Outlook PST files are well known to those who have experience working with MS Outlook. This is a file format supported by MS Outlook to store data like emails, tasks, calendars, journals, contacts etc. Various unwanted issues tend to create problems while using MS Outlook with PST. PST corruption due to improper file usage or accidental system shutdown is one of the most commonly faced issues by users. In this article, one can get know-how regarding a severe issue of MS Outlook PST files i.e. PST files sharing over a network leading to its inaccessibility.
Sharing PST files on a LAN or WAN network may be your choice to make Outlook details accessible for your desired recipient but unfortunately, this is not a supported configuration. It is a very surprising fact but sharing files over network makes issues to rise for network based users. Effects of such configuration may irritate Outlook users during PST file sharing procedure.
Why PST Access Is Limited Over Network
Basically, a PST file is based on file-access-driven method for storing messages. The word ‘file-access-driven’ shows, it is a special way to handle read and write operations using commands offered by operating systems. As PST files are written with the pre-defined suggestions of the operating system, these files are not suitable for being shared over a WAN or LAN network.
The reason behind this is this: networks are responsible to access data from files that are written with ‘network-access-driven’ methods used. This method includes a way that holds facility to read data from other network.
Problem during Remote.pst Access
In case a PST file is shared over a network, say with the name Remote.pst, MS Outlook tries to access the data within the Outlook file. For this; Outlook sends file commands of reading or writing data as well as the operating system has its own role of sending commands over network. This is required because the file is not available on the local computer. Problems during PST file access over network are:
- Long time investment for performing all the operations involved.
- All read operations can take lots of time in comparison to normal read operation.
- The performance of Outlook can slow down.
A Rise in Overhead – If You Have Shared PST on a Network
PST file share will surely create adverse consequences for you because it involves a number of chances related to data loss and data corruption. Along with that in any case; within network you will be able to read PST data then also it will result in the wastage of time. Results of sharing a PST over a shared network will surely show you unhealthy PST files or you may also see deprivation of the network where PST file was shared.
An error due to Outlook PST file sharing within a network connection is mentioned here:
avtar Error <5139>: File access share error “C:Documents and SettingsPilleDocumentsOutlook FilesOutlook.pst” (code 32:The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process)
As the text of this error says PST file shared on a network when accessed by network users became inaccessible: it was difficult for users to read or write data within. The reason behind such errors is sharing a PST file; many users try accessing the data at a time which is stored within.
How to Deal With Typical PST Corruption
To deal normal PST corruption, scanpst.exe is an adoptable alternative but, corruption due to some severe issues within Outlook PST is not resolvable using any built-in solution. Some alternatives are there to help you out to avoid typical PST corruption causes:
- Create a new PST and get your data within it.
- Use Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
- Use Cached Exchange Mode Microsoft Outlook.
- If working with online Outlook then, activate Windows Terminal Services.
If none of these alternatives work then, you may get puzzled as how to combat severe Outlook PST file. To cope up with these concerns, get SysTools Outlook Recovery tool having the capability of resolving PST corruption issues properly.