OL98: (CW) Managing a PST for Two Different Computers

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NOTE: These procedures only apply if you have installed Outlook with the Corporate Workgroup/Other option. This option allows you to use Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) services. To determine your installation type, on the Help Menu click About Microsoft Outlook. In About Microsoft Outlook you should see "Corporate" if you have the Corporate Workgroup installation.
Microsoft Outlook 98 does not provide for automatically synchronizing aPersonal Folder file (.pst) between two different computers. Thisarticle suggests three workarounds.
There are three workarounds to synchronize a Personal Folder file (.pst)between two different computers.

  • Use an Off-line Store (.ost) File

  • Copy the Personal Folder (.pst) File

  • Copy only the Calendar, Contacts and Task Folders

Use an Off-line Store (.ost) File

If you are running Microsoft Exchange Server as your mail service, thebest way to synchronize data between two computers is to use an Off-lineStore (.ost) file. This allows for automatic synchronization betweenthe data stored on the server and each computer using the server store.

For more information on using an off-line store, please see the followingarticle in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article-ID: 182158
Title : OL98: What Are Offline Folders and How Do You Use Them?

Copy the Personal Folder (.pst) File

You can use a Personal Folder (.pst) file and copy it from one computer toanother. An issue with this technique is that a .pst file can becomevery large and may be too large to copy to a disk. In this event, youcan use Windows Backup or another backup utility with the ability to writea file over multiple disks.

NOTE: When you can use the Briefcase utility included with Windows 95 to to synchronize the two computers, the .pst file is less than 1.44 megabytes (MB) in size. The Briefcase utility included with Windows 98 does not have this size limitation.

For more information on the Briefcase utility, please see thefollowing articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 142574
TITLE : How to Install and Use Briefcase

ARTICLE-ID: 130076
TITLE : Briefcase Cannot Contain More Than 1.44 MB

Copy Only the Calendar, Contacts and Task Folders

A large .pst file is usually the result of e-mail stored in the Inbox,Deleted Items, and other mail store folders. You can share only yourCalendar, Contacts, and Tasks, without sharing your mail folders by usingthe following procedure:

NOTE: Perform these steps on both computers intended to share the .pst information.

Define a Second .pst File

  1. On the Tools menu, click Services, click Add, and then click Personal Folders and click OK.
  2. Type a unique name for the new .pst file such as, Shared.pst, and then click Open. Type a display name for the Personal Folder, such as, Shared Folders and click OK, and OK.
  3. Quit Outlook.

Copy Your Calendar, Contact, and Task Items to the New Folders

  1. Start Outlook.
  2. Right-click your old Calendar folder, and then click Copy Calendar.
  3. In the Copy Folder dialog box, click your Shared Folders, and then click OK.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 above for both your Contacts and Tasks folders.
You should now have Calendar, Contact, and Task folders in your new SharedFolders file.

IMPORTANT: Verify these new folders contain all the items in the oldfolders before you continue.

Remove the Contents of Your Old Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks Folders

  1. Click your old Calendar folder and in the Current View window, click Active Appointments.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Select All. Right-click the selected items and click Delete.
  3. Repeat these steps for both your Contacts and Tasks folders.
You should now have mail still being delivered to your original PersonalFolder set while Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks are in your new SharedFolder set. This new Shared Folder set (Shared.pst) should be small enoughto be conveniently copied to disk for transport between computers.
For information on Exporting .pst files, please see the following article inthe Microsoft Knowledge Base:
ARTICLE-ID: 182062
TITLE : OL98: Working With Personal Folders

Article ID: 179735 - Last Review: 10/07/2013 17:41:15 - Revision: 1.1

Microsoft Outlook 98 Standard Edition

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