Suppose you want to migrate your calendar data to Zimbra (or some other place that takes in iCalendar format) from Exchange 2000/2003 under your direct control? Note: For Exchange 2007 you are out of luck with this method (no access to the M: drive).
So instead, expose the M: drive. One of our previous posts tells you how.
You'll be able to drill down to the Calendar folder and see all your appointments and meetings as .EML files. Believe it or not embedded in these EMLs is all the ICS data you need to insert into Zimbra (I'm not promising you're not going to have to modify it, but it's there).
So let's look at one of them.
Subject: private noon
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2008 05:35:01 -0400
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="----_=_NextPart_001_01C894A4.D2E612E0"
Thread-Topic: private noon
x-mimeole: Produced By Microsoft Exchange V6.5
From: "zyg furmaniuk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
PRODID:Microsoft CDO for Microsoft Exchange
TZID:(GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
BEGIN:STANDARDDTSTART:16010101T020000TZOFFSETFROM:-0400TZOFFSETTO:-0500RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;WKST=MO;INTERVAL=1;BYMONTH=11;BYDAY=1SUEND:STANDARDBEGIN:DAYLIGHTDTSTART:16010101T020000TZOFFSETFROM:-0500TZOFFSETTO:-0400RRULE:FREQ=YEARLY;WKST=MO;INTERVAL=1;BYMONTH=3;BYDAY=2SUEND:DAYLIGHTEND:VTIMEZONEBEGIN:VEVENTDTSTAMP:20080414T173637ZDTSTART;TZID="(GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)":20080402T120000
DTEND;TZID="(GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)":20080402T130000
So you remove everything that is not iCalendar (i.e., the email header and that small footer following the END:VCALENDAR) and swap out your email address or domain if necessary. I didn't in the example that follows and it didn't come in properly.
Upload to Zimbra using something like curl, and your before and after shots look like this:
Keep in mind, this will happen one meeting or activity at a time.
Have we rigorously tested every aspect of this? HECK NO! But this gave us enough to go on that we knew if we needed to modify something (like possibly recurrence patterns, exceptions, or maybe the GUID format) that we'd able to figure it out. Again, this is meant to suggest a more general methodology for moving calendar data out of Exchange 2000/2003.
Of course you can do pretty much the same thing with your email as well. We tested that and got attachments to come over. BUT, we learned to add an additional tag X-Zimbra-Received as per this article.
For a masterful discussion of using the M: drive in Exchange for a migration see: Migrating from POP3/SMTP servers using the M Drive