Monday, August 25, 2008

Outlook, Exchange & Entourage - Moving from PC to Mac

File this in the "I can't believe I haven't done this before" box. I've done it now though. Finally. I've moved my email to a hosted exchange provider. It was simple; far simpler than I'd have imagined.

I set up the service - I use Sherweb - in about 20 minutes across 3 Macs and an iPhone. That didn't include the time to install Office 2008 on one of the Macs - so add 30 minutes or so for doing that if you haven't already done it.

Moving my email from the hard drive of my MacBook Air was as simple as selecting a huge set of it, dragging it and dropping it into my server-based inbox. I had my calendar in iCal so I synced it to the Exchange server and that was done. Contents, from Address Book, ditto.

So if I move Macs later, or even move back to a PC, I guess I'll never have to go through the whole conversion process again, unless I manage to find something that doesn't support exchange - and I really can't see myself doing that anytime soon.

What are the flaws? I haven't found any so far. It just works. That has to be a good sign given if anyone could have found a way to break it, it would have been me.


  1. Nice information, It is very useful info and help to how to move outlook PC to Mac. Thanks for share this info.......

  2. Anonymous11:50 pm

    that's fascinating, really helpful. zzzzzz zzzzzz zzzzzz

  3. Anonymous5:04 pm

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog after getting now help from Sherweb themselves. I AM a tech savy guy but I've converted over to sherweb and not matter what url I try I can not get the Mac Address Book to sync to the address book it always says:

    iSync couldn't connect to Exchange

    Could not reach the server specified.

    What url did you input into Address Book to get it to reach the server?

  4. Anon ... I aync my address book via entourage (preferences/sync services). i haven't tried to do it directly. that help? alan

  5. I'm on sherweb as well - running into the same roadblock as reader above with Address Book and exchange. I'm currently using entrouage and it works perfectly except that i found out that you can't sync photos that you attach to a contact. Now, I know it seems trivial, but i just got an iphone and call me crazy, but i like seeing pictures of people that are calling me. Since i couldn't do it with entourage, i'm giving Address Book a shot - but CAN'T SEEM TO GET IT TO RECOGNIZE MY EXCHANGE SERVER. Giving me fits!