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Old 10-22-2019, 07:01 AM   #1
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I am sort of the admin at a small business. There are 4 computers all running Outlook 2007. They currently run the .pst file remotely through Exchange but keep coming up against the 100GB limit so it has issues. All 4 computers check email periodically. I am wondering if it would theoretically be possible to use the offline cached mode and do the registry hack that allows for a larger .pst file. If I change it over to that and put the downloaded .pst file on every computer I'm wondering how that would work. In other words let's say computer 1 does most of the email checking while computers 2-4 only do a little. Would that computer 1 have a much larger .pst file than 2-4 or would it somehow populate equally through computers 2-4 as well? I know it's an unorthodox way of doing it but am not sure how else to do it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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You can compact .pst files but not .ost.
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I apologize as I worded this incorrectly. I will rephrase here with (hopefully) the correct terminology. I kept calling the offline data file a .pst and not .ost. Also, I did not realize that you cannot compact and .ost file but my other questions still stand.


I am sort of the admin at a small business. There are 4 computers all running Outlook 2007. They currently run the .pst file remotely through Exchange but keep coming up against the 100GB limit so it has issues. All 4 computers check email periodically. I am wondering if it would theoretically be possible to use the offline cached mode and do the registry hack that allows for a larger .ost file. If I change it over to that and put the newly created .ost file on every computer I'm wondering how that would work. In other words let's say computer 1 does most of the email checking while computers 2-4 only do a little. Would that computer 1 have a much larger .ost file than 2-4 or would it somehow populate equally through computers 2-4 as well? I know it's an unorthodox way of doing it but am not sure how else to do it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Any reason you have to use Exchange?
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I didn't say I had to but I was putting out there what I currently use. I'm definitely not opposed to using something else I'm just not familiar with what else is out there.
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I was thinking of just individual accounts using Outlook 2007 either POP or IMAP.
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I will look into that thank you.
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