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Old 31st January 2005   #1
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Outlook Express .IAF files ---> stored where?


Trying to save the internet account files (.IAF) from Outlook Express via a scheduled batch file. They are normally exported by Tools > Accounts > Mail tab > [account] > Export individually and manually.

Is there a place the .IAF files are stored so our backup procedure may be automated using batch files?

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BruceKrymow--It is you who creates the .iaf file when you back up OE files. And you decide where it is stored.
http://www.seidcon.com/technology/Simple_OE_Backup.html
If you have already made such a back up and have forgotten where you stored it, run a Search on *.iaf. (The * is a wild card. Probably the .iaf file will be named youraccountname.iaf.)
Sorry, but I cannot create a batch file to do this.

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Hi, Jim ~

I have a batch file I use for nightly backup of certain files. I see that .IAF files are not created until that action is triggered through the GUI.

There is a way to trigger this and then save the results from within the batch file - this is what I am trying to find so it may be added to this batch file:
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@echo off

del C:\backup.zip

rem this exports registry key mail settings, rules, sigs to my Documents to be copied

regedt32.exe /e "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\My Documents\OEbackup.reg" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\{20767E75-E91E-4888-9EE8-7A9F5B90BCD7}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0" 

rem this copies the files in the paths to a zip
rem folder on the root drive

C:\zip -9r C:\backup.zip "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Optivision" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Application Data\Avant Browser" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Spybot - Search & Destroy" "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Symantec" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Application Data\Symantec\Shared" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{20767E75-E91E-4888-9EE8-7A9F5B90BCD7}\Microsoft\Outlook Express" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Favorites" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\Desktop" "C:\Documents and Settings\Bruce\My Documents" "C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc"


rem this copies the backup file from bruce's office
rem to the P drive for company backup after deleting
rem the old file

del "P:\bruce backup\backup.zip"

copy C:\backup.zip "P:\bruce backup\" 

copy C:\backup.zip "S:\bruce\relay\"

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BruceKrymow--I might have known you were several steps ahead of me. Sorry I cannot help, but hope someone else who can will chime in.

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Bruce - no need to reinvent this particular wheel (OE command line backup stuff). Take a look Here and at the OE Quick Backup utility. I think with a little work you can make it do only the parts you want and get a .iaf file ready for you to zip.

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Ahhhh...I knew you were lurking, Newt!

Good find! I searched high and low and never saw this. I am familiar with Majik's work throughout the years.

I think you are right that this will be the ticket. I will comb through it and see if I can cull the parts I need - Thanks!


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