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moving .ost file to another PC

Posted on 2012-03-12
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is it possible to move outlook ost file from one PC to another? I am using a Domain account.
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by:Elmar-H
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yes, but for import you need a connection to exchange.
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No, you cannot use the same copy of the OST on another PC. BUt you can import the OST to PST and export the PST to the new System.

If you are on local LAN then you can create the same OST file on the new System by configuring the new Outlook in Cached mode.

For reference see the link,

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/move-an-outlook-data-file-from-one-computer-to-another-HA001230892.aspx
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by:abdulalikhan
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I suggest to re-create the same OST while on LAN because if you have large Mailbox then it will take time to create the complete OST file.
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by:KOP2010
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i am on the same LAN. I created the ost on another PC with the same name. However, it gives me an error message saying "The OST file is used by another account". I am using the same user account.
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by:abdulalikhan
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You dont have to create the OST with the same name. Just configure the outlook in the cached mode and all will be done automatically.
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by:awender2
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You can just rename OST to PST then port it to some other machine.
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by:KOP2010
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

none of the responses helped
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by:abdulalikhan
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You cannot move a OST from one PC to another. You have to re-create the OST file by configuring his mailbox on the new PC.
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