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    Exchange Public Folder Location

    I am really ready to bang my head against something . (I am running Exchange 2000 Server ) I am trying to do something that seems simple. I want to take a folder located on my servers local file system and share it with my exchange users. Sounds simple, right? I have tried a number of things but the only way I have been able to do what I want to do is to actually move the files I want to share into the public folders located on my "m" drive (which is the virtual directory created by exchange. This would be a viable workaround except I also have a requirement to be able to run an asp search on this set of folders and Microsoft Indexing Server won't read a virtual directory. If anyone has any ideas please send them my way ASAP!
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    Re: Exchange Public Folder Location

    you should never touch the M drive.

    If you need it accessible in Outlook's mapi folder set:

    You can create a PF and set a folder homepage pointing to the folder (you'll need an html index)

    I don't know if you can fake it as a newsgroup - you can point ng to use the file system.

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    Re: Exchange Public Folder Location

    I didn't really want to touch the m drive, but when I tried to create a public folder on my other disk it just showed up on the m drive again. I know that the m drive is a virtual disk and thought that the new public folder was really using disk space from my other drive. I tested this by moving a large block of data (200 mb) into my new public folder, i really thought I had this sucker fixed, but when I looked at the properties on the M drive it showed 200 mb less in storage available.........Also, regarding the html index, would I use MS Index Server to do this, I have run into some problems with index server accessing the exchange directory.
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    Re: Exchange Public Folder Location

    it's hard to give advice without knowing more about what you are trying to do - and i'm not sure you really understand how the exchange database or wss work...

    the m drive is a virtual folder - and it displays all the pf, so you will 'lose' space for it on the host drive (usually c) when the store is mounted. The actual database can be stored on another drive (and is an actual exchange db file), but i'm pretty sure the virtual space is taken from the default drive. it's my understandiing the web storage system takes the content from the exchange database and makes it available to the file system, it does not take files from the file system and make them available in exchange/outlook, which is what it sounds like you want to do. You can enable exchange stores for indexing, from the ESM.

    Also, the files need to be in the mapi tree to be visible in Outlook. You can create multiple public folder trees, but outlook can on see the mapi one - and i know of no way to add a file system folder to the mapi tree, you would need to move the files into a public folder.

    if you use a folder homepage, you don't touch the exchange stores - leave the files in their location and use an HTML page as a window to the folder. You might need to mount the folder as a web in IIS, but otherwise, you just need an HTML page to provide access to the contents. If you can find a web control that displays and explorer view of a folder on a web page, you can add that control to the HTML. if the folder is mounted as a web in IIS, i think you can use webdav to open it as a file system folder in outlook - of course, you could just open it as a file system folder too. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    [[Note - the M drive causes so much confusion that it's no longer visible in Titanium.]]

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