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    We have a Linux network running four Windows machines. An application has been suggested that will enable us to share our Outlook address book and calendar, this requires Microsoft .Net Framework.

    We are competent users of MS Office but very wary of “doing things” to the network, which was set up by an outside consultant.

    Would installing Microsoft .Net Framework on a Linux network be likely to cause problems?

    Tony Beckett - Rutland, UK

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    Re: Na

    Can you clarify some things - for instance, what do you mean by a Linux network? A network is made up of the computers connected to it, so you must have a Linux server somewhere in there, right? If that's the case then the Windows machines you mentioned are workstations, right?

    The .NET Framework is installed only on Windows boxes (workstations and servers). Therefore, the Linux server would not have the .NET Framework installed. It is possible to interact with the Linux server to some degree with .NET applications, but only if it is explicitly designed to do so.

    Typically the Outlook address and calendar sharing is done with Microsoft Exchange Server - which only runs on the Windows Server platform. Is Exchange Server the application that has been suggested to you?

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    Re: Na

    I've read about an "open source" version of the .Net framework named "Mono" which runs on Linux. You can download it here if you want to take a look. If the application you are planning to use can run on Linux with Mono, then this might be useful. If not, well, the official solution is just a few thousand dollars away. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Na

    Mark

    Thanks for taking the trouble with my query.

    There is a Linux server with 4 workstations.

    The application suggested was “OfficeCalendar”
    http://www.officecalendar.com/officewatch.asp

    Sold to enable Outlook address and calendar to be shared WITHOUT Microsoft Exchange Server. We wanted to avoid the complications and cost of Exchange Server, hence my enquiry.

    However concerned that .Net Framework would cause trouble with the Linux server.

    You comment “The .NET Framework is installed only on Windows boxes (workstations and servers). Therefore, the Linux server would not have the .NET Framework installed.”

    This encourages me to at least try OfficeCalendar, the installation for which enables you to download .Net Framework as well as OfficeCalendar itself.

    Tony

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    Re: Na

    It seems that product requires Windows on the server: http://www.officecalendar.com/products/pro...equirements.asp

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    Re: Na

    Thanks for continuing the exchange I did say this was a na

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    Re: Na

    A couple of thing to point out here:

    - You can have more than one server on the network. Your Linux server can play very nicely with a Windows 2003 server as long as things are configured properly on both.
    - You do not need a dedicated OfficeCalendar server. You can use any Windows box (even one used as someone's workstation) as the OfficeCalendar server. The only things to consider are performance and backup (i.e. if someone is using the workstation/OfficeCalendar server for something heavy, the performance of OfficeCalendar for other users may suffer a bit).

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Na

    Thanks for everyones help on this topic. I will absorb what has been said and decide what to do.

    Tony

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