OST vs. PST files


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Guest

I've perused the information I could find on the boards, but what I'd really like to know is a good comparison (pro vs. con) of the use of PST files and/or OST files as a primary storage source

Thank
 
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Ben M. Schorr, MVP-OneNote

OST files are off-line storage files and can't be used as primary storage
source. They're used in versions prior to Outlook 2003 for synchronizing a
local copy of an Exchange mailbox to be used when you're working offline.

In Outlook 2003 they're also used when running in Exchange Cached mode as
the local storage cache.


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Brent Ray said:
I've perused the information I could find on the boards, but what I'd
really like to know is a good comparison (pro vs. con) of the use of PST
files and/or OST files as a primary storage source.
 
G

Guest

Thanks for that bit of info Ben. But here's the problem I have. My company doesn't allow the archive feature to work. They have a program that scours Outlook and deletes older e-mails (13+ months old) without regard to content or topic. I'm looking for a legit workaround that allows me to keep my e-mails but doesn't allow the 'worm' to invade. I was told by an outside-the-company source that by creating a PST area ('Private Folder') my e-mails would be secure. It's still too early to tell on that one since it's only been a month since I started it. I also thought about backing up the OST file. I'm still a newbie learning the stuff behind the scenes, so any info you can provide is greatly appreciated

As we say here in Ky...See Ya'll Late

Brent
 
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Ben M. Schorr, MVP-OneNote

Yes, a .PST file should escape the mailbox maintenance routine they are
doing. One word of caution -- it's not always a career enhancing move to
defy corporate IT standards. Do you know WHY they're deleting messages
older than 13 months? Is it just to save space or do they have other
concerns (like legal or regulatory concerns?)


--
Aloha,

-Ben-
Ben M. Schorr, OneNote-MVP
http://home.hawaii.rr.com/schorr

**I apologize but I am unable to respond to direct requests for assistance.
Please post questions and replies here in the newsgroup. Mahalo!


Brent Ray said:
Thanks for that bit of info Ben. But here's the problem I have. My
company doesn't allow the archive feature to work. They have a program that
scours Outlook and deletes older e-mails (13+ months old) without regard to
content or topic. I'm looking for a legit workaround that allows me to keep
my e-mails but doesn't allow the 'worm' to invade. I was told by an
outside-the-company source that by creating a PST area ('Private Folder') my
e-mails would be secure. It's still too early to tell on that one since
it's only been a month since I started it. I also thought about backing up
the OST file. I'm still a newbie learning the stuff behind the scenes, so
any info you can provide is greatly appreciated.
 
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Guest

Ben

They say 'security' as well as saving space. However, my job does not deal with issues that would reflect on the security or the internal operations of the company. The policy is a 'blanket' policy that covers everyone regardless of the job you are doing. As a registered professional engineer, I feel that the issues I deal with necessitate the storage of my data beyond their limitation. Furthermore, the deletion policy is directly opposed to the company's record retention policy. And, the future of the policy is being debated at this time. However, I want to be sure I don't lose any significant data while the outcome is being decided. Thanks for the information

Brent
 

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