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Hi,
A small business has several PC on a LAN. Each employee uses Outlook 2003 for email. At night a batch file xcopies Desktop, My Docs and the PST file to mapped drive on the LAN. Periodically I check the backup location for current files to verify operation. Occasionally the PST file for Outlook does not exist there. It was there before, and I figured if the backup failed for some reason I would simply find an out of date PST file, not a disappeared PST file. Without fail I run the backup manually and the PST is moved back to the backup location just like it is designed to. Does anyone have any idea what is happening here?
Thanks in advance!
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If employees leave Outlook open, backup will fail. Looks like that's what you're seeing.
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Kechka, That is exactly what I am seeing here. Thanks for the answer.
 
Instead of using NTBackup, I think I will simply add a line to the batch file to rename the existing backup PST file to something other than the realtime file prior to running XCOPY. That way if there is a problem accessing the current PST, the existing backup will not be deleted. Seems much simpler in this case. The backup runs at night so time is not of the essence.
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