Rules keep getting deleted


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kita

I use Outlook 2003 and I synch with my laptop using synchpst.

When I create rules in Outlook after a week or so when I receive mail
an error message will appear that states outlook cannot move message
to the folder that I set up the rule for.

When I check the rule the folder reverts back to unspecified folder
with an error icon.

I should also mention that I transfer my PST files to the laptop and
bck to the desktop to ensure full synch.

Any idea why this happens?

Win XP Pro system

Kitaman
 
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Brian Tillman

I use Outlook 2003 and I synch with my laptop using synchpst.

When I create rules in Outlook after a week or so when I receive mail
an error message will appear that states outlook cannot move message
to the folder that I set up the rule for.

When I check the rule the folder reverts back to unspecified folder
with an error icon.

I should also mention that I transfer my PST files to the laptop and
bck to the desktop to ensure full synch.

Any idea why this happens?

I have an idea why, gathered from some experimentation. When you specify a
location in a rule, it's not just the folder name that is stored, although
that's all that appears in the user interface. Information about the
specific machine on which the rule was defined and, evidence indicates, the
location of the PST is also contained in the rule folder. By moving the PST
between machines, you're disrupting that information, making it invalid.
Thus, the folder becomes undefined.

Once approach that may work consistently is to export your rules when it's
time to transfer the PST and transfer the RWZ file as well, importing the
rules again when the synch is complete.
 
K

kita

I have an idea why, gathered from some experimentation. When you specify a
location in a rule, it's not just the folder name that is stored, although
that's all that appears in the user interface. Information about the
specific machine on which the rule was defined and, evidence indicates, the
location of the PST is also contained in the rule folder. By moving the PST
between machines, you're disrupting that information, making it invalid.
Thus, the folder becomes undefined.

Once approach that may work consistently is to export your rules when it's
time to transfer the PST and transfer the RWZ file as well, importing the
rules again when the synch is complete.

Thanks, followup questions.... What does the rule "for this machine
only" represent? If its checked or unchecked how does this impact
exporting or synching for that matter?

Kitaman
 
B

Brian Tillman

Thanks, followup questions.... What does the rule "for this machine
only" represent? If its checked or unchecked how does this impact
exporting or synching for that matter?

My understanding of that is that the "on this machine only" signifies a
client-side rule. For a stand-alone system, all rules are client-side, but
the "on this machine only" rules are explicitly so. It can never be a
server-side (i.e., machine independent) rule. See
http://www.slipstick.com/rules/serverbased.htm
 
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