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    Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    To all,
    I have configured my personal PC so as to be able to log onto my company's network. It is very simple: I use Cisco VPN dialer to dial in, then run a remote.bat file to get to all of my network drives. The thing I don't know how to do is configure Outlook so as to open up my normal Outlook account that I have on my work PC, and send/receive e-mails. At work, the drive that Outlook is on is the Y-drive, and this is one of the drives that I am able to "connect to" (at least it shows it is available via My Computer) after running the remote.bat file. Any ideas?
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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Idea: in your office, you may be using Outlook to connect to Microsoft Exchange. If so, logging on to your network server will not connect you to the Exchange Server. HTH
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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Thanks. Do you have any ideas how to do so?

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    If you have a VPN, you should be able to contact your mail server and make a profile that connects to your mailbox on the server. This is how I do it.

    I have an entry in my HOSTS file pointing towards the internal IP of my mail server. i.e.

    192.168.1.7 mymailserver.wtwarch.com

    This file is in c:windowssystem32driversetc

    There are other ways to do this, but this seems the simplest and most reliable. The important thing is that the DNS must be able to find your mail server.

    After that, just set your Outlookup in cache mode, and it will connect whenever you open the VPN tunnel.

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Thanks, Jim. I might get back with you if I get lost in the process!

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    You might also be able to connect using Outlook Web Access ... the permissions would need to be set on the server side. OWA has most of the functionality of outlook... I get to it by typing
    mail.mycompany.net.au/exchange then log in. (where the mycompany is my company's web address.

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Thanks, Karen. Is OWA like Outlook?
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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    With Exchange Server 2003, using Internet Explorer, OWA is strikingly similar to Outlook 2003. I think the resemblance was not as close in earlier versions.

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Yeah but parts of it still suck <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>, and it helps to have a fast connection. I OWA in from home a lot.

    I'm presently encountering weirdness in that when I accept a Meeting Invitation in OWA, the Send is a separate additional step, which then instances another OWA! I've been to busy too spend the necessary 8 hours describing the problem to the clueless IS grunts who man the Corporate IS Help Desk. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Setting Up Outlook (XP)

    Jeff, if your company has OWA set up, you could try connecting at either:

    https://owa.mycompany.com/

    or

    https://webmail.mycompany.com/exchange/

    substituting your corporate domain name for "mycompany", and note the 's' for secure connection in https. Your signon should be your Outlook Mailbox User ID, and same password. If your company has a number of domains you may need to specify yours in front of your user ID:

    dom/jlkirk
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