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Outlook 2007 automatically creating Backup Profiles

Posted on 2011-02-18
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A half a year ago we updated our mail server and clients to 2007 from 2003, and now we have found out that Outlook have created many backup profiles called Backup of profil1, Backup of profile 2, and so on.

Why does this occure?
I'm not the script guy at work, but as far as I can tell, I can't see any scripts creating an Outlook Profile.
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Question by:randersts
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
ID: 34924462
to find out what is creating the profiles, i suggest you to make the folder READONLY where the profiles are being created and check the eventviewer for the errors
There are many possible things which created the backup of profiles ( may be 3rd party software, inbuild windows software, group policy, registry settings)
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
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Find the .PRF file and check its content. (PRF file is created by running outlook.exe /setup) which opens up Office Customisation Tool (OCT)
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by:Raheman M. Abdul
ID: 34924552
Check the following line: in the .PRF file
BackupProfile=No

under
 **************************************************************
; Section 1 - Profile Defaults
; **************************************************************

[General]
Custom=1
ProfileName=OutlookXP
DefaultProfile=Yes
BackupProfile=No
OverwriteProfile=No
ModifyDefaultProfileIfPresent=FALSE
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by:firojkhan
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check the PRF files as above mentioned and also check the auto archiving setting . it might also possible that auto archiving setting is archiving your mails every day as specified in settings.
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by:randersts
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I don't know if we are doing it right then, cause all I can find is .OST files.
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One of our Exchange Forefront servers had some problems. When we got that to work, it solved our problems.
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by:firojkhan
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could you please       explain what was happen on your fore front server. which was effecting the outlook OST profiles for user. ?
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by:randersts
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It was another problem, and we got it to work
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