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    Default Migrating Outlook PST archives to Zimbra Desktop (best practice)

    Hi,

    We are planning to migrate to ZCS from Exchange 2003. A lot of users have in their Outlook locally on PC also Archives (PST files). I know migration tool can import PST files into mailbox on Zimbra, but I don't want all this mails to be imported into Zimbra server.

    So my questions are:
    - is it possible to open PST file with Zimbra Desktop?
    - what is best to do with this PST files that are located on user's PC?
    - what are possibilities in Zimbra Desktop when mailbox is over size limit? Archiving like Outlook?
    - can PST be converted into something Zimbra Desktop can read?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rap3r View Post
    - is it possible to open PST file with Zimbra Desktop?
    This has been answered many times in the forums, there is no direct import of pst data into Zimbra Desktop. The most appropriate thing to do would be to import the data into ZCS then connect to those accounts and get the mail into ZD - that will save you a lot of time trying other solutions.
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    Read forum and google and found the same you said. But I wanted to see if there is any other solution I didn't find.

    Also am aware of your solution and the thing it worries me about it is to import 10Gbs of mails per user into Zimbra database and then open mailbox with ZD? But mails still remain in mailbox on server. And having mailboxes big as 15-20Gb of emails that are needed once per 5 years (if ever)? It's not the best practice (or is it)?

    What solution ZD offers to archive mails and move them from mailbox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rap3r View Post
    It's not the best practice (or is it)?
    Why not? Storage space is inexpensive and there doesn't seem any reason to me that you can't keep the mail on the server. If the user removes mail from the server then (perhaps) accidentally removes important mail from their local machine then how do they recover it? Best practice would surely be to keep the mail on the server with an adequate backup solution in case any mail is lost by users - you should have an adequate backup and restore solution in place (and you've documented it and tested that it works) to recover mail that's required for any (legal?) reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
    Why not? Storage space is inexpensive and there doesn't seem any reason to me that you can't keep the mail on the server. If the user removes mail from the server then (perhaps) accidentally removes important mail from their local machine then how do they recover it? Best practice would surely be to keep the mail on the server with an adequate backup solution in case any mail is lost by users - you should have an adequate backup and restore solution in place (and you've documented it and tested that it works) to recover mail that's required for any (legal?) reason.
    I totally agree with you but you know customers. Trying to spare every Euro when they should spend it. Anyway server has SAS HDDs and customer doesn't want to add any more drives to it (to big cost). SAS drives are expensive. This is why I am trying to find out secondary solution in case customer won't want to buy additional drives but rather store old emails on user's PCs and I would be able to tell them how to do it.

    So is there a solution like that inside ZD?
    Last edited by rap3r; 08-05-2013 at 11:23 PM.

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    If you dont want to migrate all the folders to Zimbra then PST Import wizard have option to "Skip these folders(Separate with Comma)" and even you can put the date filters which will migrate items on or after specified date.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoenix View Post
    Why not? Storage space is inexpensive and there doesn't seem any reason to me that you can't keep the mail on the server.
    ... in providing a reason why one might not want "all" mail on the server.

    I agree entirely with the logic of Bill's statement, but I have clients running Outlook whose profiles crash frequently when their mailboxes exceed 20GB. The "Outlook" way to resolve this, is to use its "auto-archive" feature. I should mention here, that there is no stability issue when using the zimbra web interface on mailboxes that size (search is still super quick). The problem is just outlook and I wish I could get them off it, but it isn't technically feasible at this time.
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