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Roaming Profiles and Outlook (Express)

By jgarfield ·
The site I'm currently getting up and running has a mixed Windows Environment and they want to be able to not only get their documents no matter which machine they logon to, but also their e-mail.

I'm going to be setting up roaming users profiles to help them keep their home directories and documents no matter where they sign on, but I'm not quite sure how to implement the email portion of this.

A majority of the machines are running Windows XP Pro and the server is Windows 2000. However there are a few 98SE machines kicking around.

Some clients are using Outlook 2002 and some are using Outlook Express 6. Should I upgrade them all to Outlook 2002 or 2003? Should I get them all up to Windows XP Pro?

Let me know what your input is on this, and if you've run into the same issues. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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by TheChas In reply to Roaming Profiles and Outl ...

You will want / need to upgrade the Outlook Express users to Outlook.

Outlook Express uses local folders and files for mail and address book storage.
There are a few tricks that can be used to "fool" OE into using network shares, but they don't always work well.

You will have less conflict issues if you make the version of Outlook the same on all machines.

Chas

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by Gigelul In reply to Roaming Profiles and Outl ...

TheCas have right.
Is easier to configure and maintain/use Microsoft Outlook.
We use this scenario and the location of the Outlook's files is on a share (different than profiles - you will not want to download and save the PST files every time with the roaming profiles)
About Win98 and roaming profiles: I don't think that you will have success.
You can use any version of MS Outlook but of course is easier for you if you can use only one version.

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