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locate Outlook local file w/Server??

By PC&Web ·
This is a setup question

Setup:
*Windows Server 2003 standard
*Using hosted exchange server (MailStreet.com)
*Local pst files are set up on the server for each user.
*Desktop PCs have Outlook using the server pst file as the default file.

Benefits:
*Avoid limit at MailStreet for accounts
*everyone's pst file is backed up
*Have access to new and old email via in-office desktop and by connecting through TS and running it on the server.

PROBLEM:
They have their first laptop as a desktop replacement. He cannot access Outlook unless connected to the server since the default pst file is on the server.
MS does not let me set the pst file as an offline file.

Any work around?
I know the obvious solution - move his pst file to the laptop and setup a backup routine for him. Just looking to see if I missed something

Thanks in advance...

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

The obvious answer is to setup the NB to download the pst files but at the same time leave a copy on the server that way he can read his e-mails and you can still keep a backup without needing to run any additional software.

Col

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by PC&Web In reply to

I thought I had answered this yesterday but I clicked something wrong. What is NB? And I don't understand the gyst of your suggestion. Thanks

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by PC&Web In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

I was not clear enough with the problem:
He wants to be able to open his Outlook without any internet/server connection. This can't happen in this setup unless I can use the SERVER\pst file offline.
OR if someone has another idea...thanks

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

Why not forget using PST files and enable direct access to Mailbox on Exchange, then enable Exchange Cache Mode so that an offline copy is auto sync'd to to cached copy on the Laptop.

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by PC&Web In reply to

With HOSTED exchange we are doing what you suggest. Unless I'm missing something in what you're saying, this doesn't help me accomplish what I set out as my goal.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

Why not forget using PST files and enable direct access to Mailbox on Exchange, then enable Exchange Cache Mode so that an offline copy is auto sync'd to to cached copy on the Laptop.

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by PC&Web In reply to

With HOSTED exchange we are doing what you suggest. Unless I'm missing something in what you're saying, this doesn't help me accomplish what I set out as my goal.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

Why not forget using PST files and enable direct access to Mailbox on Exchange, then enable Exchange Cache Mode so that an offline copy is auto sync'd to to cached copy on the Laptop.

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by PC&Web In reply to

With HOSTED exchange we are doing what you suggest. Unless I'm missing something in what you're saying, this doesn't help me accomplish what I set out as my goal.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to locate Outlook local file ...

NB = Note Book which is what you said this person had.

The other thing was to download to the NB but leave the messages on the server by clicking in the box on Outlook Setup Leave messages on Server It's in the Setup/Maintenance options and is something that I commonly use with Executives that have to have NB's and not desktop units.

If you do it that way they have access to their e-mail and you get to keep it on your server for backup and Legal purposes. Of course it only affects "Incoming e-mail" but I'm sure that you already have options in place to save a copy of all outgoing e-mail again for Legal Purposes.

Col

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