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    changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    My Outlook is currently configured to Internet Mail Only. I would like to use Outlook in conjunction with the Act 6 contact management program. In order to do the things I need to do with Act, I need to reconfigure Outlook to Corporate or Workgroup configuration. I run Windows 2000 Pro on a small peer-to-peer network in a home office. I do not have a stand alone server or Microsoft Exchange. I connect to the Internet through a cable modem and a Linksys Ethernet Cable/DSL Router and share the Internet connection with two other computers. I never dial-up, but would like to keep dial-up as an option when my cable goes down, as sometimes happens out here in the sticks where I live (Hickory, NC).

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    1. Can I change to Corporate or Workgroup configuration under these circumstances?
    2. If yes, what are the ramifications? Will I need to change the way I have been using Outlook?

    I am grateful for any useful advice.

    John Gellman

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Corporate/Workgroup has full support for POP3 accounts, but not IMAP. If you need IMAP, you're stuck.

    I used Outlook 2000 in CW mode and don't recall having any regrets. (Well, one: rules no longer recognize the "account.") That said, it's nice that the distinction has disappeared in Outlook 2002 and 2003.

    As with any drastic change, do make a backup first. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Thanks for the fast reply!

    The word "drastic" scares the hell out of me. Of course I'll back up my PST files. Is there anything else I should back up? What is IMAP? Are you saying that I don't need Microsoft Exchange Server or any other mail server software to make this change?

    I really appreciate your advice.

    John

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    IMAP is a protocol for mail that stays on the server, unlike POP mail, which you download off the server. If you've never heard of it, you probably aren't using it.

    You do not need Exchange for anything. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    When I say drastic, I only mean within the context of Office. In CW mode, you can create multiple profiles, there is the concept of logging off, various menus are different (e.g., your account settings are under Tools>Services, rather than Tools>Accounts), and certain options change (e.g., the way "read receipts" are handled). Fundamentally, though, the way you work remains the same.

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Thanks again for the reply. I will not need IMAP. So, is there anything I should back up besides my PST files?

    John

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    I'd back up these folders under all active profiles on the computer:

    ...Application DataMicrosoftOutlook
    ...Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook

    (Apologies if the names are imprecise, that's how I remember them.)

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Thanks so much for all your help!

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    I followed this thread trying to discover the process of changing Outlook's configuration after it has been installed as Internet Mail Only. I do not see any answers in this thread with regard to specific directions. Can any one please direct me? I am running Outlook 2000 SP3 on a Win XP box.

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Jovialjohn,

    In Outlook 2000, click Tools>Options>Mail Delivery. At the bottom of the dialog box is a button labeled "Reconfigure Mail Support...". Click that button to change to Workgroup mode.

    I was able to make the change with no problem, but did not like the way Outlook operated in workgroup mode, so I changed back after a few days. It has been so long now that I don't remember all the reasons I didn't like workgroup mode, but a major one for me was not being able to use all the rules. As stated earlier in this thread, backup, backup, and then backup again, just in case.

    Good luck!

    John G.

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    Re: changing to workgroup configuration (2000 SP-3)

    Thanks, I'll try that as soon as I get a chance.

    John

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