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    Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    Anyone know if its possible to map the public folders as an network drive?
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    Dont think it is possible and I don't understand why you would need to do it... what application would the item be opened in?

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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    Public Folders exist inside the Mail Server Database (e.g Exchange Server 2003). Network Drives exist on the Operating System Server (e.g. Windows Server 2003). You could theoretically map a Network Drive to the folder containing the entire Mail Server Database, but you cannot map to the Database itself - nor to individual objects (such as Public Folders) inside it. HTH
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    You already have your answer, but I want to note that within Outlook you can create Shortcuts and embed them as Links, and you can even save those Shortcuts to your hard drive and provide a URL to them. I have one of these at work for the policy that I most frequently have to explain to people, but I can't demonstrate exactly how to do it now. There's some information in my posts <!post=here,376202>here<!/post> and <!post=here,376570>here<!/post> and the first upstream post in the second one.
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    FWIW my understanding is that, prior to its withdrawal with Outlook 2003(?), Outlook's "browse" functionality was implemented by adding an Explorer control to Outlook. It would seem that this functionality was added to Outlook to give it leverage over other e-mail clients. Given the inherent security risks, however, the Explorer control has since been removed.
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    What you say is very interesting. Have a great weekend, and let's see what happens when you get a spare moment in the office next week. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    I still agree with you and Karen that the answer to the original question, "(is it) possible to map the public folders as an network drive" is NO. I'm just trying to show that there are some workarounds to get at specific PF items.
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 12-Mar-05 10:10. See Edit.)</P>unkamunka, I think we two are thinking about diferent things. I assumed that the OP wants a clickable URL that would jump to a location in Outlook Public Folders. The way this can be implemented in OL 2003 is complex, and I think it applies ONLY to a specific Message/Post Item in Public Folders, not a 'path' in Public Folders. It works roughly like this:

    1. Create a shortcut to the Pub Folders Item.
    2. Insert the Shortcut in a message (as an attachment) and send it to yourself (or anybody, if you keep all sent messages)
    3. Open that message and save the attached shortcut to drive as a file

    I know I have done the first three steps, I think it's then possible to:

    4. create a File URL to the shortcut such as <file://C:documents and settingsusernamemy documentsMyOutlookPublicFolderShortcut.lnk>

    ... and have it be live.

    Since it Saturday, I'm not at work and don't plan to be, I don't have Pub Folders to access, so I'll get back to my post in a couple of days and explain in more detail.

    Or, maybe I'm wrong on that last step, won't be the first time I've been wrong.

    EDIT I just tried this at home locally in Office XP; inserted my birthday as an Item from the Calendar to a message, sent it to myself, saved the "JohnBF.msg" attachment to drive, created a file hyperlink to the saved file "johnBF.msg" in the message body, and it worked. It's alive! Wahahahaha! Manic laughter from the mad scientist as he plays crescendos on the pipe organ!
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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    I wanted to be able to open a specific folder in a Windows Explorer type of environment (also by desktop shortcut).
    I have created custom toolbar buttons in Outlook that open a certain public folder, however the buttons also open another instance of Outlook.

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    Re: Mapping Public Folders (2003)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by JohnBF on 15-Mar-05 14:22. )</P>JScher2000 and I proposed two ways to change active Folder in the same instance of Outlook in <!post=this VBA thread,375844>this VBA thread<!/post>. Here's a real example using my method, the two Set steps could be collapsed into one long line:

    Sub SwitchToSelectedPubFolder()
    Dim fldr As MAPIFolder
    Set fldr = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI").GetDefaultFolder( olPublicFoldersAllPublicFolders)
    Set fldr = fldr.Folders("Departments").Folders("Compliance"). Folders("Policies & Standards")
    ActiveExplorer.SelectFolder fldr ' redirect the ActiveExplorer to the target Folder
    End Sub
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