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Old 28-07-2009, 10:04   #1
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Best way to do this...? (home networking related)

1 Desktop PC, 1 laptop.

Both want to one shared location for documents and outlook email.

Best option I thought would be to get a network drive and have one location where all docs are stored, and where the outlook data file would be stored.

my concerns about doing it this way are

1) Speed, it wouldn't be as quick as locally stored data
2) Can 2 users use the same outlook data file at once?

Data can be backed up to a further external USB drive connected to back of the NAS Drive.

The users want this to be as simple as possible, currently using syncing software which they say is a mess.

Anyone have any better ideas?
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Old 28-07-2009, 11:27   #2
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So the users want to receive all the email rather than individual email ?
Otherwise with separate accounts there should be separate .pst files and you should just be able to move them and change the location in outlook.
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there are 5 email addresses all under one outlook file - they'd like to be able to use this on both PCs - but i'm not sure if they can both have the same outlook file open?
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A PST file can't be shared simultaneously.

Also, when I tried a remote PST file on my server accessed by a wireless laptop, I found that if Outlook was left open it would generate write failure errors. I'm guessing this is due to the connection being temporarily lost when the WiFi adapter was sleeping to save power.
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How is the email being collected? if possible change it to Imap. As for the data a shared NAS drive would do the trick, but again, the issue of more than one person accessing the same file at the same time might crop up.
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It's just standard Pop mail - I think that a better way of doing the email is needed really
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It's just standard Pop mail - I think that a better way of doing the email is needed really
deffinately change it to Imap if you can
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Can you not setup somesort of webmail?

No need for external drive, just leave the docs on the desktop pc in a shared folder.
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trouble with the webmail is that they use Outlook with signitures etc for the home business and our local ISP's webmail is pretty useless for anything more than text emails.
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trouble with the webmail is that they use Outlook with signitures etc for the home business and our local ISP's webmail is pretty useless for anything more than text emails.
You could use 1&1 for email for a couple of quid a year. Their webmail is OK (though I rarely use it).

My experience with IMAP is such that I wouldn't recommend it.
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create separate pst files, export from existing pst file then import . Think you need exchange server to do shared signatures or do something nifty with scripting.
Wild guess says that you are keeping most email so have a somewhat huge pst file. Not a good idea as large pst files can cause problems
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