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Outlook 2003 .pst size configuration with Registry

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Dear All

Using Windows XP Pro. SP1 + Outlook 2003 (No service Pack)

I want to extend the default .pst size of the users. I found the above KB from MS KB.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=832925

In none of our pcs registeries we have the PST entry like "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\PST"

- How can make sure this entry appears ? Shuld I reinstall Outlook 2003 ?
- If I add the entrys below would it work ?

Name Type Valid Data Range Default
MaxLargeFileSize REG_DWORD 0x00000001 – 0x00005000 0x00005000 20,480 (20 GB)  
WarnLargeFileSize REG_DWORD 0x00000000 – 0x00005000 0x00004C00 19,456 (19 GB)  
MaxFileSize REG_DWORD 0x001F4400 – 0x7C004400 0x7BB04400 2,075,149,312 (1.933 GB)  
WarnFileSize REG_DWORD 0x00042400 – 0x7C004400 0x74404400 1,950,368,768 (1.816 GB)

Can you help me to solve this please ?

Thanks

tgun
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by:GDoucette
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Hello,

I don't have that folder either.  I am going to look around.
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any ideas ?
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I hate messing around the registry.  I personally wouldn't install it anywhere else because it might mess up other settings.

I did find this:

 When you deploy Outlook 2003, you can use the Custom Installation Wizard or Custom Maintenance Wizard from the Office Resource Kit (ORK) to determine what kind of .pst files users can create. On the wizards' Change Office User Settings page, look for the PST Settings options under Microsoft Office Outlook 2003/Miscellaneous. You can set values for "Default location for .pst files" and "Preferred PST Mode (Unicode/ANSI)." A Unicode .pst file is the new type supported in Outlook 2003; ANSI refers to the older type that's limited to 2GB. Setting the Preferred PST Mode adds a string registry value named NewPSTFormat to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook subkey. NewPSTFormat can have the following values:

Prefer Unicode PST: 0 (default)
Prefer ANSI PST: 1
Enforce Unicode PST: 2
Enforce ANSI PST: 3

By using a value of 2 or 3, you can restrict all new .pst files to either the old format or the new format.

The corresponding set of policies listed in Group Policy Editor (GPE) under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Microsoft Office Outlook 2003\Miscellaneous\PST Settings goes one step further than the ORK tools and provides a way to limit the growth of both old and new .pst files without totally restricting their use. A bit inconsistently, the policies use the term "Large PST" for the Unicode format and "Legacy PST" for the older ANSI format, but for each .pst format, you can set an absolute maximum size and a separate "Size to disable adding new content." The default maximum size for a Unicode .pst file is about 20MB.

With this array of policies and registry settings, Outlook--particularly Outlook 2003--lets you control end users' access to .pst files, set .pst file size limits, control the type of .pst files Outlook 2003 users can create, prohibit the use of new .pst files, and even suppress the menu command for opening an existing .pst file.
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