Backing up and synchronizing AutoArchive PST files

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Keith, Jul 17, 2006.

  1. Keith

    Keith Guest

    I am looking for best practices regarding archiving of Exchange Email and
    ensuring the Archive file(s) get backed up on the SBS server.

    Specifically, if one uses the default file location in the AutoArchive
    wizard, the file is maintained on the local disk in the user profile area.
    However, this means it doesn't get backed up.

    I attempted to put the archive file in the "My documents" (which is
    redirected on the server) so it could be backed up. But if the user computer
    is a laptop and is synchronizing offline file, one gets a synchronization
    error. The PST file can't be synchronized (similar error if you attempt to
    synchronize Access database files).

    Is there a simple and reasonable method to get the PST files backed up? Or
    a better way to archive old and/or very large emails?
     
    Keith, Jul 17, 2006
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  2. Best Practices? I don't know if what I do is BEST but it's simple...

    Archive is Placed on the server
    Pro's Backed up with the SBS)\
    Con's Laptops will get error on starting Outlook, when they are disconnected
    and have no access to it.

    Where Do I put it?
    Each user has Personal Space in the server
    \\Server\Users\LoginID\My Documents

    However Even though a user has Read/Write access to
    \\Server\Users\LoginID\
    This Folder is not Synced to the pc (Only the \\Server\Users\LoginID\My
    Documents Directory)

    My proposal,
    In Login Script put.
    if not exist m:\nul net use m: "\\server\Users\%username%"

    The M: drive (I call it My Drive)
    Gives access to the server where they can put things that are NOT in the My
    Document folder,
    but still personal and on the server. and of course not on thier PC..

    Then set the Archive to arcive on M:\Archive.pst (Or what ever you want to
    name it.)

    I really wish the Syncronize feature of Offline files would allow you to
    ignore database files.
    (Like check box to ignore errors from now on.)

    Anyway I hope this helps...

    Russ


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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
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    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  3. Keith

    kj Guest

    PST's over the network are unsupported and more importantly lead to archive
    corruption. To read about why, follow this link.
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=297019

    If you schedule a workstation job to either ntbackup the archive pst's or a
    nightly robocopy you can have a backup copy and still operate in your
    present configuration.
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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  4. I guess I've been lucky, thanks for the tip

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  5. Keith

    kj Guest

    I've had a lot of clients equally lucky. It seems with a rock solid network,
    server, and workstation, it works pretty well. But if any one gets
    "temperamental", a few gigs of pst can turn to muck in the blink of an eye.

    Exchange sp2 really alleviates the problem, although personally, I still
    create "annual" read only pst files and burn off to a dvd.
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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  6. Another reason why we are lucky because they are "ARCHIVE"
    and hardly ever used.

    Good thing we do backups huh! ;)

    Russ



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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  7. Keith

    kj Guest

    I don't use them any where near the default (14days), and still trying to
    figure out how to do Vista's backup with the same concept.
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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  8. Vista, Laugh

    I was one of the lucky ones who downloaded it the beta
    but didn't get a key.

    I thought it was going to be emailed to me or something Laugh...

    Russ

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  9. Keith

    kj Guest

    Yeah, I had all sorts of issues with that proceess too.

    I thought July action pack was suppose to have a "customer preview" copy.

    Lots of glitz.
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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  10. Speaking of Action pack, I haven't got my Quarterly update?
    Hmmm....

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  11. Keith

    kj Guest

    Me either. Expected it late last week.

    --
    /kj
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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  12. I seem to remember being advised such would be delayed. Something about
    delaying the release so that it could include some obscure recently released
    product.

    My memory's really lousy though, don't take it as gospel.
     
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jul 17, 2006
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  13. Praise the Lord, Gumby has Spoken...
    Just kidding ;)

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    Russell Grover
    SBITS.Biz
    Enterprise Solutions for Small Business
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    Portland/Beaverton Oregon USA
    Support @ SBITS.Biz
    http://www.SBITS.Biz


     
    Russ SBITS.Biz \(MCP SBS\), Jul 17, 2006
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  14. Keith

    kj Guest

    Really! That would be a pleasant surprise!!!

    --
    /kj
     
    kj, Jul 17, 2006
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