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Specify location for Outlook PST files in Group Policy?

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Hi,
I am trying to limit the amount of user data on a pair of remote desktop servers. Some of the users have imap accounts in Outlook 2003 and I would like to change the default location of the associated PST file to a NAS drive.
Can someone tell me how this can be done?
Cheers!
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by:Neil Russell
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Do NOT put .PST files on a network share of ANYkind. This is NOT a supported microsoft configuration and is a recipie for disaster. Microsoft explicitly stat that .PST files should ONLY be used on local storage
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Michael Ian Claridge earned 500 total points
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You cannot move them, on specify a new location for them using something like the below:-

(User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Office
Outlook 2003 -> Miscellaneous -> PST Settings -> Default Location for PST
files)

Again this will only apply for newly created PST files.

BUT BEWARNED! Read the conments from Neilsr! PST and LAN do not go well and you could find yourself explaining to all your users why they are unable to open their PST files anymore. They lock and cannot be unlocked!

Cheers

MC
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by:tangerine27
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Thanks MC.
I've just realised that the GP I have used as you suggested had got a path that would not work for this RDS server..... I will amend it.
I'm not worried about the PST files as these are IMAP accounts.
Cheers,
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by:Michael Ian Claridge
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Well to be honest you should still keep them local to the client PC.
Good luck going forward though :)

All the best.

MC
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by:Neil Russell
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"I'm not worried about the PST files as these are IMAP accounts"
a) Dont tell your boss that
b) Dont tell your users that

Very very poor thing to say/do.
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by:tangerine27
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Oh really.
I could delete their PST files at any time and they would redownload the messages in under a minute.
So I'm not worried and neither is my boss or the users.
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