Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Oct 2009 19:28 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft Anyone who has ever dealt with Microsoft Outlook will know the .pst file format - it's the binary, undocumented file in which all data from Outlook is stored - emails, contacts, calendar, you name it, it's in there. Microsoft has announced that it will release detailed technical documentation on the Outlook .pst data format.
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Nice
by CrLf on Mon 26th Oct 2009 21:15 UTC
CrLf
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2006-01-03

Having public specifications for the ".pst" format, or more accurately, having open tools to parse ".pst" files would be a blessing for many sysadmins.

PSTs are a headache. Not only they continuously increase in size (because users never "compact" and the automatic compacting seems to be a myth) and numbers, but they change just by opening them, which does wonders for the backup systems.

Pain in the neck they are.

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RE: Nice - I've seen bigfoot
by jabbotts on Tue 27th Oct 2009 18:52 in reply to "Nice"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I spent some time last week moving past year's email into PST files on a user's machine. They retain access to older email and I don't have to store it on the server. The user also doesn't have to sit through long resync times for that multiple-gig sized data blob.

In this case, I was watching the targeted PST file size go down to get an idea of when I could come back to compact the next in line. I noticed the size of other PST files was decreasing as well.

This seemed most prevalent when compacting a file or during the pause at it's end and my return. When Outlook was sitting unattended without a options box open, I didn't see any file size decrease. I can't confirm what the event trigger is to cause Outlook's automagic compacting. I have seen Outlook compacting files other than the one specified though.

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