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My goal is too have everyones locally kept Outlook pst files copied too a directory on my server everynight so that their email is backed up nightly.

Can someone get me going on a batch script that will copy these files.  I assume I will use task schedular too make it go nightly.

It would be nice if it would log too a file as well so I new if it was successful every night.

Thanks in advance.
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 Instead of copying .pst's up everynight,  why not just do it once and point their Outlook to the file server?   What I do at offices that can't justify their own exchange server,   I have a mail$ share and put everyones pst's in there.  I then apply ntfs security as well to the individual mailboxes so only the owner of the file and admins and SYSTEM can access them.   In Outlook, just put the UNC path to the pst file,  for example  \\server\mail$\usersmailbox.pst   Only catch is,  making sure you users close outlook before they leave or you'll get nasty messages about open/corrupt files.   This sounds much easier to manage than scheduling file copies off of a whole slew of workstations.   Doing it your way you would have a whole slew of potential points of failure.
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will this work even if users pst's are like half a gig?  Will this cause a ton of network traffic?
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  Yes it will work right up the 2G limit for pst's,  I have a couple who are right at about 1G and several that are smaller yet.  And yes again, it will increase network traffic and server load somewhat but unless your file server is seriously stressed already, neither you or your users will notice much difference at all.   This is assuming they're on a 100mb segment,  I've never tried it on a 10mb segment.  Give it a try with a single user and test it out, I think everyone will probably find it satisfactory.  Hope this helps.
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Can I do this with the "Home" pst in Outlook 2000?  I don't see how.  Thanks.
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