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help! VPN vs OWA vs offline folders?

By fredr ·
hi,

we're running small bus. server 4.5, i have several users who travel alot, and they need to access pop3 email, share a calendar, and even (if fairly easy) contacts.

the questions: how to set them up so they can fairly easily do this while traveling--and when they return to office, it's easy to re-establish office LAN connections?

re email and possibly even calendar, they want to be able to download their messages onto their hard drive and then break the connection to save connect charges.

we have a dsl connection with a sonic-wall firewall box. i've heard VPN is
more complex than OWA. also, some of them have NT4.0 on their laptops, and
earthlnk doesn't work so easily with that (have to disconnect proxy client).

to simplify things a bit, i'm considering doing the calendaring via a web-based calendaring site (e.g. anyday.com), and letting that synch with their laptops.

can anyone point me in some good directions here? i'm sure many must be facing the samechallenges.

thanks!

fred

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by yorkster In reply to help! VPN vs OWA vs offl ...

have you tried using team folders for outlook 2000 ? teams folders create all required as public folders, then you can give the team members permissions to the public folders, that way they can have the info anywhere anytime.you can find the team folder addon at MS web site.

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by Xaeryth In reply to help! VPN vs OWA vs offl ...

Outlook Web Access installed and configured properly will allow you to do everything you require. I know cause I'm using it in that respect.

Corey Hitchcock
IT Manager
Interdev Technologies Inc.

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by PalKerekfy In reply to help! VPN vs OWA vs offl ...

OWA lets you connect to Exchange using a web browser - but you have to be online all the time. If you set up any kind of remote access, e.g. a VPN, your users are able to use the "Remote Mail" or "Offline" features of Outlook: In this case, they have a local copy of the entire Mailbox (incl. Calendar), they can work offline and connect to sync, i.e. fire out and download messages, sync Tasks and Calendar. Which one is more feasible for you?

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