Backup Outlook Express clients and/or Thurderbird clients from one location?

Posted on 2011-10-31
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Dear experts,

I am looking for ways to backup OE (several clients) from one central location (e.g. server?). I am hoping to find something that can backup OE from client PCs to the server, so that emails will be backed up to tape overnight. I want to achieve this with no/minimum user interaction (apart from asking them to leave PC on after work).

I am also looking for similar solution for Thurderbird clients too.

All OE clients are on XP and Thurderbird clients on Win7.

Hopefully a freebie but will consider paid software. Any suggestion appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:ormerodrutter
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    Accepted Solution

    You could write a batch script that copies up the OE mailbox file from the C$ share on each machine to the server. Then back up that directory. This also gives you a backup copy on the server for a quick restore.

    Depending on the windows version, you'll find the mailbox folder here:
    C:\Windows\Application Data\Outlook Express\{GUID}
    C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

    The caveat to this is if they leave their OE program open, you might not be able to read the file as the copy process won't get a "lock" required to copy the file.

    I can't speak for Thunderbird directly, but I would assume it is very similar.
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    Assisted Solution

    TBone2K's batch script idea is probably a reasonable one for both OE and TB. In TB on Win7, the typical mailbox folder is C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\<hexcode>.default\Mail\<account name>  There isn't a problem with a file lock for TB, IIRC.

    For Thunderbird, you could also choose to move the mailbox folder to the server, so all email would be stored at all times on the server rather than the local computer. To do this, simply choose Tools menu, Account Settings, Server Settings, and change the Local Directory to a server location. Close TB, move all your existing files from the old location to the new, and restart TB. Be sure to assign a different folder for each user.
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    Author Closing Comment

    At the end I found a free program called Outlook Express Backup which does the job for OE. As for TB I written a short script to copy the Profile folder to server.

    Thx for suggestions.

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