How to Migrate EDB to Live Exchange Server?

Megha Sharma
Megha Sharma

Updated On - October 19, 2022

EDB is the file extension for Exchange Server database files. Sometimes, users need to migrate an offline EDB file to Live Exchange Server to access its data in the Exchange environment. And sometimes EDB files may be corrupted or inaccessible currently which needs to be reloaded to the desired Exchange Server to access its crucial data again.

But there is no manual method to export EDB data to live Exchange directly rather you need to go by two stage process where first you have to move EDB data to PST file and then import it again to the Exchange Server. For this you can utilize the Exchange Admin Center interface or PowerShell commands.

So, you’ll either have to convert the EDB file to PST or use a third-party tool to migrate EDB data to live Exchange.

And when it comes to the third-party tool, there is no better software than RecoveryFix for Exchange Server. It is an effective Exchange recovery tool that helps users to migrate mailbox items to Office 365 or live Exchange directly. It is empowered with some advanced features, which includes:

  • Recovering entire mailboxes from an EDB file
  • Selective migration with intelligent filter options
  • Support to all Exchange Server and Outlook versions
  • Migrating data from EDB to Live Exchange/Office 365
  • Migrating data with the original folder hierarchy
  • Drag-&-Drop and Copy-Paste feature to migrate data easily.

Now, let’s have a look at the working process of this tool for better understanding.

Steps to Migrate EDB File to Live Exchange with RecoveryFix for Exchange Server

The EDB to live Exchange migration process of RecoveryFix Exchange Server Recovery consists of three major steps. Adding Source, Adding Destination, and Migrating Mailboxes from Source to Destination. Here, we’ll go through each category step-by-step.

1. Download RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery tool and install it on your system.

Adding EDB File as Source

2. After launching the tool, click the “Add Source” button. A dialog box will appear on the screen, select “Offline EDB File” to add EDB file as source
add EDB file as source
3. Now, click the “Browse” button to select the EDB file, and then click “Next.”
click the “Browse” button to select the EDB file, and then click “Next.
Note: If you don’t know the location of EDB file, you can search for it with the “Search” option.
4. Now, select the mode to scan the EDB file and click “Next” to “Next” to continue
5. The EDB file will be added to the tool; you can check all its mailboxes and view their content.
check all its mailboxes and view their content
Adding Live Exchange as Destination
6. Now, to add live Exchange as a destination, click “Add Destination” and select “Live Exchange (On-premises)” from the dialog box and click “Next.”
Select the source destination type and click Next
7. In the next step, the tool will ask for Live Exchange Server information, such as connection preference, Exchange Server name, Mailbox name, or Exchange Server version, etc.
Provide Exchange Server Information
Note: Select the checkbox “It’s Exchange Server 2013/2016” if you’re using Exchange 2013/2016.
8. Select the mailboxes to which you want to migrate the data. Click “Next” after selecting the mailboxes. The Live Exchange mailboxes will be added to the tool.
Click “Next” after selecting the mailboxes
9.You can see mailboxes of both source and destination in the software.
see mailboxes of both source and destination
Migrating Mailboxes from EDB to Live Exchange
10. Now, if you want to migrate all mailboxes from EDB file to Live Exchange, then right-click on the root folder in the source pane and select “Copy All Mailboxes.”.”
right-click on the root folder in the source pane and select “Copy all mailboxes
11. Go to the destination and right-click on the root folder and click “Paste all mailboxes.”
right-click on the root folder and click “Paste all mailboxes
12. Select mailboxes before migrating. Click Next.
Click Next
Note: With the Custom Selected option, you can apply a custom selection of folders to all the mailboxes. You can choose the options Select All/Deselect All to select or deselect all mailboxes. Select “Save with Hierarchy” to migrate mailboxes in the same hierarchy.

13 .In the next step, select the filters for the mailboxes, such as item type, date range, including/excluding folders, etc. and click “Next.”

click “Next
14.The migration wizard will appear on the screen. Here, you can map the source mailboxes with the destination mailboxes. Click “Next” after mapping.
Click “Next” after mapping
15. The migration process will start. Once it is completed, a notification will appear on the screen displaying “Migration Successful.” Click “Ok” and then click “Finish” to end the process.
Click “Ok” and then click “Finish” to end the process
Thus, EDB file mailboxes have been migrated to Live Exchange mailboxes. Similarly, you can also a copy folder, and then paste it to a destination mailbox.


Migrating EDB file data to live Exchange was never easy because the only manual option to achieve it was first converting EDB to PST, then importing to Exchange which is a tedious process as whole. But, with the help of RecoveryFix for Exchange Server Recovery, you can directly migrate EDB data to live Exchange. This software makes the migration quick and easier even for non-technical users.

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One thought on “How to Migrate EDB to Live Exchange Server?”

  1. Great blog and very well describes. I fell in professionals so this is a very helpful blog for everyone. Many thanks for your share.

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