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    Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outlook 2002)

    If you have a peer to peer network (e.g. do not have MIcrosoft Exchange) - is it possible to share an outlook folder between computers on the network? - If so how. From what I have read - ther are only 3rd party solutions - if this is true - is there one that works ok or the best? Thanks.

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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    Do you mean the entire PST file - which contains Email, Calendar, Contacts etc, or do you just mean a single folder - such as the Calendar?
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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    I was away and just got your post. I need to ba able to share contacts only - not calendar or email. Is this possible? Or is Exchange the onlyi "robust" solution? Thanks,

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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    Exchange is the only robust solution for your circumstances.
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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    The other method would be an LDAP directory. But if you already have everything saved as Contacts in Outlook, you'd have to export that all up to the server, which could result in some data loss. Probably more trouble than it's worth. (Unless Windows Server 2003/Active Directory handles this now. Hmmm...)

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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    This sounds like the contacts would then not be under Outlook - still sounds like Exchange would be the best.

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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    We use .pst files locally on remote notebooks but want to publish free/busy data. We have Exchange 5.5 and are moving to Exchange 2000, in Outlook 2000 we've determined how to turn on free/busy but not sure if additional client settings are necessary, or are server changes in order? Thanks.

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    Re: Sharing contacts on peer to peer network (Outl

    Free/busy is a server-side function. It basically works the same way in all versions of Exchange, though it is more robust in versions after 5.5. The client settings for publication of free/busy are the same too.

    If you are really using .pst files on your remotes then that means your users and connecting and working on line. Their free/busy updates will happen on the same schedule as desktops in the office. If these folks are really working off line, using .ost files, then free/busy updates will not happen until they synchronize (send/rec. mail for example).

    As an aside, I've heard that some companies running outlook 2k on post 5.5 exchange have problems if the remote user has a delegate and either of them use a local calendar. The solution is to turn local cal off both of them.

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