Automatized migration from Outlook Express to Outlook 2003

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Nicolás Álvarez



Hi all,

A customer is migrating their old O. Express client into Outlook 2003. The manual process is very clear, but they have more than 500 workstations, so are looking for an automatized way to do it (via scripts, cmds or any other way). Is there a non export-import way to do it??

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Hi,

Unfortunately, there's no way to automate the importing of your Outlook Express mail and addresses into Outlook 2003.

You may want to consider a 3rd party tool that might be able to save your Outlook Express's DBX files into a PST like this utilty I found searching the web: http://www.dbxconverter.com/

From the description, you would be able to convert and save the DBX items into an Outlook PST file. I don't know anything about that application, but perhaps you could script it to automatically convert the user's DBX data into a PST file.

You'd then need to add the PST to the user's Outlook profile. --Now that you can script using the Outlook Object Model. :)

To give you another thing to look at: Here's a tool to extract Outlook Express messages from a DBX file: http://www.mailnavigator.com/read_outlook_express_dbx_files.html

Again, I have no idea if this would allow you to automate the extraction. Nor what you would be able to do with the extracted data? Is it in a format you could incorporate into Outlook 2003? Sorry, don't know.

Anyways, I hope that gives you some options. My thoughts are that nothing will be quicker\easier than educating the user on how to use the Import Wizard to migrate the Outlook Express over.

Also, you'd be in the same situation whether you were in Outlook 2003, 2007, or 2010. There's no way to script the Import\Export Wizard to bring the data over.

Hope that helps!

Jahawk MSFT
 
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