# Exchange 2010 SP1 Archiving Part 3: Importing PST files to the Online Archive

Let me introduce you to PST files. Ah, you’ve met already? Space eating email files that waste your fileservers space? I’m sure we’re talking about the same phenomenon.

In part 3 of this series on Exchange 2010 Archiving, PST files get moved out of the way and into the archive mailbox, where they belong. This can be acomplished in 2 ways:

• Let an administrator do the job
• Let the users do the job

0. Set up your Exchange environment.

Part 1 in this series on Exchange 2010 SP1 archiving talks about setting up our Exchange environment to make it ready for archiving. It is a prerequisite to follow part 1 first.

1. First things first, get the right permissions

To export  or import mailboxes or PST files, you will need to have the mailbox import/export right. This has to be configured as follows in the EMS:

New-ManagementRoleAssignment –Role "Mailbox Import Export" –User Administrator

2. Create a file share

Exchange does only support importing and exporting of mailboxes and PST files from or to a network path. Create a network share and grant the “Exchange Trusted Subsystem” modify rights.

3. Import the PST files

Option 1: Let an administrator do the job (Read: Bulk Import PST files with the Exchange Management Shell)

Using the Exchange Management Shell, you are able to import a PST into an archive. I’ve created a couple of one-liners that let you bulk-import PST files. For this to work the actual PST files will need to have the same name as the Exchange Alias of the user.

Dir \\path\to\PST\archive\*.pst | %{ New-MailboxImportRequest -Name PSTImport -BatchName Imports -Mailbox $_.BaseName -FilePath$_.FullName -IsArchive}

For single import actions use the following cmdlet:

New-MailboxImportRequest -Name Import1 -Mailbox UserName -FilePath <a href="file://\\path\to\archive.pst">\\path\to\archive.pst</a> -IsArchive

Use the Get-MailboxImportRequestStatistics cmdlet to monitor the import.

Option 2: Let users import their archive using Outlook 2010

When users have their PST archive and their personal (online) archive in Outlook, they can also use drag and drop to copy / move messages to their archive.

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Dominique is an IT enthousiast who currently works as a consultant in the south of the Netherlands. He has a strong focus on Microsoft collaboration products (Microsoft Exchange, Lync) and Cisco Wireless Networking. He blogs about these technologies at www.techdom.nl