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Outlook OST and roaming profiles :-( RRS feed

  • Question

  • OK, my predecessor for whatever reason redirected all my users Outlook 2007 OST files to a server share, rather than keeping them local.  We all know this isn't a good idea.  I've went ahead and changed the ForceOSTPath back to the %userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook, but since everyone is using roaming profiles here, does that mean when they log out and back in, their OST file will have to be recreated every time?  If so, is there a better way to have the OST file on the local computer, keep my roaming profiles, and not have it have to recreate the OST file every day when they log back in?
    Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3:14 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    You can use the following Office Group Policy template to configure OST settings. Load Outlook policies, find "PST Settings". For more information, please refer to the following articles.

    Administrators can use Office policy templates with the Group Policy settings of Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826170

    You cannot specify a separate folder to store the .ost file when you use the ForcePSTPath value in Outlook 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896591

    Also, this forum is for Windows Group Policy, if you have more questions about Office Group Policy, it’s suggested to submit new post in Office Newsgroup, they are the best resource for this kind of issue. For your reference:

    Office Discussion Groups
    http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/flyoutoverview.mspx

    Thanks.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 10:28 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

    You can use the following Office Group Policy template to configure OST settings. Load Outlook policies, find "PST Settings". For more information, please refer to the following articles.

    Administrators can use Office policy templates with the Group Policy settings of Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826170

    You cannot specify a separate folder to store the .ost file when you use the ForcePSTPath value in Outlook 2003
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896591

    Also, this forum is for Windows Group Policy, if you have more questions about Office Group Policy, it’s suggested to submit new post in Office Newsgroup, they are the best resource for this kind of issue. For your reference:

    Office Discussion Groups
    http://www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us/flyoutoverview.mspx

    Thanks.

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Wednesday, May 13, 2009 10:28 AM
    Moderator
  • As you are working with roaming profile then either use Outlook Anywhere or OWA account to access your Exchange Mailbox. But if you will try to access your account using VPN via Outlook then it is will create an OST file.

    As per your requirement, while you use roaming profile then go to settings and uncheck the "Cached Exchange Mode". By doing this the .OST file wont be created at your end and you will get Exchange mailbox view only. And next time when you again want to download your data into Outlook email client then you must check the option "Cached Exchange Mode" otherwise your OST file will become orphaned.

    (Condition: use the same Exchange & Outlook account settings & do not create another OST file, because it will lead to data corruption in previous OST file)

     

    Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:31 AM