PST Capture Tool for Exchange Server and Office 365 Migrations

Last reviewed on March 5, 2014

Microsoft developed a PST Capture tool that will help administrators search the network and discover pst files - then import them directly into users' primary mailboxes or archives.

Installation instructions are available at Install PST Capture

There are three parts to the capture tool (which requires Outlook 2010 64 bit):

PST Capture Central Service: The Central Service maintains the list of all PST files found in the organization and manages the data as it’s moved to the Exchange servers or Exchange Online.

PST Capture Agent Discovery: PST Capture agents hat are installed on computers in your organization. The agents also send the PST files they find to the host computer when an import operation is started on the PST Capture Console.

PST Capture Console: Use this interface to configure PST searches, specify the target mailboxes for PST files, and track the status of PST import operations and reports. The console can be used to import PST files stored on network storage devices where you can’t install PST agents.

Microsoft Exchange PST Capture 2.0 (Microsoft downloads)
Microsoft Exchange PST Capture (TechNet article)

More Information

The PST Capture Tool requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 or later & PowerShell 3.0 or later, in addition to 64-bit Outlook.

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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