Exporting an archive to a PST file


Exporting an archive to a PST file


There are two methods to export an archive to a PST:

Method 1 - Export Wizard

This is the best method for a bulk restore of an archive to a PST file. To start the export:
  1. In the left-hand pane of the Administration Console, right-click the Archives icon.
  2. On the shortcut menu, click Export.
  3. Work through the Export Archive wizard to complete the export

Only items that have been archived from mailboxes can be exported, not items archived from public folders or SharePoint workspaces.

When exporting, the output can be filtered by date and by retention category. For example, items could exported less than a year old that were archived with a retention category of Business.

When exporting to PST files, the wizard allows to control the maximum size of the output files. The default maximum of 600 MB is ideal for writing to CD. If a file reaches the maximum size, the wizard automatically creates a numbered sequence of files, none of which exceeds the maximum size.

Folders in PST files can contain a maximum of 16,383 items. This is a PST file limitation. If a folder reaches this limit the Export Archive wizard automatically creates a new folder of the same name but with a number suffix. For example, if folder Inbox is full, the Export Archive wizard automatically creates 'Inbox 1' to hold further items.  The wizard creates, for each PST file, a configuration file that might be needed if it's intended to import the PST file contents back into Enterprise Vault.

Method 2 - Browser Search
This is the best method to selectively restore items to a PST file. Before starting the export it is necessary to modify or create the webapp.ini file.
  1. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the Enterprise Vault program path (typically C:\Program Files\Enterprise Vault\) and search for webapp.ini.  If the file does not exist, create it using Notepad and save the file with ANSI encoding only.
  2. Add the following lines to the Webapp.ini:



    RestoreToPSTOption= domain\user1,domain\user2

    It might be also required to add the following lines to the webapp.ini, since the default return is only 1,000 items.  This is optimized for best performance, but may be modified temporarily.  The value of 10,000 is an example,; these parameters may be changed depending upon individual requirements.

  3. Save the Webapp.ini file, restart Internet Information Services (IIS) and clear the IE cache.

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