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    Re: Net Folders

    not really any good solution, other than sites like visto for sharing.

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    Re: Net Folders

    MJ

    Thanks for your prompt reply. The answer was as I suspected but I was hoping that Microsoft would not lead me down a dead end road <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>.

    I have tried Visto.com as you very kindly suggested but one of the answers to their FAQ unfortunately eliminates them.

    Visto.com FAQ

    Q. How can I use Visto.com to collaborate with my co-workers, friends and family?

    A. If you created a group prior to March 9, 2001, you may invite others to join. Members of your group can interact through email, calendar and message board.

    Many thanks for your help

    Chris Otter

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    Re: Net Folders

    What, you don't want to shell out the cash for Exchange?! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Would a web based, externally hosted solution do? It's tough all over for sites that previously offered free or very low charge mail, calendaring, etc. as they generally made their money from ads placed on the pages - no ad budget, no free, web based services. But I've played around with Intranets.com, and they've seemed decent enough. $20/month for 4 user and $5/mo for each additional. Maybe not what you need, but beats the heck of of an Exchange license!
    <font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color=blue>~Shane</font color=blue></font face=comic>

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    Re: Net Folders

    One of my clients just bumped into this problem today, too. Are there still no solutions other than $1000+ for exchange server, or sticking with Outlook 2K?

    By the way, does anyone know how difficult it is to install exchange server? Does it require several hours of highly technical work, or can a user who knows how to install MS office 2000 on his computer do it?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Net Folders

    well, in addition to shane's suggestion of intranets.com, there are other similar sites. I think there is a list at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.slipstick.com>http://www.slipstick.com</A>. There are also hosted exchange servers, commonly known as ASPs. A few cost about $10 per mailbox per month, others are higher. They'll do everything for you.

    To the setup question, it's not hard to set up exchange server, but it's not as easy as installing office. More like installing NT - which it requires BTW. It's not appropriate to install it on a workstation that is used as a workstation, it needs to be on it's own machine. (you can convert a workstation, you don't *need* to buy new hardware). i'm pretty sure it needs win2k server software - you can figure on spending a few hours installing it and getting it set up, then a few more doing exchange. It's not all that techinial, more like hurry up and wait. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> You need to have some understanding of DNS, DCHP, IIS and all that server stuff - or a good book.

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    Re: Net Folders

    Create a SharePoint site and share either contacts or the calendar

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    Re: Net Folders

    This sounds interesting. Are you suggesting that the contacts that are shared will (somehow) be available to all users in OUTLOOK, or that they are just available via the web browser? I am still trying figure out all the details of sharepoint, and there is just too much information to take in at microsoft's site.
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    Re: Net Folders

    I believe that they will be available using a browser. They spoke about this at the XP Launch event I attended.

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    Re: Net Folders

    Sharepoint is not really an answer - they say they can share contacts, but there is no way to import/export from outlook. I suggested they at least add the capability of saving as vcards & vcals but i don't represent enough "seats". It is clear the sharepoint dev team doesn't have a clue about what non-exchange users need for sharing.

    there are two sharepoints - the team services for small groups (comes with office xp) and the server for large groups. i believe the server is more expensive than exchange server.

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    Re: Net Folders

    Its not about spending my hard earned wads on Exchange <img src=/S/money.gif border=0 alt=money width=17 height=15>. I just didn't think it was pratical to install 4 exchanges on 4 portables, which I think is the way XP is setup for. Old MS doesn't seemed to have provided much fuctionality with XP for us road warriors. Or should I say reduced the fuctionality

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    Net Folders (XP)

    Hi

    Currently new to Woody's Lounge so I hope this goes OK.

    I have 4 portable computers that I currently share my calander with via 'net folders'. I am cautious of upgrading to XP as I know net folders is no longer supported. Does anyone have an equal or better work around ? (I do have web space bu not my own web server)

    Many thanks in advance

    Chris Otter

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