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Oct 252012

In the last blog post I talked about what an MDC file is.  In this post I’ll talk about it’s companion(s) the .DB files.

The .DB files are shown in the screenshot below:

These are the content of your archive.  They can be built on the server and downloaded (using BITS all controlled by the Enterprise Vault Outlook Add-in), or can be populated pre-emptively by the Vault Cache trawler.  You get a variable number of these, depending on how much space you want to give over to Vault Cache.

With Outlook closed if you take a copy of one of these, and rename it to PST and attach it to Outlook, you’ll see this:

Here you can see that the structure is also different – it does not follow the folder structure of your archive like the MDC file does.  The structure is based on the date the item was archived.  Whilst you can’t see it in this screenshot the items here are the full items, attachments included.

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  2 Responses to “What’s an Enterprise Vault .DB File?”

  1. We are trying to figure out why the items in the db files do not match up to what is in the archive. Any thoughts? If I make the vault cache large enough, do you think it will match up to the archive exactly?

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks for the comment.

      The answer is .. yes and no.

      Yes.. if the Vault Cache was built TODAY and managed to all download today it will more than likely contain everything in the archive, if the space allows… but..

      No.. if the Vault Cache is built over time, and over a series of days. You see Vault Cache will also pre-emptive cache things which are ‘about to be’ archived, for example those that will be archived in say the next 7 days. However, before the items get archived, a user may delete them. Those will still exist inside Vault Cache, but won’t have ever made it to the archive.

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