Automatically backup in-use PST file without closing it

October 31, 2015 at 07:20:08
Specs: Windows 7
At my workplace we run Outlook 2003 on our workstations for our e-mail client. All of our desktops have their pst files stored on a fileserver, but the laptops have them stored locally so that they can check their e-mails while at home. I have been given the task to get these things backed up regularly.

The problem is that most of them need Outlook open the entire time they are in the office and are in and out at irregular times. I tried setting an auto-close and copy script at around lunch time with many complaints. Right now I have pfbackup installed and it asks to be backed up every week, but I don't trust all of them to actually click backup.

During my search I've come across a few programs that claim to be able to backup a .pst file while it is open and/or do incremental backups to reduce the time it takes (some of these files are HUGE). I tested one and it corrupted the pst file :(

Does anyone have any recommendations?


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#1
November 1, 2015 at 03:44:14
As far as I know, an open or "in use" file cannot be copied (obviously that includes backing it up as well).

Utilities which claim to be able to do it are false claims as you've discovered.


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#2
November 1, 2015 at 08:58:00
I tried setting an auto-close and copy script at around lunch time with many complaints.

Stick to your schedule and you will find that over time the complaints will decrease as people adapt to the new reality and after the fist crash you will be hailed as a hero.

Been there, done that, have the scars to prove it. :-)

MIKE

http://www.skeptic.com/


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#3
November 3, 2015 at 06:31:59
Keep in mind that support for Office 2003 ended long ago, so you won't be getting any updates or security patches for that version.

If you can upgrade to Outlook 2010, there is a PST backup add-in included. No need to install a third-party program.


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#4
January 5, 2016 at 12:16:13
In order to take the backup of Outlook PST file regular basis you can take the help of Migrate Outlook Software. This utility allows you to schedule the backup of PST file on daily, weekly and monthly basis automatically. It supports all the versions of MS Outlook apps. For more info about it follow this page: http://www.migrateoutlook.com/pst-b...

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