Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Import Exchange EDB to Office 365 - Quick Migration Guide

Exchange EDB file

EDB file is Exchange database files which was designed on single client-server architecture. These files contain rich text data, which is stored in Exchange Server. Components that an EDB file contains are email, Contacts, calendar, and attachments. These files are the acronyms for Exchange Database. EDB files are formatted using b-tree structure. Each EDB file has a corresponding STM file, which consists of the actual SMTP message.

Office 365

Office 365 is a Subscription based service, which provides multiple services and software to the users. Office 365 is a brand name of Microsoft. It is based on cloud technology, which means you can access, store and view computer related data and services from anywhere using any platform Mac or Microsoft. Office 365 also provides cloud storage services.

Need to Import EDB to Office 365

“I am trying to migrate from Exchange on-premise to Exchange Online, but I want to access our old Exchange database to our new Exchange online platform. I did not find the direct option to import EDB to Office 365 my new platform. Whenever I try to import, it is saying that the file is unrecognized & cannot import it to your Exchange online account. I am afraid of trying to import it again & again as it may corrupt the existing Exchange EDB file.”

Note-> Now when there is a need to import EDB to Office 365, the question is how to import? Is it possible to transfer EDB to Office 365 directly. Therefore, the answer to all the questions is “YES” EDB file can be migrated to Office 365, with the help of third party utility.
We first Convert Exchange EDB to Outlook and then migrate this Outlook PST file to Office 365

Discussing How To Import Exchange EDB to Office 365

As stated already, importing EDB to Office 365 directly is very tedious and time-consuming so we are exporting EDB file to PST first then in another section we will discuss importing PST file to Office 365.

Steps to Import EDB to Outlook Data File

Refer the following steps to know how to convert EDB to PST:

1. Launch the software EDB to PST converter. In addition, follow the steps accordingly. First add the file by browsing it from its location.

2. Click on Open given below to add the EDB file and start the process. It will show you a scanning screen. As scanning is done click Ok

3. When the selected EDB file are added to the software then go to Export tab, select the folder that you want to Export to PST format, select the destination location by clicking browse and then click Export.

4. The software will start the convert EDB to PST. As the process is done, click Ok.

5. Now, you can save the imported data report for further usage. Verify the outcome in Outlook.

Note-> In the above section I have exported EDB file to PST. Now in the next section I will discuss how I Migrate Outlook to Office 365 using simple steps.

Steps to Migrate PST to Office 365

Now let us discuss how we can transfer PST to Office 365:
1. Download & launch the software. In the login Window, enter your Office 365 credentials and click on Sign in.

2. Then I choose the option 'Office 365 Restore' to upload data from PST file to Office 365 Cloud and then click 'Next'.

3. Now I Select Category, Folder Hierarchy & Date Filter options. Choose the options as per my requirement.

4. I received a Completion message when PST was migrated to Office 365.

5. To verify if the PST file is migrated successfully, I log in to my Office 365 Outlook account.


In this blog, we discussed EDB file & Office 365, the need to import EDB to Office 365 & the ways to migrate your EDB file to Office 365.This blog is designed to help users with the types of errors I face while working on Exchange EDB files and how using a third-party utility can resolve their issues as I resolved mine. In addition, steps to export EDB file extension to PST and then migrate this PST file to Office 365 is discussed because importing EDB to Office 365 directly is a lengthy process to follow.


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