how to automatically backup outlook 2003

I have a remote online backup program on my computer called Connected.  I want it to back my outlook .pst file every night.  If outlook is closed at the end of each day, does the outlook.pst file that is stored in the .............. have all of your emails in it.  Or would you need to manually back it up.  I have read different things about this.  I also know there is .ost file for offline storage files and an archive .pst.  I am assuming that if I backup the entire folder online each night, in case of theft or a failure I would be able get the .pst file from the online backup site and would not lose a thing.  
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bruintjeCommented:
Hello americanmobile,

1.  If outlook is closed at the end of each day, does the outlook.pst file that is stored in the .............. have all of your emails in it
yes

2. I also know there is .ost file for offline storage files and an archive .pst
those are secular and important if you need to have a your mail history for personal or business purposes

3. I would be able get the .pst file from the online backup site and would not lose a thing
Then you will need to backup your outlook.pst, backup.pst and eventually your ost file each night, only the first 2 are necessary to be able to have all your mail at hand

hope this helps a bit
bruintje
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americanmobileAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  One more question.  If I chose to do a manual backup of a .pst file to say 'my documents' and name it manualbackup4/25/2006.pst, does outlook still store everything in the outlook.pst file in documents and settings/local settings/microsoft/outlook.......?  

Also, if the program is not closed, the file will not be uploaded I am assuming right?
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bruintjeCommented:
if you manually copy the file, only closed indeed i tried that to copy here but it wouldn't let me
at that point when copied it will contain the data within outlook for that moment, the backup.pst is a seperate file
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David LeeCommented:
Greetings, americanmobile.

You might want to consider Microsoft's PST backup tool.  It'd do the work of copying your PST(s) where they could be caught by your backup program.  Here's a link to it:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=8b081f3a-b7d0-4b16-b8af-5a6322f4fd01&DisplayLang=en

Cheers!
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