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How to hide users' .PST files

SearchExchange.com expert Patricia Guerrero explains how you can hide .PST data files from users.

I want to disable the Add/Remove options of data files in Outlook. There is also an Open Folder button that allows you to open the folder where the .PST is stored.

All of the users' .PST files are in one location for some reason. I don't want users to know this. If we can totally hide the data files and data management, that would be ideal.

I was able to hide data management from the file menu by specifying the Control ID 31025 in the group policy, but data management is still accessible by using the button provided in the folder list view.

If you hide the shared folder with $, users won't be able to see and access the files.


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