Saturday, 19 March 2016

Upload PST to Office 365 Without Outlook - One Click PST Migration Tool

PST to an Exchange server administrator is similar to Public Folders. However, relatively PST is more difficult to tackle with when considering its individual users that do not work under the server environment. The vulnerability of PST files to mere yet majorly affecting conditions like re-imaging of a machine or hard drive failure causes a ripple of worry amongst its users. Data security can be hard to attain in the case of PST files when considered from an eDiscovery point of view. Therefore, this scenario gives rise to the question as to what can be done with a PST file to ensure its security and maintenance.

Following is a segment that focuses on the offering from PST to Office 365 migration tool as an answer to the discussed above concerns.

Upload PST to Office 365 Without Outlook

One can choose to import their locally stored PST files into the hosted Exchange mailboxes of Office 365. Read more to know how importing PST files on Office 365 helps:

1. The upload renders to the organizational needs by enabling:

  • • Archive mailboxes for users to avail added storage on mailbox
  • • Benefits of maintaining deleted items for longer duration with retention policy
  • • Permanent loss of data file or its contents can be avoided with a copy online
  • • High availability of data file with its access provided on cloud based platform

Ways To Move Outlook Data File on Office 365

Upload Via Network: In this case, you are required to upload files over a network to the storage of Microsoft Azure. Import service provided by Office 365 can then be used for copying the file to mailboxes.

Physically Ship Drive: In this case, the files need to be copied to a hard drive that is encrypted for protection from unauthorized access. The drive must then be physically shipped to Microsoft Corporation where the Datacenter department will process out the copy procedure as stated in the first procedure. Later you can import the data from Azure to your Office 365 mailboxes easily.

The steps that need to be carried out for carrying out the file upload procedure:

1. Download and install the utility named ‘PST Import Tools’

  • • When you try importing PST over network via uploading, Azure AzCopy tool download will be asked to perform
  • NOTE: Install the file in its default path predefined during the installation. When trying to encrypt PST before upload O365ImportTool.exe looks for AzCopy tool.

2. Avail the storage key and get the PST uploaded / imported on to the Azure storage using the upload URL acquired. Ensure the protected state of your file during this procedure.

3. Get the files moved to Office 365 using AzCopy tool. As an optional step, you can also download the Storage Explorer by Azure for viewing the PST files uploaded. The tool is a complete freeware utility.

4. Generate a CSV file specifying which file has to imported to which mailbox on Office 365.

5. Now create a job for PST Import within your Office 365 account. Submit the import-mapping file for PST in this step and once the job is created Import service will begin.

This is how the procedure is carried out with the help of services and utilities provided officially by Microsoft for PST file upload on Office 365. However, the procedure being a manual one requires end user efforts to be put in whereas an application of the third party source when used in its place can be beneficial for end user’s considering the convenience provided.


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