Outlook Personal Folders Backup Tool

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    I just downloaded and installed Microsoft's Outlook Personal Folders Backup Tool for the first time today. It seems to work OK. Has anyone else had any experiences with this tool (positive or negative)? I assume that it restores properly.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA010875321033.aspx

    Thank you.
     
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  2. Jo Ann

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    I've used it in the past and it worked ok (and yes, it restored fine). However, it did have 3 limitations that were important enough for me to look elsewhere.

    1. It could not backup to a predefined schedule.
    2. The pst file backups were not compressed.
    3. It was not able to do a backup if Outlook was open.

    If those limitations are not an issue for you, then it does the job.

    JA
     
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    Haven't used it, for stand alone workstations where I'm setting up a backup, I just use Cobian or NTBackup or Comodo Backup...and I include the PST along with the other data I'm backing up (such as My Docs, etc). This way you can schedule it, compress all the backup, etc.

    With Outlook (not Outlook Express)...it's all just 1 single PST file, by default located in the C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook folder.
     
  4. Aaron Here

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    Kid7, it's not free, but you might checkout OutBack Plus. :thumb:
     
  5. Peter2150

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    I use it and it's fantastic. The girls that work for me just click a button, and all data is backed up. Don't have to close down anything.

    Another neat, thing is it gets all the settings, so if you have to install Outlook and your data on another machine, you just install outlook, and then do a restore, and your good to go.

    Pete
     
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    Ahh: good timing:
    Pete: you've got backups of the backups of the backups...:)

    I do occasionally get a bit fatigued going through my images to pull out various files and so I've decided to trial some file based back-ups as an adjunct to the regular images and I've had some recent issues with Outlook.

    Is there some specific rationale to buying OutBack @ $39.95 vs say SynbackPro @ $49.95 or going the whole hog: Genie @ $69.95 (currently 20% off ie ~$50 ) or Backup4all Professional Edition version 4 @ $49.95 currently
    ??

    Any experiences?comments accepted gratefully: ?? new thread re file backup utilities.
    regards
     
  7. Brian K

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    I backup Outlook.pst. Is that the same as your backup?
     
  8. Peter2150

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    Outback Plus, backs up all the settings, as well as the fact it can do the backup with Outlook open. Additionally it can back up any other data files you specify.
     
  9. Peter2150

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    Hi Longboard

    Yep I sure do. The reason, is both my business and all the financial records of the organization for which I am treasurer are on the computers. No paper kept, so I can not afford to lose this stuff.

    This is why I use Shadowprotects continuous incrementals. I use Ajcsoftwares Active sync to keep the two desktops on the same page. I added Outback plus when I realized for some reason the sync's weren't getting all the settings. Outback Plus does. Not critical for daily stuff, but for installs it's much better.

    Also with a sync process you have to pay close attention to what's happening. Outback plus once you've set it up it's a one button push. This is important to me as the girls that work for me are more comfortable with that the monitoring the sync process where files can change depending on what's done on the computer.

    As to the other programs you mention, don't know, as I haven't looked at them.

    Pete
     
  10. FanJ

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    PS: Eazy Backup (from the same company as Outback Plus) will also do it:
    http://ajsystems.com/eazybackup/ezb.html

    (Note: I don't have Outlook, so I don't have experience in that respect. I do use Express Assist (same company) for my Outlook Express.)
     
  11. Peter2150

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    Hi Fanj

    You know I looked at that also, but there was some key difference, and I don't fully remember what. It may have been Outlook settings stuff. But there was a key difference.

    I would say both are excellent products, but if you are doing it for Outlook, look closely at the differences.

    Pete
     
  12. Aaron Here

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    While Eazy will backup Outlook, it won't do it if Outlook is open. OutBack (with it's optional Open File Manager) can backup Outlook when it's open!

    OutBack also allows you to merge Outlook data from the backup with your current Outlook data (so that a restore won't 'lose' your latest emails, calendar entries, etc). Furthermore, with OutBack you can actually view the Outlook data in the backup without affecting your current Outlook data. None of this can be done with Eazy Backup.
     
  13. Peter2150

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    Are you using version 6 or 7. I've 6 and wonder if it is worth upgrading.
     
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    Pete, I'm still using v6. I didn't see much advantage to v7 for my use as I don't use Vista or IE8 and that's where many of the enhancements were targeted. However, since OutBack 7 also supports the immanent Win7 and Office 2010, I'll update to OutBack 7 if and when I upgrade to Win7 and Office 2010.

    You can read about the OutBack 7 enhancements here.

    Aaron
     
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    Hi Pete,

    Somehow I seem to remember a KB article in the past on the AJSystems site describing what Express Assist (or Outback Plus) can do what Eazy Backup cannot do. Alas, I don't remember me whether it was for Express Assist or for OutBack Plus :oops: I'll try later to find it. It could be that it was about multiple Profiles.
     
  18. FanJ

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    Hi Aaron,

    You could certainly well be correct on the merge and view issues !!
     
  19. FanJ

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    Hi Pete and Aaron,

    I've sent an email to Al (with link to this thread) ;)
     
  20. FanJ

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    Hi guys,

    I have already got replies from Al (hey did I mention before about the super support from AJSystems !!! :D ).

    Give me some time and I'll post back.
     
  21. FanJ

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    About OutBack Plus here and Eazy Backup here

    OK, I just got the permission from Al to quote him here.

    Question:
    What is OutBack Plus capable to do that Eazy Backup cannot do?

    Answer from Al:
    Question:
    Can Eazy Backup 4 also do:
    1. merge your backed-up outlook.pst with your current outlook.pst
    2. view the backed-up outlook.pst without restoring it.

    Answer from Al:
    With many thanks to Al for his super (!) support, super fast (!) replies, and the permission to quote. Thank You Al :)
     
  22. Peter2150

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    Thanks Fanj

    I can not attest to their support, as I've never needed it. Outback Plus was easy to figure out, and has always just worked.

    Pete
     
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