Stellar Converter for EDB is a leading tool in market to export data from Exchange Server database (EDB) files to PST and other file formats. This EBD to PST converter tool can also be used as a migration tool to migrate data to another Exchange Server or Office 365 tenant. It can read data from any version of Exchange Server database, with no size limit. Below, we will review this software, based on the ease of installation and use, the user interface, and the functionality.
Stellar Converter for EDB – An Overview
Stellar Converter for EDB is recommended by many MVPs and IT administrators as a crucial tool to manage and support Exchange Server. It can open live Exchange Server databases without having to dismount them. It can also open offline Exchange Server databases without having a running Exchange Server. It allows to browse through the data stores and then granularly export and migrate the data with ease.
Go to Stellar Converter for EDB product page and click on the Free Download button to download the application.
It will take a few seconds to download the file. The installation file is less than 40 MB. After a few standard clicks, the installation process will be completed. The installation can be done on a Windows Server operating system or a Windows 10/11 operating system.
Using the Software
After the purchase of license and installation, it’s the time to see what the application can do.
When you open the application, you will be presented with the options to open a live Exchange Server database and an offline EDB file.
You can open live Exchange Server databases without having to dismount the actual databases and export data from them. I am speaking about multiple databases because you can open multiple EDB files at the same time in the application, with the no file size limit.
You can select the database file location. You can also use the Find button to search for EDB files on the specified disk if you don’t know the exact file path. You can change the Temp Path or leave it as default. After this, a scan of the database file will commence. Depending on the size of your EDB file, it will take time to finish. Once complete, it will open the interface.
You can also save the scan so that you can open it later without scanning the databases.
The interface is quite smooth and simple where you can see the entire structure of the database and its contents. At the bottom of the window, you can change the view to see the contents, calendar, contacts, tasks, and other.
In the middle pane, you will see the item listing, along with a multiple inline search of the items. If you want a more advanced search, you can click on the top in the ribbon. The right-pane features a full HTML preview of the highlighted item.
Now, it’s time to export the data. Once the selection is done, you need to click on the Save button.
You can select any of the following:
- Export to a live Exchange Server
- Export to Office 365 tenant (Exchange Online)
- Save to PST
- Export to a public folder
- Other file formats, such as HTML, EML, MSG, and PDF
When exporting to a live Exchange Server database or Office 365, you have some extra features, such as automatic mailbox matching with priority option.
It also features parallel exports and continuation in case of interruption.
It will give you a full status report once it’s ready before starting the migration. Exporting is not limited to user mailboxes. You can also export user archives, disabled/disconnected mailboxes, shared mailboxes, and public folders.
There are three types of licenses available.
Corporate I: It offers the full features but limited to a single system, along with a limit of 50 mailboxes.
Corporate II: It has the same features of the Corporate I, but it can support multiple systems and can convert up to 500 mailboxes.
Toolkit: It is the ultimate license that has the same features of the other licenses, but allows conversion of unlimited mailboxes and includes some additional tools, such as:
- Stellar Repair for Exchange
- Stellar Converter for OST
- Exchange Backup Extractor
- Exchange Password Recovery
After testing the application and seeing it live, I must really say that it lives up to its reputation. I was able to open an orphaned EDB file, read all the data, extract the data to PST, and export to a live Exchange Server database or Office 365 with ease.
The only con of the product is that with the free version you cannot export any data. You are allowed to only preview the data. You need to purchase a license to export the data. Other than that, there were no other cons.