Michael Wood asked me today about migrating from the “free” POP3 mail in Windows Server to Exchange 2003.

 

Great question! Exchange 2003 provides a Migration Wizard to migrate from a variety of sources…unfortunately POP3 isn’t one of them! If Windows POP3 only had IMAP then it could be easy! J

We provide Exmerge to do interorg migrations between forests...do we provide a POP3 migration tool? No.

 

Given that most people pull the data off a POP3 server and store it in a data file client side anyway it becomes a little tricky to get the data.

So what’s your choices? Well there’s plenty of tools out there that will migrate from client applications to a server based service. In my little bit of play around testing I saw a program called UniAccess which can take data from Outlook Express, Netscape Mail and Mozilla files and dump it out to Microsoft Exchange 2003. Theres more tools at the Microsoft Exchange website.

 

Depending on how you do the process though, it can be a very manual operation or if youre clever, then you can script the operation as well. Take a look in the Exchange TechCenter for more information and help!