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    .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    Does anyone have an alternative to .pst files being used additional storage space? Mailboxes are limited to, say, 50MB, meaning .pst files are used to archive older/bigger emails to preserve this space (or just because email have to be saved).

    The problem is that if the .pst files are held on a network drive, it is not supported by MS, and can greatly impact network performance. If the .pst is held on the local workstation, it is not backed up.

    Ideally, need a solution which allows users to archive mails outside of their normal Mailbox allocation, but allows them to be backed up, and also allows them to be used without seriously degrading performance. Public folders and backing up the local workstation is not an option.

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    Re: .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    You could try saving messages as individual .msg files to a network drive. msg files can be opened in outlook by double-clicking on them. This tool might help.

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    Re: .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    >if the .pst files are held on a network drive, it is not supported by MS, and can greatly impact network performance
    What do you mean by "not supported by MS"? You can hold your PSTs anywhere you like - as long as Outlook is able to access that location when it opens.
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    Re: .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    There is a backup add-in that shipped with Outlook 2002, but is backwards compatible to Outlook 2000, I believe. Should be available in the downloads section at Microsoft.com. (Remember to point it at the server, or it will simply back up to the PC.)

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    Re: .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    Edited by unkamunka to make the link "live" - see Help #19

    thanks. I 'll take a look at the couple of options so far.

    As for pst unsupported, I would be interested in your thoughts on the following two articles, which appears to be Microsoft contradicting itself.... but having experienced severe network degradation due to pst being used over a WAN I go with the latter!

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2003/t.../ch8/OutC03.htm
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...p;Product=out2K

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    Re: .pst alternatives (w2k / o2k C/W / E2K )

    The points about network performance are valid. Those have to be weighed up against the cost of lost data. Archiving and backing up is crucial. OTOH trying to maintain a continual link over a WAN (as opposed to a LAN) has severe drawbacks. If you reckon you can't back-up your PST to the network (at least) weekly - and you have no other back-up system - that is an argument for maintaining your PST on a LAN.

    The substance of your first link does seem to include a strong pitch for acquiring Exchange Server. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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