How To Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST File Format?

Ashwani Tiwari | Published: June 14, 2021 | Exchange Server

Summary: In this write-up, I will guide users to Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST format using manual and automated solution.

Exchange Server usages the Microsoft Exchange Mailbox Replication service (MRS) to import PST files into mailboxes and export the mailboxes into PST files. As an Exchange administrator, users might need to export the mailboxes to PST files to create a point-in-time snapshot of any mailbox and due to the compliance requirements.

In such cases, users ask how to export Exchange 2013 mailbox to PST file format, as exporting Exchange mailboxes has always been a bit messy. Below we have taken a user query from a forum website to make the scenario more clear:

“From the past few years, we were using Exchange Server. Recently our mother plant ordered us to use Microsoft Outlook as an email client. Now, we need to move all our crucial Exchange database into Microsoft Outlook. As our Exchange mailboxes comprise a large amount of data hence, we do not want to take any chance of data loss. Can someone please suggest to us how to export Exchange 2013/2016 mailbox to PST even without losing a single bit of data? Any advice and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.”

If you are the one who is searching the solution for the same query then, certainly you have landed on the right page. This post incorporates all the simple and cost-efficient solutions to export Exchange 2016/ 2013 mailboxes into Outlook PST.

How to Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST?

To export Exchange Server mailboxes into PST file format, there are manual and professional techniques available. One is with the help of Exchange Admin Center and the other is using the Exchange Export tool.

Note: The mailbox must be mounted on the Exchange Server in order to move its data to PST successfully.

However, there are several professionals who are searching for an accurate and efficient solution instead of opting for manual methods. It is so because using EAC, one can export only single mailbox file items at a time and it is a quite lengthy procedure. Apart from this, it cannot export the specific items of mailboxes.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended to use Exchange Export Tool. Using this advanced software, one can export all the mailboxes and data items from Exchange mailboxes to PST file format. It allows users to move Live Exchange Server mailboxes to PST file format.

Use Automated Wizard to Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST

Exchange Export Tool is an advanced software that export mailboxes from Live Exchange 2016/2013/2010/2007/2003 Server to PST file in a simplified way without data loss. This utility is capable to export exclude dumpster, disconnected, enabled, journals, hosted, disabled, corrupted into Outlook data file in no time.

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The software automatically detects, scan and load the Active Directory and provide option “Include sub-domain user’s” which allow you to search Exchange database user mailboxes within the sub domain. The date filter option helps users to export EDB mailbox items such as: journals, notes, mails, calendars, notes, tasks in a specified date range.

It is important to install any version of MS Outlook from 2003 to 2019 should be installed to export Exchange database mailboxes to Outlook data file. After exporting the Exchange mailbox the utility auto-create the export report which contains the information of exported data.

Steps to Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST File

Step 1: Download the automated software in your local system and Launch it

install the software

Step 2: Enter Exchange details – Admin SMTP address, Password, Active Directory and Exchange Server IP > Select Microsoft Exchange Server versions > Select the checkbox “Include Sub-domains Users” > Click on Login button

enter exchange credentials

Step 3: Select Exchange mailboxes > Click on the Next button

click on exchange database mailboxes

Step 4: In the categories select mailbox data items > Click on the browse button to set destination file location > Click on export button

click export

The selected mailboxes are successfully exported from Exchange 2013 to the PST file format

Note: There are most users who have Offline/Dismounted Exchange database file and they want to export the Exchange 2013 database mailbox to the Outlook data file in a hassle freeway. But the solution provided here only export on-premise Exchange mailbox. In that case, users can use the advanced EDB to PST Converter Software which easily export the mailboxes from this database in a simplified manner without using any command.

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Working Steps to Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST from Offline Exchange Database

1. Download and run the automated tool

2. Click on the Add file button >> Load offline Exchange 2013 database file >> Click on the add button

select add file button

3. Preview the offline Exchange database mailboxes >> Click export button

preview  offline EDB mailboxes

4. Select offline Exchange 2013 mailbox >> Click on PST export type option >> Select the browse button to set target file location >> Click on the export button

click export button

Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST Using Exchange Admin Centre

Below is how to use this utility to export mailbox from Exchange Server 2013 to Outlook data file format. Since this is a web service so, let us discuss how to login:

1. Finding URL Server
In order to begin working with EAC, one needs to have the Server URL to login. To get this, open Command prompt and execute the following query:

export Exchange 2013 to PST

After that, check the “Internal Link”. Open Internet Explorer and enter this URL to begin Exchange Admin Centre login service


Note: The EAC cannot be opened in any Web Browser or OS configuration. Below is a list of supported Operating System and web browser combination:


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2. Creating A Network Shared Folder and Granting Permissions

Create a shared folder on the network where you need to export the mailbox data. Make sure that it is not created in C: / drive

Permission manual method

The Exchange Trusted Subsystem requires complete access to the shared folder and for this, hit ‘Permissions’ button and set ‘Shared and Security’ Levels

Share Folder Path Exchange 2013

3. Granting Import-Export Permission to Mailbox

By default, no mailbox in the Exchange Server has export-import permission. Hence, to assign mailbox the permission to export into PST:
Open >> EMC >> Permissions menu.

Exchange Admin Center

  • Select Recipient Management then, in the roles section, hit the Add button.

Compliance Management Exchange 2016

  • In ‘Select a Role’ wizard, choose Mailbox Import Export option and click Add button that is within the same pane. Click OK.

exchange 2016 mailbox to pst


4. Export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST using EAC

Open Exchange Admin Centre and select Mailboxes. It will display a list of all mailboxes within the database. Select the mailbox that you need to export into PST file and hit a right-click on it. Highlight Export to a PST file option.

Export exchange 2013 mailbox to PST File

  • Click on Browse to choose the mailbox that needs to be exported into PST file. Click Next

Destination Path to Save PST File

  • Now, browse a location to save the resultant PST file. Use the syntax: \\server\folder\Export File.pst

Destination Path

  • Define a mailbox where you want to drop the email after completing the export process

export exchange 2013 mailbox to pst

After completing the mailbox Exchange export to PST process, the output PST can be accessed with MS Outlook

Bringing It All Together

How to export Exchange 2013 Mailbox to PST is the most common search on the internet. In order to execute this task efficiently, we have discussed all the possible manual and automatic solutions in this technical page. Now, users can prefer any of them according to their preferences.