outlook pst alternative

my company is going to do away with outlook pst files. this will be a REAL problem for many of the users.
is there an alternative to a pst file for outlook? so something that does about the same thing on it is not a pst?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Natively? No.
You would have to look at a third party utility, such as GFI Mail Archiver, which sits on top of SQL Server. Another option would be Exchange 2010 with archiving, or simply creating second accounts for the users, and then granting Full Mailbox permissions and storing the content in there.

Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
If you are using Exchange 2010 SP1 or higher you can implement Archive Mailboxes for your users. Also we use a product by Symantec called "Enterprise Vault". Which in my opinion is one of the best products out there to make archiving seamless to your end user.

Archiving Mailbox - http://exchangeserverpro.com/exchange-2010-archiving/

Enterprise Vault - http://www.symantec.com/en/ca/enterprise-vault

Enterprise Vault works with Exchange 2003 and up. Archiving Mailbox is 2010 SP1 and up.


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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Jeff,
If you have an Exchange server, you can go to OST files rather than PST files. An OST file (Offline Outlook Data File) is a replica of what's on the Exchange server and, to use your language, "does about the same thing" as the PST file. But that said, what is your company's objection to the PST files? In other words, why does your company want to do away with PST files? Depending on the answer to that, they may not like OST files any better. The real answer may be an entirely different email/contacts/calendar solution. Regards, Joe
JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thank you
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome.
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