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My university uses Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) e-mail. Soon they will close my e-mail account as my course has ended, but I really do not want to lose the archive of emails and attachments.

I've read a backup to something called a .pst can be made if one has access to Microsoft Outlook but I do not.

Is there any other way I could back these up? (preferably on Ubuntu 12.04 but I also have access to Win 7 if need be).

One idea I played with is using davmail to allow access via Thunderbird and performing some kind of backup with that. However, I cannot seem to get past Authentication failed: invalid user or password, retry with domain\user.

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an ugly option might be to get a trial version of outlook, then use thunderbird to import from that. kb.mozillazine.org/Import_.pst_files has a few options that might be worth testing out as well –  Journeyman Geek Oct 28 '13 at 12:02
    
Thanks I will give this a try. I also got Thunderbird and Davmail to work (by setting davmail.enableEws=false). Does Thunderbird automatically make local copies of my mail to my hard drive (will the folders showing now still be there even when the account is closed?, i.e. If I were to just copy the .profile folder and restore it on a different computer) or do I need to explicitly make local copies somehow? –  fpghost Oct 28 '13 at 12:47
    
I believe you can set it to under account settings -> copies and folders. At this rate you're going to self answer, so don't forget to do so once you have worked this out. –  Journeyman Geek Oct 28 '13 at 13:51

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On Ubuntu, install davmail and follow the instructions on their website for setting up Thunderbird. In particular you may need domain\user rather than just user and I needed davmail.enableEws=false in the properties file. When the OWA mail is working with Thunderbird, go to account settings->copies and folders and set up a local archive. Finally, select mails to back up and archive them to the local folder.

Even better: use the addon ImportExportTools to create local html copies with attachments of all your folders.

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