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Indexing PST files in SharePoint (MOSS) 2007

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SharePoint 2007 does not provide an IFilter for indexing PST files. These files contain email messages and PST files can be generated from Microsoft Exchange using EXMerge.exe or by exporting from Microsoft Outlook.

Here is one technique for indexing the contents of a PST. First, you need to extract messages from the PST into separate MSG files. A tool like Aid4Mail ( will do this for you. You can then create a content type for indexing the folder in which the MSG files are located.

Written by Nick Grattan

November 3, 2007 at 2:01 pm

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  1. See this site for a Freeware (and with .NET source) alternative to Aid4Mail.


    January 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm

  2. At export files(mails) from MS Outlook usually i used standart tool,but next i see that this method don’t perfect and decided use other tool-viewing pst files,why i choiced it? it’s a simply,utility have big possibilties for work with mails,also have two possible recovery options for viewing pst file, you can convert your file to a file with *.pst extension, that follows the original structure,will be opened by any mail client, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, it may be also forwarded to any PC, outside your local network,view create numerous files with *.txt, *.eml and *.vcf extensions end ensure a possibility of offline view of Outlook pst files,viewing a pst file right now and try to recover any corrupted *.ost or *.pst file, make sure, that it is very easy.

    Alex Krenvalk

    October 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm

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