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    Outlook without an Exchange server (probably 97->2

    I'm not sure whether this can be done, so please bear with me. I can't find anything applicable on the net, so perhaps I am asking the wrong question.

    Take, for example, a small office which has a number of PCs of varying ages (and hence levels of Outlook), linked as a peer-to-peer/workgroup system via a broadband modem router which has a small number of output ports.

    What is wanted is for all PCs to be able to read and reply to any email which can come in from the ISP on a small number of email addresses (like info@charity.org.uk, volunteering@charity.org.uk, and so on). It might be a requirement that each PC should deal with just one of the email addresses, but this should be variable to cope with holidays and the like.

    The important point is that they don't want to go to the expense of introducing a server (unless they have to) because nothing else needs sharing, and they certainly couldn't cope with Exchange, and so wish to avoid it.

    Unfortunately all my experience, such as it is, is with huge Exchange servers and thousands of users, so scaling down to this level is a new area.

    It may be that a different ISP has to be chosen to provide appropriate facilities their end.

    Can anyone please give advice as to the feasibility of this; what software may be needed to tie things together; any articles that I could read?

    Rather messy, but it looks like it may be necessary in several local charities...

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    John

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    Re: Outlook without an Exchange server (probably 9

    Does the ISP offer IMAP access to those accounts? As you may know, IMAP provides a view onto a server-based mailbox without removing the messages. Thus, anyone could log in and work with the mailbox. Users would have to file or delete messages after dealing with them, to avoid duplicate efforts...

    Outlook has gradually come to provide full support for IMAP, and Outlook Express has always had it. So, in sum, this could be a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> solution.

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    Re: Outlook without an Exchange server (probably 9

    The answer to the question is "maybe", but not definitely. It could vary from one ISP/organisation to another.

    They also want to archive off emails onto some medium or other which is readily accessible and searchable, so I am thinking PST file? Naw...!

    Thanks!

    John
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