Outlook Tools for managing PST files in your Outlook Profile

Outlook Tools for managing PST files in your Outlook Profile

An Outlook personal folders file (.pst) is a file that is commonly used to store e-mail messages for Internet e-mail accounts (POP3/IMAP), for archiving e-mail messages from an Exchange mailbox, or for organizing e-mail messages using rules that move the messages based on some criteria. If you are managing users in a company environment you occasionally need to manage .pst files in users’ Outlook profiles. This includes, but is not limited to the following actions.

  • Add a new or existing .pst to the profile.
  • Remove a .pst file from the profile.
  • Retrieve information about .pst files in the profile.

In order to help automate these three activities related to .pst files, sample tools are now available for download and use from the Microsoft Download site. The following articles provides information about these tools - how to download them and how to use them on an Outlook client.

The following three tools can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download site.

General usage information

Any application that uses the MAPI profile being accessed by one of these tools needs to be closed before manipulating the PST services. All tools are executed from a command-prompt. Administrative privileges are not required. If you execute these tools without passing any command-line parameter, a short help topic will be displayed to show the correct usage of the available command-line parameters. These tools use extended MAPI as this is the only supported way to programmatically change MAPI profiles.

System Requirements

All tools are built for Microsoft Outlook XP and higher. Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package  required. To keep the size of the tools small, they were built without linking the MFC runtime. This means, that the installation of the “Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package” is required. The “Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package” can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center. Click one of the following links for the appropriate download.

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