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    Backing up the PST (XP2002 SP2)

    <hr>In WOW #9.01 the following statement is made:

    3. OUTLOOK 2003 WON'T QUIT
    In the last issue of WOW (http://www.woodyswatch.com/office/ar...ate.asp?v8-n51 ) WOWser BT told us about his problems getting Outlook 2003 to quit: BT clicked the "X" in the upper right corner, he clicked File | Exit, he did everything but throw Outlook into the fires of Mordor, but Outlook 2003 kept on ticking and ticking and ticking... with its icon present in the System Tray, down near the Windows clock.

    Ends up that many of you have the same problem. It's a particularly devilish problem because Outlook doesn't let go of its PST file - so if you try to run a backup while Outlook's still going, the backup program can't do its job. (Thanks to all of you who suggested BT save messages on the server to retrieve them while he's traveling. I know it works - I've done it myself - but it doesn't solve the problem!)<hr>

    If you are using WinXP, then this isn't a problem! All you have to do is use the Volume Shadow Copy functionality. I use the built-in app to do nightly backups and don't have to worry about any open files, including Outlook which is runing on my system 24X7X365 (how else can I get my regular load of spam (300 per day) cleared off of the server <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> ).

    Open the Backup app and click on the Help menu item. Here's some info:

    <hr>Volume shadow copy overviewWindows XP allows you to create shadow copy backups of volumes, exact point-in-time copies of files, including all open files. For example, databases that are held open exclusively and files that are open due to operator or system activity are backed up during a volume shadow copy backup. In this way, files that have changed during the backup window are copied correctly.

    Shadow copy backups ensure that:

    Applications can continue to write data to the volume during a backup.
    Files that are open are no longer omitted during a backup.
    Backups can be performed at any time, without locking out users. <hr>

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    Re: Backing up the PST (XP2002 SP2)

    Given that Woody said this is such a large problem, I'm surprised that no one here has/had any comments. Perhpas everyone but Woody knew this information?

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    Re: Backing up the PST (XP2002 SP2)

    Perhaps users of Outlook 2003 have too many other problems to worry about backups? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    I for one prefer to kill whatever is keeping the PST open so I can just copy the file. I the NT Backup program (the one that comes with Windows XP Pro) some time ago, and found it to be a lot of work and to generate immense backup files (which at the moment I have nowhere to stash). I haven't tried the "shadow copy" feature, but if I do install Office 2003, I might have no choice...

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    Re: Backing up the PST (XP2002 SP2)

    I have found that it is NOT Outlook not shutting down, but some third party that keeps it hanging around. Once they have been turned OFF, all is working as should.

    Another thing that will keep it running, is if it is already running and try to start it up agian, it will not shut down. One needs to go to "Task Manager" and kill the process.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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