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Top 10 Reasons to Avoid Using PSTs

Posted by Debbie Howlett

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Jan 18, 2017 2:53:57 PM

PST files are Outlook data files that are sometimes used for message archiving or for avoiding mailbox quotas. Sounds like a great idea, but PSTs have the potential to cause serious problems from data loss to security risks to compliance issues. If PSTs are posing a problem in your organization, then you should consider eliminating PSTs entirely by migrating and consolidating PSTs to more cost-effective platforms such as Office 365, Exchange 2013 or 2016, or a cloud or on premise archiving solution like Netmail Archive. Here are the top 10 reasons to avoid using PSTs. 


1. PST files are rarely backed up
2. There may be compliance issues
3. PST files are prone to corruption
4. They make eDiscovery more difficult
5. Network-connected PSTs are not supported
6. PST files are local to a device
7. PST files only work with Outlook
8. PST files can be used to circumvent lifecycle management policies
9. Shared PSTs are problematic
10. PST files increase the cost of doing business



Topics: Office 365, Netmail, Cloud, email, PSTs, PST problem, Migrating to Office 365


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