Outlook 2007: Export Account Settings

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ChrisInNewYork

I use and love Outlook. However, I may be what is considered a "power user",

and I own my own mail server and domain. Lets call the domain "mydomain.com".

I dislike spam. Because I own my own domain and mail server, I generate a

unique, random email address for each specific use. Every web site, every

bank account, every contact I have generated a unique email address on my

server. I only use each address for one specific purpose. That way if I

ever get spam, I know which entity leaked my email address, and I only have

to change one address/web site account instead of all of them.

Over time, I have accumulated about 150 email accounts, each serving a

unique purpose. Outlook 2007, with a single PST file, is configured to pull

from all 150 email accounts on my local email server.

I need a way to export my account settings in case I ever need to reinstall.

I've read in other threads this is not available, and this seems quite

unfortunate for an otherwise very good program. Regenerating passwords for

150 mail accounts should I happen to lose my Outlook account settings is not

acceptable. Re entering 150 mail accounts into outlook account settings is

not acceptable. Saying that I'm unique and most people don't do this, well,

that may be true, but that isn't acceptable either. There NEEDS to be a way

to export the Outlook 2007 account settings. So please, Microsoft, get to

work on it. Thanks. :)
 
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Roady [MVP]

Why are you creating separate accounts and not simply add an alias to a

single mailbox?

The end result would be that you would have only 1 account to configure and

Outlook would be running much smoother.

Anyway, to fully backup all your account settings, I would recommend using a

3rd party backup application such as ABF Outlook Backup. I've tested this

application and it worked even when going cross Outlook versions and cross

Windows versions. That means that it was for instance no problem to backup a

configuration of Outlook 2003 on Windows XP and restore it to a computer

running Windows Vista or Windows 7 with Outlook 2007.

For more information about this add-in see;

http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup

If you decide to order, use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.

For other backup solutions see;

http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup

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"ChrisInNewYork" <ChrisInNewYork> wrote in message

news:0AE00A84-3D92-4921-8608-A218FCB00AD7@microsoft.com...
> I use and love Outlook. However, I may be what is considered a "power
> user",
> and I own my own mail server and domain. Lets call the domain
> "mydomain.com".

> I dislike spam. Because I own my own domain and mail server, I generate
> a
> unique, random email address for each specific use. Every web site,
> every
> bank account, every contact I have generated a unique email address on my
> server. I only use each address for one specific purpose. That way if
> I
> ever get spam, I know which entity leaked my email address, and I only
> have
> to change one address/web site account instead of all of them.

> Over time, I have accumulated about 150 email accounts, each serving a
> unique purpose. Outlook 2007, with a single PST file, is configured to
> pull
> from all 150 email accounts on my local email server.

> I need a way to export my account settings in case I ever need to
> reinstall.
> I've read in other threads this is not available, and this seems quite
> unfortunate for an otherwise very good program. Regenerating passwords
> for
> 150 mail accounts should I happen to lose my Outlook account settings is
> not
> acceptable. Re entering 150 mail accounts into outlook account settings
> is
> not acceptable. Saying that I'm unique and most people don't do this,
> well,
> that may be true, but that isn't acceptable either. There NEEDS to be a
> way
> to export the Outlook 2007 account settings. So please, Microsoft, get
> to
> work on it. Thanks. :)
 
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ChrisInNewYork

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> Why are you creating separate accounts and not simply add an alias to a
> single mailbox?


Because many of the mail accounts I have involve two way communications. I

have to send out responses or initiate emails from the address in question.

If used an alias, the responses would come from the alias address, revealing

that address to the external party, which is precisely what I do not want to

do. The only address web site X ever sees is the one unique specific address

I generated for them. They never see anything else. Therefore it's easy to

get rid of if I ever get spam on it - and it's secure in that it can't be

used for any of my other accounts because they have their own unique random

email addresses (12-20 random alphanumeric chars@mydomain.com)


> Anyway, to fully backup all your account settings, I would recommend using a
> 3rd party backup application such as ABF Outlook Backup. I've tested this
> application and it worked even when going cross Outlook versions and cross
> Windows versions. That means that it was for instance no problem to backup a
> configuration of Outlook 2003 on Windows XP and restore it to a computer
> running Windows Vista or Windows 7 with Outlook 2007.

> For more information about this add-in see;
> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> If you decide to order, use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.


Given no other options, I will probably buy this commercial product.

But that does not mitigate the fact that Microsoft is pretty negligent in

not allowing an export of this data to a file. Make it an encrypted, MSFT

only file. Or put it in the pst. Don't stick it in some obscure registry

key and call it "security" because it's obscure. That's just inane.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm still quite unhappy that Microsoft makes

Outlook so good in some ways and so bad in others.
 
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Leonid S. Knyshov // SBS Expert

On 3/22/2010 9:09 PM, ChrisInNewYork wrote:
> Given no other options, I will probably buy this commercial product.

> But that does not mitigate the fact that Microsoft is pretty negligent in
> not allowing an export of this data to a file. Make it an encrypted, MSFT
> only file. Or put it in the pst. Don't stick it in some obscure registry
> key and call it "security" because it's obscure. That's just inane.

> Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm still quite unhappy that Microsoft makes
> Outlook so good in some ways and so bad in others.


All that stuff is in fact actually in an obscure registry key. :)

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Messaging Subsystem\Profiles]

Whatever you do, at least back it up.

from command prompt, type

reg export hkcu "%userprofile%\hkcu.reg"

Leonid S. Knyshov

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Roady [MVP]

Only backing up that registry is completely useless. It is also quite

useless to do that when wanting to migrate your settings to another machine

because of file and path dependencies.

See http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/filesandsettings.htm

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"Leonid S. Knyshov // SBS Expert"

<LeonidSKnyshovSBSExpert> wrote in message

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> On 3/22/2010 9:09 PM, ChrisInNewYork wrote:
> > Given no other options, I will probably buy this commercial product.
>

>> But that does not mitigate the fact that Microsoft is pretty negligent in
> > not allowing an export of this data to a file. Make it an encrypted,
> > MSFT
> > only file. Or put it in the pst. Don't stick it in some obscure
> > registry
> > key and call it "security" because it's obscure. That's just inane.
>

>> Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm still quite unhappy that Microsoft
> > makes
> > Outlook so good in some ways and so bad in others.


> All that stuff is in fact actually in an obscure registry key. :)

> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
> Messaging Subsystem\Profiles]

> Whatever you do, at least back it up.
> from command prompt, type
> reg export hkcu "%userprofile%\hkcu.reg"
> > Leonid S. Knyshov
>

>

>

> >

> Try Exchange Online http://bit.ly/free-exchange-trial
>
 

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