pst files and VPN issues

I'm looking for suggestions on how to configure .pst files for remote
users who access a network using VPN.  Due to the large size of these
files (often over a gigabyte), Outlook's performance is seriously
affected and often freezes during the archive process.  What are your
company's polices for remote users accessing .pst files and is there a
way short of saving them locally to access them without affecting
Outlook's performance?

If the .pst has to be stored and backed up locally, does anyone have
security advice for protecting .pst files with sensitive material?
Encrypted flash drive perhaps?

Basically, I'm looking for advice from people who work for large
organizations with remote users who use Outlook connecting through
VPN.  Thanks for any advice!

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2/14/2007 2:50:12 PM
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PST=BAD

For remote users use cached mode mailboxes so that you don't have to back up 
the PST local to the desktop, rather you just backup the mailbox on the 
server.

The protection/encryption question is totally separate.  Look at using a 
full drive encryption solution.  I wouldn't bother trying to get the data 
onto a flash drive though if it's already over 1GB.

Also, stop requiring VPN just for Outlook.  Implement RPC/HTTPS and you'll 
greatly simplify things for both the users and IT.

<roark76@hotmail.com> wrote in message 
news:1171464611.394568.264800@q2g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I'm looking for suggestions on how to configure .pst files for remote
> users who access a network using VPN.  Due to the large size of these
> files (often over a gigabyte), Outlook's performance is seriously
> affected and often freezes during the archive process.  What are your
> company's polices for remote users accessing .pst files and is there a
> way short of saving them locally to access them without affecting
> Outlook's performance?
>
> If the .pst has to be stored and backed up locally, does anyone have
> security advice for protecting .pst files with sensitive material?
> Encrypted flash drive perhaps?
>
> Basically, I'm looking for advice from people who work for large
> organizations with remote users who use Outlook connecting through
> VPN.  Thanks for any advice!
> 


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awebb7472 (650)
2/14/2007 3:01:03 PM
On Feb 14, 10:01 am, "andy webb" <a...@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote:
> PST=BAD
>
> For remote users use cached mode mailboxes so that you don't have to back up
> the PST local to the desktop, rather you just backup the mailbox on the
> server.


The mailboxes are just too large, so that's why pst's are being
used.


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roark76 (3)
2/14/2007 4:13:43 PM
Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at 
spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server and 
implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  PST files are never 
good to use over a WAN connection or even to store your viable outlook data.

-- 
John Oliver, Jr
MCSE, MCT, CCNA
Exchange MVP 2007
Microsoft Certified Partner

<roark76@hotmail.com> wrote in message 
news:1171469623.774132.176140@q2g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 14, 10:01 am, "andy webb" <a...@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote:
>> PST=BAD
>>
>> For remote users use cached mode mailboxes so that you don't have to back 
>> up
>> the PST local to the desktop, rather you just backup the mailbox on the
>> server.
>
>
> The mailboxes are just too large, so that's why pst's are being
> used.
>
> 


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jcoliverjr (1013)
2/14/2007 4:35:23 PM
John Oliver, Jr. [MVP] wrote:
> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at 
> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server and 
> implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  PST files are never 
> good to use over a WAN connection or even to store your viable outlook data.
> 
Even more so when pst sizes start approaching 2gb in file size.
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jason.meyer (105)
2/14/2007 5:31:29 PM
Good point.

-- 
John Oliver, Jr
MCSE, MCT, CCNA
Exchange MVP 2007
Microsoft Certified Partner

"Jason Meyer" <jason.meyer@nospam.isd623.org> wrote in message 
news:%23JWV33FUHHA.5060@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
> John Oliver, Jr. [MVP] wrote:
>> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at 
>> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server 
>> and implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  PST files are 
>> never good to use over a WAN connection or even to store your viable 
>> outlook data.
>>
> Even more so when pst sizes start approaching 2gb in file size. 


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jcoliverjr (1013)
2/14/2007 6:10:04 PM
And since using PSTs over a network connection instead of local has been 
unsupported since Exchange 4.0 or 5.,0.

Ray

"John Oliver, Jr. [MVP]" <jcoliverjr@hotmail.com> wrote in message 
news:%23iN5bNGUHHA.1212@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> Good point.
>
> -- 
> John Oliver, Jr
> MCSE, MCT, CCNA
> Exchange MVP 2007
> Microsoft Certified Partner
>
> "Jason Meyer" <jason.meyer@nospam.isd623.org> wrote in message 
> news:%23JWV33FUHHA.5060@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
>> John Oliver, Jr. [MVP] wrote:
>>> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at 
>>> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server 
>>> and implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  PST files are 
>>> never good to use over a WAN connection or even to store your viable 
>>> outlook data.
>>>
>> Even more so when pst sizes start approaching 2gb in file size.
>
> 


0
2/14/2007 6:37:41 PM
On Feb 14, 11:35 am, "John Oliver, Jr. [MVP]" <jcolive...@hotmail.com>
wrote:
> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at
> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server and
> implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  

I'm not in the position to make that call unfortunately.  Any second
best alternatives?  :-)

Thanks for all of the advice so far.

-Eric

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roark76 (3)
2/14/2007 7:23:11 PM
OWA?

<roark76@hotmail.com> wrote in message 
news:1171480991.501672.255730@s48g2000cws.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 14, 11:35 am, "John Oliver, Jr. [MVP]" <jcolive...@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at
>> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server 
>> and
>> implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.
>
> I'm not in the position to make that call unfortunately.  Any second
> best alternatives?  :-)
>
> Thanks for all of the advice so far.
>
> -Eric
> 


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awebb7472 (650)
2/14/2007 8:03:23 PM
"andy webb" <awebb@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote:

>PST=BAD

I thought PST=E-V-I-L

-- 
Rich Matheisen
MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
MS Exchange FAQ at http://www.swinc.com/resource/exch_faq.htm
Don't send mail to this address mailto:h.pott@getronics.com
Or to these, either: mailto:h.pott@pinkroccade.com mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@getronics.com mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@pinkroccade.com
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richnews (7316)
2/15/2007 2:53:17 AM
to-may-toe, to-mah-toe

"Rich Matheisen [MVP]" <richnews@rmcons.com.NOSPAM.COM> wrote in message 
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> "andy webb" <awebb@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote:
>
>>PST=BAD
>
> I thought PST=E-V-I-L
>
> -- 
> Rich Matheisen
> MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
> MS Exchange FAQ at http://www.swinc.com/resource/exch_faq.htm
> Don't send mail to this address mailto:h.pott@getronics.com
> Or to these, either: mailto:h.pott@pinkroccade.com 
> mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@getronics.com 
> mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@pinkroccade.com 


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awebb7472 (650)
2/15/2007 4:50:23 AM
roark76@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Feb 14, 11:35 am, "John Oliver, Jr. [MVP]" <jcolive...@hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Gigabyte mailbox is not uncommon now a days.  I would seriously look at
>> spending the money to increase your disk space on your Exchange Server and
>> implementing RPC over HTTPs with Cached Mode Outlook.  
> 
> I'm not in the position to make that call unfortunately.  Any second
> best alternatives?  :-)
> 
> Thanks for all of the advice so far.
> 
> -Eric
> 
Well you can put it this way....

We can do what you what you ask and use PST files, but its going to be 
slow as the size of the file increases. Also there is a 2gb limit on the 
file size, but from my reading pst files can corrupt rather easily as 
they approach this file size. So you'd have to create another pst to 
store new mail in and that is just going to slow down things even more. 
What I propose, and again from my reading and the advice of several 
other exchange admins in MS'es newsgroups,  is to increase disk storage 
and configure Outlook to use HTTPS to connect to the server in what is 
called Cached Mode. This will speed things up dramatically and there 
will be no danger of psts corrupting as they won't be in use since we 
will have plenty of room on the server to store all your mail.
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jason.meyer (105)
2/15/2007 3:09:03 PM
PST=SUX

-- 
Ed Crowley
MVP - Exchange
"Protecting the world from PSTs and brick backups!"

"andy webb" <awebb@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote in message 
news:uIRkKzLUHHA.1036@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
> to-may-toe, to-mah-toe
>
> "Rich Matheisen [MVP]" <richnews@rmcons.com.NOSPAM.COM> wrote in message 
> news:9oi7t2l2uaadpuhb8v6n413p6cchfcnovb@4ax.com...
>> "andy webb" <awebb@swinc.com.spamsucks.com> wrote:
>>
>>>PST=BAD
>>
>> I thought PST=E-V-I-L
>>
>> -- 
>> Rich Matheisen
>> MCSE+I, Exchange MVP
>> MS Exchange FAQ at http://www.swinc.com/resource/exch_faq.htm
>> Don't send mail to this address mailto:h.pott@getronics.com
>> Or to these, either: mailto:h.pott@pinkroccade.com 
>> mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@getronics.com 
>> mailto:melvin.mcphucknuckle@pinkroccade.com
>
> 


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2/15/2007 9:38:11 PM
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