In this post we’re going to show you how to safely close Outlook from the command line
This is really helpful when it comes to running backups on a PST files and you are seeing errors from locked system files.
- Create a visual basic script (let’s call it outlookcloser.vbs) in a directory, with the following code:
On Error Resume Next Set Outlook = GetObject(, "Outlook.Application") If Err = 0 Then Outlook.Quit() Set Outlook = Nothing End If Wscript.Quit
- Create a batch file (let’s call it StopOutlookBatch.bat) in the same directory, with the following contents, except that you need to ensure that the outlook file location matches yours, and that the backup destination (c:\outback\outlook.pst) is the right one, and exists:
@echo off REM run the command to gracefully close outlook - THIS SHOULD BE IN THE SAME DIR! cscript.exe outlookcloser.vbs //B //nologo choice /T 10 /D y > nul REM copy the outlook file - VERIFY THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT FILE FOR THE PROFILE! robocopy.exe C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\ C:\outback\ outlook.pst
- Run the batch file, which will stop outlook, then copy the file to the specified location, from where you can process it further as required.
If you’re using our software, you DO NOT NEED this script
That’s because our software uses VSS properly to backup Outlook files, even though many other top-level backup applications fail to backup Outlook pst files. But if you’re trying to cobble something together, as was a recent poster on Spiceworks, then you may need this advice. So here it is.
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