How To Import PST To Office 365 Manually

User can import Outlook PST file to Office 365, with Office 365 Import service. The Import service of Office 365 allows migration of PST files to Exchange Online mailboxes, in addition it can also imply that admin can Import their on -premises data to Office 365.

Why Migration Of PST Files To Office 365 Is Needed?

Importing PST files in Exchange Online Mailboxes is required due to below given reasons:

  • Importing PST file to Office 365 provides a way to migrate on-premises data to Office 365.

  • Importing Outlook PST file to Exchange mailboxes enables user to store data in a centralized way.

  • User can archive their data in Exchange Server that will provide additional on-premises storage space.

  • User can keep their Mailboxes on hold, in order to preserve the content.

  • User can impose retention policies and document deletion policies that will delete the data after a specific period of time.

  • It enhances the availability of data as user can easily search the desired data using Microsoft eDiscovery tools.

  • Admin can audit Office 365 log to get information for their administrative activities.

  • The migration of Outlook PST files to Office 365 protects data from any data loss and damage.

Also Read:- MSG to PST Converter to Convert MSG files to single PST file

Two Different Ways For Importing PST File Data To Office 365

  • Network Upload: Admin can move data files over the network and then with Office 365 Import service, admin can import data files in Office 365 Organization.

  • Drive Shipping: In drive shipping, admin can copy the data files to a temporary storage such as BitLocker encrypted hard drive and physically ship the drive to Microsoft. After this admin can use import service of Office 365, in order to import data to Office 365.

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Also Read:- How to Convert Outlook 2013 OST To PST?

How To Move PST File To Office 365 Manually

Using Network Upload To Import PST File Data In Office 365

  • Admin needs to install Azure AzCopy tool that will move PST files to Office365 and copy the SAS URL which is a combination of network URL for the Azure storage location in Office 365 and SAS key (Shared Access Signature). Due to SAS key admin get the permission to import PST files to Azure storage location.

  • Now admin can import the PST files in an Azure storage location in cloud. AzCopy.exe tool will move PST files to Office 365 Outlook.

  • Admin can view a list of uploaded PST files that are migrated in Office 365,by installing the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer.

  • After moving the PST files in Cloud storage, admin needs to create CSV file that will define the mailboxes for which the PST files are imported to Office 365.

  • In last step, admin will create an import job in Office 365 that will use information from CSV file to import PST files to corresponding user mailbox.

Also Read:- How to Recover PST Password through PST Unlocker

Using Drive Shipping To Migrate PST Files in Office 365

The steps involved drive shipping method are much similar with network upload method. However, there is only one difference that this method will use hard drive which will be encrypted with BitLocker.

  • Admin needs to install WAImportExport.exe tool and secure storage key which are required for importing PST files in hard drive.

  • With the help of WAImportExport.exe tool, admin will copy PST files in the hard drive, the tool will encrypt these PST files with BiLocker tool.

  • Also, WAImportExport.exe tool creates a Journal file that will hold information about the whole process.

  • Now admin will migrate the PST files from hard drive to Azure storage area, the import service will use the information of CSV files that will indicate which mailboxes the PST files will be imported too.

  • In last step admin will ship the hard drive to Microsoft Cloud. Then system will provide shipment number. When data present in hard drive, it will retrieved by Microsoft. The data center personnel will migrate the PST file to Azure Storage area.

Also Read:- How To Export OST files To PST Outlook 2010?

Alternative Third Party Solution For Office 365 Migration

After going through different steps involved in manual procedure, it is very complicated task and user need high technical knowledge for performing PST files migration to Office 365.

There is a third party solution namely Office 365 Migration Tool that can upload all on-premises Outlook PST files to Microsoft cloud storage.

This migration tool can import multiple PST files to Office 365 by keeping all meta properties and attachments intact. In addition, the tool also ensures the secure migration of PST files.

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