This paper is intended to serve as a comprehensive source of information about the various tools available for PST migration with Symantec Enterprise Vault 2007. It also provides some guidance on how best to use these tools. It is assumed that the reader has some experience installing, configuring, and maintaining the core Enterprise Vault for Microsoft® Exchange solution and is familiar with Microsoft Windows®, Microsoft Outlook®, Exchange, and other products, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This paper is not a step-by-step configuration guide; therefore, it refers to related documentation, as appropriate, for such information.
Summary of the PST problem
PST files (also known as Personal Folders or Outlook data files) were not designed to handle the rigorous demands of today’s large-scale corporate email requirements. However, many companies move email from Exchange into PST files for retention. Ultimately, these files create more problems than they solve and are one of the main reasons why organizations eventually seek an enterprise archiving solution. Common PST file problems include:
Solution: Migrate the contents of PST files into Symantec Enterprise Vault
Symantec Enterprise Vault software helps organizations solve the issues outlined in the previous section by migrating PST files into a central archiving repository. Migrating PST files involves more than just importing them into Enterprise Vault. It is a process that entails the following steps:
Overview and comparison of Enterprise Vault PST migration tools
Enterprise Vault provides the following tools for migrating (importing) the contents of PST files to archives:
Table 1 provides a high-level functional comparison of the Enterprise Vault PST migration tools. A more detailed comparison of the specific features of each migration option is provided in “Enterprise Vault PST migration in detail”.
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