The Outlook plug-in lets you quickly access data files of Microsoft Outlook. The main idea is that you can back up all e-mails without knowing exactly where the files are located. The plug-in is user-specific and depends on the account under which the Workstation component runs.
The Outlook plug-in inherits some functionality from the Computer plug-in. Particularly, if the files are locked by other applications, it copies them with the use of the Volume Shadow Copy Service. If you don′t have this service running, then you need to close your e-mail client to perform a backup. If you want to run backups without closing e-mail client, you need to have the VSS service running on your system, and the Workstation component must run from a user that can access it.
Plug-in File System
The plug-in file system is organized as follows:
The Outlook plug-in can be used as a source of data for backup tasks, and as a target folder for restore tasks.
To use the plug-in in a backup task (in Step 2: Specify the Backup Set of the New Task Wizard), follow these steps:
If your e-mail client has several accounts, the respective folder will have several data files (even if they are physically located in different places).
For a complete instruction on how to create a backup task, please refer to Backup Task.
To restore files copied with the Outlook plug-in, follow these steps:
For example, if backups are stored on a local hard disk, select Computer in the Storage Destinations pane to the left, and then browse for backup.hbi in the Index File Selection pane to the right.
At the moment, you can restore files of the Outlook plug-in only to their original locations.
After verifying restoration details, you will need to select type of restoration, specify scheduling and task name. These steps are not specific to the Outlook plug-in. For more details on restoration, please see Restore Task.