RE: OT: Reading archived PST files

  • From: "John Tolmachoff \(Lists\)" <johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 11:48:49 -0700

> The only way to access a PST that I'm aware of is via the provided hooks.
> Typically, this is the Outlook Object Model.
> You can write an app that would do this (scan a directory and for each
> and for each .PST found, attach to it, open it, get an index of all
> and folders found, loop through each one to search for particular criteria
> and report back if found).  Not terribly complex, but seems a little
> inefficient.  A database of the information would be much more efficient.
> Maybe a variation of crawling the PSTs and putting that information in a
> for later search and index would work too.

Well, the manager at the client likes to dable in VB, so I will pass this on
to him.

> FWIW, this is what I'd term a "poor man's" retention/compliance solution.
> It's not what you're intending it for, but it's common in that arena.
> that do what you're asking for often are found in that domain (such as

That is kind of what I thought. Thanks.

John Tolmachoff
eServices For You

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