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Compressing .PST

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I would like to know if there is a way (an command line utility, for example) for me to compact users´ .PST during logon.
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You can compress .pst files at any moment by going into instruments/services/personal folders (hope I translated it correctly from my Italian Outlook97) and choosing Compress.

If you wish to have it done automatically, you should go to instruments/options/automatic Backup and set the backup frequency to 1 day.
This way, every day your archives will be backedup and compressed automatically.

There are no other options.



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There is no utility that I know of that will compress the user's .PST's from a command line or any other method.  The only option is to move the .PST's to a compressed drive on a server.

The .PST's grow only, and contain a lot of white space.  When users delete mail, the file does not shrink, white space is created and new mail arrives it goes 'supposedly'* back into this free space.  *There are some known issues with the efficient use of this white space.  
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