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    Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    I am using Outlook 2000 on my desktop and Outlook XP on a laptop that I can connect together through my office LAN. When I travel I download email to the laptop but I want to be able to sync the new emails and changes to the contact list and address book with the laptop when I return. When I leave, I want the laptop to have the most recent folders, contacts, etc. What is the proper way to do this? All help appreciated.

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    You can copy the entire PST file from one computer to another which is a time-consuming process if you have a large PST file (mine is 164MB). Or you can investigate some of the synchronization programs. I just started exploring Outlook Plus, but I'm certainly no expert with it at this point. You can find this at www.asm-soft.com.

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    Wayne, I don't have an opportunity to try it with two machines, so there may be issues I'm not aware of, but have you looked into setting up an Offline Folder for the laptop? It has limitations, but it might do a good part of what you want; it may also require that you set your PST up to be on the network.

    If your version of Outlook 2000 is Corporate/Workgroup and you use Exchange Server, on the laptop go into Tools | Services | Exchange Server | Properties | Advanced | Offline Folder Settings and create an Offline folder, OK out. Then on the laptop go to Tools | Synchronize | Offline Folder Settings and select every folder that is available and that you want to synchronize to have available when not on the network. Hope this helps. (And I hope it works! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>)
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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    John,

    My office network just has 4 machines are networked together with a hub/switch. None of the machines is set up as a server. I've never used Exchange Server, can I use it if the network is essentially peer-to-peer? Is this something I need to buy or is it already in XP and just needs to be activated? If I set it up, will changes made on the laptop be sync'd to the desktop as well as vice-versa?

    Thanks very much for the help.

    Wayne

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    Bill,

    I may have to invest in 3rd party software but I thought MS would have addressed this in XP - I know I'm not the only one that would like this capability. For months I have been doing as you suggested and moving the .pst file around from one machine and back again. Just hope there is an easier way. Thank you for the suggestion, I may have to look into Outlook Plus.

    Wayne

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    Wayne, I don't know how it work with a peer-to-peer, and I doubt that Exchange fits your situation. My only recommendation is to see if you can set up an OST (offline file) in your Messenging Service dialog, and see what happens.

    I don't work in the server side, so can any Loungers who know Exchange help Wayne?
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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    Wayne,

    I certainly agree with you. I would love to have MS exchange for the home, but Microsoft does not have such a product and buying the commercial -- corporate version of MS exchange is out of sight. I have recommended many times to Microsoft that they consider offering a stripped-down version of exchange for the home market but I'm sure this is not high on their priority list.

    Outlook Plus is currently free. If you go to their web site you will see that they are offering a free license (you will need the administrator version as well and I believe that is free). Why they are doing as I do not know, but I have taken advantage of it myself. I am reserving some time this weekend to actually explore the product in more detail to see if it will satisfy my requirements -- which are the same as yours.

    Good luck.

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    John, thanks for the effort. Help from any others would be greatly appreciated.

    Wayne

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    From the website, it looks like an interesting product. (I occasionally get called on by small business owner friends who think I know everything - boy, are they wrong - OL Plus looks like a good solution for two of them that I can think of.)
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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    Bill,

    Thank you. I will investigate OL Plus also and see if it will work for me.

    Wayne

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    Re: Synchronizing (Outlook 2000)

    John, thanks for the effort. You and Bill have been very helpful. I will take a look at OL Plus and see if it will work.

    Wayne

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