. Furthermore, these tools support all the latest MS Exchange versions, including MS Exchange 2010, 2007, 2003, 2000 and 5.5.


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