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How to retrieve mail from *.ost file?

AstroGuardian

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Anyone has an idea? I have the *.ost file available. However the Exchange server does not exist or the Domain Controller. I have a workstation PC with a working domain profile and the OST file. I log into windows with the domain user profile.

So can i extract mail from this situation?

Thanks,
 

Markbnj

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Probably not. It's likely that only the headers are local, and the mail bodies are downloaded from the Exchange server on demand.
 

AstroGuardian

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No, the mail bodies are local also. I have heard about software which converts OST to PST. But can't remember about any of those...
 

jonmcc33

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The .OST file is the Outlook cached Exchange file. It's a giant pile of crap and creates more problems then it supposedly fixes. No, you cannot "open" it from Outlook at all. It's quite worthless. What you wanted was a .PST file.
 

redbeard1

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I have seen this situation before. In some cases you can run Outlook on the computer, put up with some error messages and long delays, and then export everything to a backup .pst. It works most of the time.
 

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