Stellar Converter for EDB is a powerful application that is packed with features to convert EDB into PST and other formats, export EDB data to another server, and migrate data from on-premises Exchange to Office 365. The native tools of Exchange Server can only export data if the database is mounted or the Exchange server is running. However, Stellar Converter for EDB can open multiple EDB files and export from them even if your Exchange Server is not running.
The application is highly recommended by many Exchange Server Admins. It can open EDB file from any Exchange Server version, without any file size limitation. If you want to extract data from an existing Exchange Server, there is no need to dismount the database as the application can open EDB file from Hosted Exchange. The software not only exports mailboxes, but also exports archives, shared mailboxes, disconnected mailboxes, and public folders. It can also save the EDB data in PST and other file formats, such as HTML, PDF, EML, and MSG. It can export directly to a live Exchange Server database of any version or an Office 365 tenant.
Scenarios where Stellar Converter for EDB can come handy
Here are some scenarios in which Stellar Converter for EDB can be of great help.
Extracting Data from Decommissioned Exchange Server
If you need to export mailboxes from a decommissioned 2007 Exchange Server, you will not be able to mount the machine and possibly you can only export the EDB file from the old tape. With the native tools, you will not be able to extract or read any data from EDB files. Stellar Converter for EDB can open any version of Microsoft Exchange Server from 5.5 till the latest 2019 and export data even from a decommissioned database file.
CU Failed and Ended with Offline EDB File
If an issue occurs during Cumulative Updates, you would end up with corrupted installation of Exchange and offline EDB file. Extracting data from Offline EDB without losing data can be a difficult process. However, you can extract all the data from offline EDB file with Stellar Converter for EDB.
Migrating from Exchange Server to Office 365
When migrating from on-premises Exchange to Office 365, you need to export the mailboxes to PST and then manually upload to Office 365 using the Upload PST method. Also uploading public folders can be a bit of a complicated matter with scripts. With Stellar Converter for EDB, you can easily migrate current mailbox database, offline EDB files, disabled mailboxes, public folders, and other items with ease.
Migrating Mailboxes from One Exchange Server to Another
When upgrading to a newer Exchange Server, in a normal scenario, you can easily setup the new Exchange Server (co-existing) and move the data. But what if your Exchange Server is limiting the co-existence or you need to upgrade from Exchange Server 2010 to 2019 without first migrating to Exchange Server 2013 or 2016? In such cases, you can use Stellar Converter for EDB to migrate the data. It offers features such as automatic/manual mailbox mapping from the source (EDB file) to the destination, priority exports for critical mailboxes, parallel exports to increase the performance of the export, and continuation of export in case the process is interrupted.
Installing the Application
The installation file is only about 30 MB in size. The software is installed in just a few minutes. The requirements for installing the current software version 10.0.4 and usage are as follows.
- X86 or X64 Intel processor
- 4 GB minimum and 8 GB recommended memory
- 250 MB free space for the installation
- Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, Server 2008, 2012, and 2016
Using Stellar Converter for EDB
After installation, when you open the application, you will be asked to select offline EDB or Hosted Exchange.
Once you select the option, you can manually select the EDB file or use the find button.
A quick scan is conducted, which you can save for easy opening.
To save the scan, you can use the buttons on the top.
After scan, you will be presented with the entire structure of the file. Here, you can browse all the mailboxes and folders in the left pane. The middle pane will show the list of items with an in-line search feature. The right pane is a full HTML preview. You can also view the items like calendar, contacts, tasks, or journal at the bottom of the left pane.
Once you have granularly selected the items to export, click on the Save button to export to,
- Live Exchange Server
- Office 365 tenant
- Public Folder
- Other formats, such as HTML, EML, MSG, and PDF
In the next step, you can choose the mapping if you’re exporting to Office 365 or Live Exchange.
You can also see the status of the export.
Stellar Converter for EDB comes in three editions:
Corporate I: Corporate comes with a limit of 50 mailboxes and for single use. This means that you can only install and activate the application on one machine. All the features are included. This will cost $299.
Corporate II: The Corporate II edition comes with extra features, with multiple use, and a limit of 500 mailboxes. This will come at a cost of $399.
Toolkit: The Toolkit comes with a price of €699 but it features unlimited mailboxes to export, multiple use, and includes a bundle of applications such as:
- Stellar Repair for Exchange
- Stellar Converter for OST
- Stellar Extractor for Exchange Backup
- Stellar Password Recovery for MS Exchange
As you can see, Stellar Converter for EDB does justice to its hype. The application is very smooth and worth having in your Exchange Administration tools. The application can granularly export from any version of Exchange Server and open multiple EDB files. The interface is easy to browse. To add more, if you purchase the Toolkit version, it comes with bundled applications that will surely come in handy.
To be honest, I couldn’t find any cons with the application, except the price which could be a little friendly. The application has exceeded the expectations with its simple but powerful features.