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    Using Outlook on a Network

    Hi all,

    I have been asked to look into providing our school's email system via outlook, at the moment people who use email access it over the web (Same as Hotmail) I would like to have these email downloaded to outlook or outlook express and roam with the users so they can move from PC to PC and use outlook to collect emails from where ever they are.

    I have tried this in the past but, outlook as far as I know stores these settings in the outlook directory of the computer, so you are only able to use it on that computer. Is the a way I can make outlook roaming I`m sure there must be a way.

    Thanks

    Craig Dunn

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    Using Outlook on a Network

    Hi all,

    I have been asked to look into providing our school's email system via outlook, at the moment people who use email access it over the web (Same as Hotmail) I would like to have these email downloaded to outlook or outlook express and roam with the users so they can move from PC to PC and use outlook to collect emails from where ever they are.

    I have tried this in the past but, outlook as far as I know stores these settings in the outlook directory of the computer, so you are only able to use it on that computer. Is the a way I can make outlook roaming I`m sure there must be a way.

    Thanks

    Craig Dunn

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    Well...you will need a shared mail store....or mail server that outlook can access

    some thing like MS Exxchange.

    I remember with earlier versions of outlook...and small peer to peer networks you could
    use Microsoft Mail...and have it shared on one machine...server type..

    How many users are we talking about??

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    Well...you will need a shared mail store....or mail server that outlook can access

    some thing like MS Exxchange.

    I remember with earlier versions of outlook...and small peer to peer networks you could
    use Microsoft Mail...and have it shared on one machine...server type..

    How many users are we talking about??

    MLF
    How people treat you is their karma- how you react is yours-Wayne Dyer

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    We are looking at 200 users, one thing I forgot to mention MS Exchange is a no go, the school doesn't want to spend anything or have another server (throws another spanner in the works)

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    We are looking at 200 users, one thing I forgot to mention MS Exchange is a no go, the school doesn't want to spend anything or have another server (throws another spanner in the works)

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    Hey Hey,

    Do you even have a server that can handle it???? and when you say no money do you literally mean $0?? or just less than the cost of exchange..

    There's always http://mirror.open-xchange.org/. Open XChange... has a free open source version and the Commercial version... The commercial version is still reasonable cheap and you can also get a Live CD running the comercial version free of charge...

    However... you'd have to buy the connector for outlook... it's like 15/user or something like that....

    But with no money and no other server.. you're pretty much SOL.

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    Hey Hey,

    Do you even have a server that can handle it???? and when you say no money do you literally mean $0?? or just less than the cost of exchange..

    There's always http://mirror.open-xchange.org/. Open XChange... has a free open source version and the Commercial version... The commercial version is still reasonable cheap and you can also get a Live CD running the comercial version free of charge...

    However... you'd have to buy the connector for outlook... it's like 15/user or something like that....

    But with no money and no other server.. you're pretty much SOL.

    Peace,
    HT
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    Hi

    I would also have suggested open-xchange, although in a testing phase,
    there were a few problems (cannot recall which ones).

    I have a simple, but not optimal (and not security-oriented) "solution":
    I carry my (encrypted, private) .pst-file on my memory stick with me.
    From time to time (once a week) I make a backup of that file on a
    storage server. This idea, of course, requires that every student
    has its own memory stick, either provided from the school's budget,
    or bought by him/herself. Hm, it also requires that your students
    are allowed to mount a USB memory stick; compatibility with your
    policies etc. I assume that no 200 GB (or so) dedicated server
    storage is available. .pst-files can be positioned wherever you want
    them - there is no need to store them locally - a network share is
    fine. But keep in mind that network bandwidth (I have no clue) might
    be an issue.

    With the USB memory stick, speed is not an issue - my .pst-file is
    about 500 MB in size.

    Cheers
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    Hi

    I would also have suggested open-xchange, although in a testing phase,
    there were a few problems (cannot recall which ones).

    I have a simple, but not optimal (and not security-oriented) "solution":
    I carry my (encrypted, private) .pst-file on my memory stick with me.
    From time to time (once a week) I make a backup of that file on a
    storage server. This idea, of course, requires that every student
    has its own memory stick, either provided from the school's budget,
    or bought by him/herself. Hm, it also requires that your students
    are allowed to mount a USB memory stick; compatibility with your
    policies etc. I assume that no 200 GB (or so) dedicated server
    storage is available. .pst-files can be positioned wherever you want
    them - there is no need to store them locally - a network share is
    fine. But keep in mind that network bandwidth (I have no clue) might
    be an issue.

    With the USB memory stick, speed is not an issue - my .pst-file is
    about 500 MB in size.

    Cheers
    If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
    (Abraham Maslow, Psychologist, 1908-70)

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