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Exchange/Outlook over a WAN connection

By jhaggerty ·
I'm considering migrating our domino/lotus notes to an exchange/outlook email solution. Currently we have one domino server located at our HQ location with 15 locations connecting to their mail database through various connections (Frame, DSL, Cable). It seems to work okay with Domino. I'm interested in learning if anyone has knowledge on how exchange/outlook works over a WAN connection. Budget does not allow us to put servers at each location, but we want users to be able to use the full outlook client. Any help would be appreciated.

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possible

by afram In reply to Exchange/Outlook over a W ...

Check this article:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/2003/library/ex2k3rpc.mspx

If you use Exchange 2003 running on Server 2003 and if the clients have Outlook 2003, then you can use RPC over HTTP to access email without the need for any VPN.

Worked well for me. Remote users all over the country could check their email with the Outlook client anywhere.

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What's the apparent speed of this?

by awfernald In reply to possible

And is it actually downloading the mail for offline reading? or providing web access? it sounds like it's doing the actual client so can download, but...

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by afram In reply to What's the apparent speed ...

This would be set up as MAPI. The email stays on the email server. Messages are cached locally on the client by default. One of the nice features about this is that if you restart the email server or it goes offline, most users won't even notice (unless they see the little disconnect icon in the corner). It also holds true if the client is disconnected from the network...they will still see their cached email.

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Use Citrix

by jperry In reply to Exchange/Outlook over a W ...

I have 5 locations connected via Frame network with sppeds ranging form 1.5mbps (fast) 256kbps (slow)and with Citrix, it's all very FAST !!!

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