Backup/restore categories assigned to each message

My company uses Exchange Server 2013 and the clients have Outlook 2010 installed. I use categories meticulously, and got to thinking the other day about disaster recovery. I could always get the messages themselves back if I had to reinstall Windows or move to another machine, but I would lose all the manual category assignments. What methods are out there for migrating these details, or are you just stuck imaging the hdd regularly? Just to be clear, I don't mean how to backup the list of custom defined categories, but how to reapply all of those to each Outlook item just as they were?
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If you are using Exchange 2010, and Outlook 2010, its pretty simple.

Since outlook 2007 MS has moved away from storing the category information in the Registry

This is now all stored in the Users Exchange Mailbox/PST file.

So a backup of your User Profile/PST on the local machine, this should include your custom categories.

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K_DeutschAuthor Commented:
Cool. Tested successfully. Thanks.
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