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Anonymous
June 7, 2005 3:33:38 AM

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I can't believe this is so cumbersome in Outlook/ActiveSync. The default
location for my main .pst file in Outlook 2002 (I'm using WM for PPC 2003,
ActiveSync 3.7) is in my Windows folder (Local Settings/Microsoft/etc...). I
guess that's fine, but sheesh, I'd like to maybe keep that default data file
store in a more friendly location...like My Documents.

Well, I can copy the file to where I want (with Outlook closed of course), I
can point Outlook to the new location, make it my default, remove the
"original" file, everything seems fine. Outlook sees all my data just fine.

But my very next ActiveSync is unhappy. It sees all the items in Calendar,
Contacts, Tasks and Notes as "changed", and tells me it has a problem. Would
I like to overwrite what's on the handheld with what's on the computer (I
select that one), delay synching altogether, and Combine them (I don't feel
like having thousands of duplicates, thank you). All the items synchronize
fine except for Notes (??). I can't get Notes to synch with my re-located
pst file! WTF?

I've read the MS knowledgebase articles about creating a new blank pst file,
synching with the handheld (deleting all the items on the handheld!),
importing everything, etc. then re-importing the items from the desktop.
What a hassle.

Does anyone know an easy way of simply moving my default information store
for Outlook so I can sync? Thanks.


Fr@nk
Anonymous
June 7, 2005 9:29:15 PM

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Something is fishy in the way you are changing it. I have been working with
Outlook PST files in customized places since 2000 and it has never bothered
Activesync in my computer. Sync is done just as it should.

BTW, I have changed not only the placement of the file, but also its name.

--
Helio Diamant
MS-MVP/Mobile Devices
www.pocketpcfreak.com

"Fr@nk" <Fr@nkATwizardDOT.net> wrote in message
news:by8pe.9731$%Z2.6472@lakeread08...
>I can't believe this is so cumbersome in Outlook/ActiveSync. The default
> location for my main .pst file in Outlook 2002 (I'm using WM for PPC 2003,
> ActiveSync 3.7) is in my Windows folder (Local Settings/Microsoft/etc...).
> I
> guess that's fine, but sheesh, I'd like to maybe keep that default data
> file
> store in a more friendly location...like My Documents.
>
> Well, I can copy the file to where I want (with Outlook closed of course),
> I
> can point Outlook to the new location, make it my default, remove the
> "original" file, everything seems fine. Outlook sees all my data just
> fine.
>
> But my very next ActiveSync is unhappy. It sees all the items in Calendar,
> Contacts, Tasks and Notes as "changed", and tells me it has a problem.
> Would
> I like to overwrite what's on the handheld with what's on the computer (I
> select that one), delay synching altogether, and Combine them (I don't
> feel
> like having thousands of duplicates, thank you). All the items synchronize
> fine except for Notes (??). I can't get Notes to synch with my re-located
> pst file! WTF?
>
> I've read the MS knowledgebase articles about creating a new blank pst
> file,
> synching with the handheld (deleting all the items on the handheld!),
> importing everything, etc. then re-importing the items from the desktop.
> What a hassle.
>
> Does anyone know an easy way of simply moving my default information store
> for Outlook so I can sync? Thanks.
>
>
> Fr@nk
>
>
Anonymous
June 7, 2005 10:52:10 PM

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"Helio Diamant - MS-MVP/Mobile Devices" <helio@nospam.pocketpcfreak.com>
wrote in message news:%23iDYJ12aFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Something is fishy in the way you are changing it. I have been working
with
> Outlook PST files in customized places since 2000 and it has never
bothered
> Activesync in my computer. Sync is done just as it should.
>
> BTW, I have changed not only the placement of the file, but also its name.
>
> --
> Helio Diamant
> MS-MVP/Mobile Devices
> www.pocketpcfreak.com
>

All I do is copy the entire folder the Outlook.pst file is in to my My
Documents folder. Outlook is NOT open at the time. The only contents of the
folder are "Outlook.pst" and "Extend.dat". I re-open Outlook, add a new
Personal Folders file (pointing it to the Outlook.pst in my My Documents
folder), set that as default location, and then "close" the original one.
Outlook doesn't mind at all; all the data's there (in the new file). It's
just ActiveSync that gets annoyed.

At the first ActiveSync following the file move, AS reports a few thousand
Unresolved Items in Calendar, Contacts, Notes, and Tasks. As I click
"Resolve items", it asks me if I want to A) do nothing, B) replace the
handheld records with the Desktop's records, or C) Combine them (which means
duplicating them). ActiveSync is seeing the "new" pst file as different
records altogether!

So, what's fishy about the way I moved the file (from my first paragraph)?
Should the "Extend.dat" file NOT be copied to the new location? Thanks.


Fr@nk
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Anonymous
June 8, 2005 3:50:53 AM

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I think you also need to change the delivery location. Used to be last tab
on the services page but no idea where in latest Outlook

"Helio Diamant - MS-MVP/Mobile Devices" <helio@nospam.pocketpcfreak.com>
wrote in message news:%23iDYJ12aFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> Something is fishy in the way you are changing it. I have been working
with
> Outlook PST files in customized places since 2000 and it has never
bothered
> Activesync in my computer. Sync is done just as it should.
>
> BTW, I have changed not only the placement of the file, but also its name.
>
> --
> Helio Diamant
> MS-MVP/Mobile Devices
> www.pocketpcfreak.com
>
> "Fr@nk" <Fr@nkATwizardDOT.net> wrote in message
> news:by8pe.9731$%Z2.6472@lakeread08...
> >I can't believe this is so cumbersome in Outlook/ActiveSync. The default
> > location for my main .pst file in Outlook 2002 (I'm using WM for PPC
2003,
> > ActiveSync 3.7) is in my Windows folder (Local
Settings/Microsoft/etc...).
> > I
> > guess that's fine, but sheesh, I'd like to maybe keep that default data
> > file
> > store in a more friendly location...like My Documents.
> >
> > Well, I can copy the file to where I want (with Outlook closed of
course),
> > I
> > can point Outlook to the new location, make it my default, remove the
> > "original" file, everything seems fine. Outlook sees all my data just
> > fine.
> >
> > But my very next ActiveSync is unhappy. It sees all the items in
Calendar,
> > Contacts, Tasks and Notes as "changed", and tells me it has a problem.
> > Would
> > I like to overwrite what's on the handheld with what's on the computer
(I
> > select that one), delay synching altogether, and Combine them (I don't
> > feel
> > like having thousands of duplicates, thank you). All the items
synchronize
> > fine except for Notes (??). I can't get Notes to synch with my
re-located
> > pst file! WTF?
> >
> > I've read the MS knowledgebase articles about creating a new blank pst
> > file,
> > synching with the handheld (deleting all the items on the handheld!),
> > importing everything, etc. then re-importing the items from the desktop.
> > What a hassle.
> >
> > Does anyone know an easy way of simply moving my default information
store
> > for Outlook so I can sync? Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Fr@nk
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
June 8, 2005 4:56:55 AM

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"Fr@nk" <Fr@nkATwizardDOT.net> wrote in message
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> All I do is copy the entire folder the Outlook.pst file is in to my My
> Documents folder. Outlook is NOT open at the time. The only contents of
> the
> folder are "Outlook.pst" and "Extend.dat". I re-open Outlook, add a new
> Personal Folders file (pointing it to the Outlook.pst in my My Documents
> folder), set that as default location, and then "close" the original one.
> Outlook doesn't mind at all; all the data's there (in the new file). It's
> just ActiveSync that gets annoyed.

Try this way instead:

A) Close Outlook
B) Move (not Copy) the PST to the new location.
C) Open Outlook. It will complain about the missing file, and present you
with a browse window - locate the moved file and click Open.
D) Run ActiveSync.

Good luck!

--
WH
Anonymous
June 8, 2005 4:56:56 AM

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"William Hart" <no-one@cyber-home.net> wrote in message
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>
> Try this way instead:
>
> A) Close Outlook
> B) Move (not Copy) the PST to the new location.
> C) Open Outlook. It will complain about the missing file, and present you
> with a browse window - locate the moved file and click Open.
> D) Run ActiveSync.
>
> Good luck!
>
> --
> WH
>
>

Hey, that worked! Outlook prompted me to locate the missing pst file; I
pointed it to its new location. Now at that point, Outlook for some reason
gave me another "Can't find file...Outlook can't open." message. I just
re-launched it, and it opened right up, with all my information intact! It
had successfully "redirected" my default pst location.

When I did the ActiveSync, again it complained that my Calendar, Contacts
and Tasks had "never been synchronized before" (I don't think it had a
problem with Notes--they synchronized OK??). It said I had to connect via
cable. OK, I did that, then it gave me those three choices again (overwrite
handheld records, combine desktop and handheld records, do nothing); I chose
Overwrite Handheld. It synchronized just fine, going through a few thousand
records in about a minute. Once it was done, everything was synchronized!

I did a second synch just to check, and it synchronized very very quickly
(since I hadn't changed anything).

I then synchronized (HotSync) my Palm with the same Outlook data. It
synchronized very quickly- it didn't have the "never been synchronized
before" problem that ActiveSync had.

So, success!

One last question: in my original Outlook folder there was a file called
"extend.dat" along with the default Outlook.pst. I did NOT move the
extend.dat file to my new location, and I guess it didn't matter. But do you
know what that file's about? Outlook did not create a new one in the new pst
file location.

Thanks very much for your suggestion to move; not copy the pst.


Fr@nk
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