Connector for Outlook: Revisiting the Location of the PST Cache

The Personal Folder file (.pst / PST) is the place where Outlook stores its data, including folders, calendar, and contact information. The Sun Java System Connector for Outlook uses this file (and there might be several) as its cache. The location of this cache varies depending on your version of Windows. Win2k stores it in a different location than WinXP. To locate your .pst file, use the "Advanced" tab of the Connector for Microsoft Outlook properties dialog.

The default location for this cache on WinXP is:

C:\\Documents and Settings\\USERNAME\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Sun\\Outlook Connector

In some deployments, for example, where roaming users are not attached to a particular machine, this default location is not particularly convenient.

To change the location of the PST cache, you can use the /ALTPSTDIR parameter when creating a new profile. The /ALTPSTDIR parameter can take system variables, for example, /ALTPSTDIR="%APPDATA%\\OC". Note the use of doubles quotes.

But what about those situations where you've already created the profile? Turns out there is a workaround.

To change the PST cache location for an existing profile, use one of the following methods:

  1. Delete the existing profile and recreate the profile package with command-line parameter /ALTPSTDIR="dir".
  2. Rename the profile name by using the Connector for Outlook Administration GUI, then recreate the package and run this with the command-line parameter.
Hat tip to Arnaud Q. and Amit S.
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