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MS Outlook unable to import old OST E-mail file

by Logan FINCH / February 11, 2016 11:12 PM PST

Our company runs MS Outlook in a windows virtual environment created with VMware. Now we are required to run the same Outlook account along with all emails and attachments on our personal PC without virtual environment.
So for initials I tried to copy respective OST and PST files from virtual environment to the PC provided and try to import the same using Outlook, all was working according to plan and we successfully imported PST file but Outlook failed to import the OST file, we
tried to follow the same steps again but outlook failed to load the file.
Any suggestions please

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Re: OST file
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 12, 2016 12:42 AM PST

Connect to the same Exchange server on your PC as it does on the virtual machine. What happens?

But there is a nice work-around, if that doesn't work. On the virtual machine, just use Outlook to copy the contents of the .ost file to a personal .pst file. Can copy that to your PC and link it to Outlook, like you link any other personal .pst file. No need to import anything.
And certainly no need for any spammed conversion program.


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MS Outlook unable to import old OST E-mail file
by Logan FINCH / February 12, 2016 1:18 AM PST
In reply to: Re: OST file

Thanks Kees_B for reply and the solution would definitely work if we can access to virtual environment again.
Our company is planning to connect our team to a new Exchange server. Now all we have are OST and PST files and searching for some solution to read them
Please Suggest

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by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 12, 2016 1:45 AM PST will give you link to programs that say they can do the job.

All answers with a link to such a program will be deleted. There's too much spam around for them and they hardly ever are necessary.
Your case might be an exception if the virtual environment has been deleted without backup. But that's so bad that I can't believe any serious IT manager would do such.


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