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Sharing Netscape Mail folder on Ethernet running VICOM

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I have set up a VICOM gateway on a PM 7350/200 servicing 5 (soon to be 10) Netscape client Macs (varying vintages). The company has only one email account, and I have set up the mail "postoffice" shared folder on the server (moved it out of the system folder), and set the incoming mail folder preference on each Netscape installation to point to that shared mail folder.  Problem is, some machines keep defaulting back to a it's own local mail folder, fragmenting the email inbox distribution across the network until discovered and corrected again.
Q1: Is it workable to have this arrangement as it stands or do I need some other add-in to have it work successfully?
Q2: Will a user be locked out of the mail folder if it is currently being accessed by another user?

Many thanks in advance - very urgent...

John
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Netscape will recreate the default mail folder if its configured file cannot be opened (when the file is busy on the server, or the server is not mounted).

Answer for #1:  On each client machine, configure Netscape to once again use the default mail folder.  In each folder, place two *aliases* that points to the files "Inbox" and "Inbox.snm" that resides on the server, making sure the aliases have the same name as the original items.

Answer for #2:  Mutiple users can access the same folder at the same time, but we are dealing with files in this scenario...  The first person to open a file on the server will have an exclusive lock on the file until he is done (granted if Netscape actually keeps the file open).

This solution will:
    * prevent simultaneous access to the same file
    * put up a password dialog if the server is not mounted
    * prevent Netscape from creating a new Mail preference (applications generally will not overwrite existing folders or files, which are aliases in this case)
    * if the "Inbox" file is already opened by someone else, a "cannot open file" error will show up.

While the above solution should work given the circumstances, it is a poor solution at best.  You should really set up a true multi-user system.  Does your company have a domain?  Does your ISP charge an arm and a leg for multiple addresses?
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