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    Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    I've installed a network within my office.

    I know how to share other MS Office files, but I can't seem to figure out how to share my Outlook .pst file between two computers.

    My contacts file is quite large and I would like to be able to share it between office users without having to copy it and install it on each computer individually and then update it on a regular basis.

    Thanks for your help.
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    Re: Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    If you're looking to share just the Contacts folder, have a look at this thread.

    If you're looking to share the entire PST file, that would be approached differently. Please post back if that is the case.

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    Re: Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    Thanks for the quick reply. Yes, at this point all I really want to share is the contact file with email addys. If I read the thread correctly, it appears that there is no way to do it.

    Of course, if there is a way to share the entire .pst file, then that would be ok.

    If so, I'll just do it the hard way.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    You can share the entire PST file. <UL><LI>You will need to decide which machine is to be the "server".<LI>Presumably, you already have fixed drive mappings to the server. If not, you will find it simpler to have this set up - using Tools|Map Network Drive in Windows Explorer.<LI>If you're using NTFS, you will also need to have the appropriate permissions set up. <LI>Close down Outlook on the client machine. <LI>If you haven't already done so, make sure that the "Show hidden files and folders" option is checked in Control Panel|Folder Options. <LI>Remove the PST on the client machine from its default location - something like Cocuments and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook. (If you're using Windows 9x, try Local Settings in your Windows folder.)<LI>Start up Outlook. <LI>It will complain that it can't find the previous PST. Navigate it through the Network Drive to the PST on the server. <LI>Once you have established the "share", the client machine can also re-open its old PST. <LI>N.B. You will have to take it in turn to have Outlook open; as only one user can access the PST at a time. Thus, you may have to adapt this workaround for day to day use.[/list]HTH
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    Re: Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    Keep in mind that using a pst over a network is slow (worse as the pst gets larger) and can result in corruption. I would look at some of the 3rd party apps made for sharing. (See http://www.slpstick.com for a list)

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    Re: Sharing a .pst file (Office 2000)

    I definitely agree with the speed issue. I wish someone would write an Exchange for Home so that Outlook will only 'network' the changes to the file.

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