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Outlook - Changing the Path to the Archive File Not Staying Permanently

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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I noticed that are computers were set up with the archive file located on each user's C drive -- a problem if their hd ever crashes.  I did the following, but it seems that after a couple of weeks, the archive setting returns to pointing toward their C drive again.  Has anyone ever run into this?  Could a group policy on the server do this?  (Note:  We use Outlook 2003 in Win XP and run a Win SBS 2003 server).

- Note where the archive file is (was in its standard location) and close it.
- Move it to the server.
- Change the settings in Outlook at Tools:Options:Other:AutoArchive under "Move old items to" to the location on the server (Browse and doubleclicked on the file to be most accurate).
- Click "Apply these settings to all folders now" and then Click OK.
- Open the file in its new location by going to File:Open:Outlook Data File.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.
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You do know PST files are not supported across the network? Not trying to preach here, but trying to make sure you are informed....

Limits to using personal folders (.pst) files over LAN and WAN links

Roaming profiles by any chance? Folder Redirection going on?


No, actually, I don't; I'm a novice.  Just read the article.  We implemented this because it seems to me to be a serious security issue for an archive file to be on a local PC.  We archive because in our business we have a lot of large attachments.  So, how would you solve this problem because currently, if someone's hard drive crashes, they loses all their archive email.
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Actually, we have an Exchange Server; however, I have set limits on how big they can get.  Archiving was our way to remove some of the space from the Exchange server disk.  Will look into the backup option.


Your add-in worked, thanks.  And especially thanks for the heads up with the article showing how placing a pst on a network drive greatly increases nw traffic.
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