How to create PST from Exchange Server?

Himanshu Goyal
Himanshu Goyal

Updated On - February 29, 2024

Summary: Creating a personal storage table (PST) from an Exchange server involves using Microsoft Outlook’s import/export functionality. There isn’t a straightforward way to export your Exchange server mailbox to PST. To export your PST from the exchange server, you will need an extreme solution. In this blog, we have shared these methods and tools, such as Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recovery.

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As an Exchange admin, you might be aware of the tasks that need to be executed from time-to-time in an organization. One such task that is often too complicated for admins to carry out is exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST. Before exporting, you must ensure that Microsoft Outlook is installed on the computer that is connected to the Exchange server

Reasons to export PST From the Exchange Server

Exporting data from Exchange to PST is crucial for various reasons, and there are multiple reasons for it, such as:

  • For legal discovery or compliance purposes
  • To keep a backup of Exchange mailboxes
  • To protect critical emails, messages, attachments

Another important reason behind exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST is migrating Exchange data to Office 365 with the help of MS Outlook.

Things to know before exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST
Before you begin with exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST, there are a few things that you should know, such as:

  • You need to provide the Mailbox Import Export role to a group and make the account a member of this group
  • You will have to export mailboxes to PST on a UNC network share that is accessible to the Exchange
  • You will have to create mailbox export requests in the Exchange Admin Center or Exchange Management Shell

These are a few points that you should keep in mind before exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST.

Steps to export Exchange Mailboxes to PST

Now, we are going to discuss how you can export Exchange mailboxes to PST file format with Exchange Admin Centre (EAC) or Exchange Management Shell(EMS).

Steps to export Exchange Mailboxes to PST using EAC

To create an export mailbox request with the Exchange Admin Center, follow the below steps:

  1. Open EAC and go to Recipients > Mailboxes, click More Options, and then select Export to a PST file.
  2. select Export to a PST file

  3. It will open a new wizard on the screen, select the source mailbox from the first page, and then make your selection from options below.
  4. After making your selection, click next.
    click next

  5. In the next step, enter the UNC path and filename of the target.pst file, and then click Next.
  6. enter the UNC path and filename of the target.pst file, and then click Next

  7. In the final step, check the checkbox Send email to the mailbox when the PST file is exported. Click Browse to add notification recipients. click Finish.
  8. Browse to add notification recipients. After making your selection, click Finish

It will start exporting Exchange data to PST automatically. Once it is complete, a notification message will be sent to your mailbox.

Steps to export Exchange Mailboxes to PST using EMS

To export Exchange mailboxes to PST with Exchange Management Shell, you will have to use NewMailboxExportRequest. Below we have given the basic syntax of EMS cmdlets for exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST.

New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox < TargetMailboxIdentity > -FilePath < UNCPathToPST >

For example,

New-MailboxExportRequest-Mailbox abcd@www.kernel21.com -FilePath \\NDRWEB76-PC2\PST Data\Kanishka_PST.pst

For example

The complete cmdlets for exporting the mailbox is:

New-MailboxExportRequest [-Name ] -Mailbox < TargetMailboxIdentity > -FilePath < UNCPathToPST > [-IsArchive] [-SourceRootFolder < MailboxFolder >] [-TargetRootFolder < PSTFolder >] [-IncludeFolders < MailboxFolder1 >,< MailboxFolder2 >…] [-ExcludeFolders < MailboxFolder1 > ,< MailboxFolder2 >…] [-ContentFilter < Filter >] [-Priority < PriorityValue >]

Executing this command will create a new mailbox export request. It includes the following settings:

  • Mailbox export request name – The MailboxExport syntax defines the default value, which could be between 0 to 9
  • Source mailbox – Name of the user mailbox
  • Target .pst File – \server01\PSTfiles\UserName
  • Content and folders – All the data in the folder paths in source mailbox will appear in the target .pst file
  • Priority – You can set the Priority as per your requirements
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The manual process of exporting exchange data to PST is a little complicated. You can use a third-party software program such as Recoveryfix for Exchange Server Recover for an easy and speedy export. Users can export one or more mailboxes at a time.Some other useful features like Exchange Mailbox migration, Office 365 migration and public folder migration are also available in this tool.

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The working of the software is straightforward; let’s have a look at it:

  1. Download and configure the software on your system.
  2. On launching the tool, a pop-up window will appear on the screen. Select the Live Exchange option and click Next.
  3. Select the source type and click Next

  4. Click on Add Source and select the source type and then click Next.
  5. click Next

  6. The mailboxes will appear on the screen; select the mailboxes that you want to export to PST and click Next.
  7. export to PST and click Next

  8. The live Exchange mailboxes will be added to the tool, and you can preview the content by selecting any folder or item.
  9. preview the content by selecting any folder or item

  10. Now, to export all mailboxes to PST, right-click on the source root directory and click Export Mailboxes to PST.
  11. click Export Mailboxes to PST

  12. The filter section window will appear in the next step; apply filters as per your requirements and click Export.
  13. click Export

  14. The software will start exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST. Once the mailbox export process is complete, a notification will appear on your screen, click OK to finish the process.
  15. click OK to finish the process

  16. In the end, a summary of the export process will appear on the screen, click OK to end the process.
  17. click OK to end the process

    That’s how you can easily export Exchange mailboxes to PST file format, and then access it via Outlook.

Conclusion
Users often need to export their Exchange mailboxes to PST either to create a backup for the Exchange data or to access the Exchange data via MS Outlook. However the export process is not that simple; it requires technical expertise and knowledge of the Exchange management shell. So, we mentioned third-party software like Recoveryfix for Exchange Server which is very useful in exporting Exchange mailboxes to PST.

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