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I will be using a laptop on the road and only occasionally entering the office. We are using Exchange Server 5.0 and currently have mailboxes which reside on the server. What is the best way for me to send & receive mails when in/out of the office using Outlook?  How do I set this up? Any articles you can point me to?
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Go to http://support.microsoft.com/support. Search under product "Microsoft Exchange 5.0" and enter "RAS" as keyword. I think the 49th document will do the trick for you.

In a nutshell:

(on your NT Exchange server)
You must install RAS (Remote Access Service) on your NT Exchange server (also establish a TCP/IP assignment for remote callers).

You must have a modem and phone line installed and attached to the NT server.

(on your laptop)
Install the latest version of Outlook.

In Control Panel, click the Mail and Fax icon and setup a profile for yourself. (when you are prompted for the services you want, click off everything but Microsoft Exchange Server).

-Make sure your modem is installed properly.
-Add Dial-up Networking to your workstation. Setup the phone number of the NT server modem.

In the Networking icon in Control Panel, install the Microsoft Network client. Add TCP/IP (should automatically bind to the Dial-up Network adapter). Make sure you enter the domain name you want to login to.
 Save everything and reboot.

Use the Dial-up Networking folder under My Computer to dial in. Type in your Windows NT Exchange name and password. You should connect. When you do, then start outlook. It should find your email stuff.

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Thanks for your quick response. Not quite sure what you mean by "establish a TCP/IP assignment for remote callers" - please explain.  I also could not find the document under http://support.microsoft.com/support - what is it's title? Finally, in Exchange I have read about "remote mail" and "off-line" folders - which do you propose I use?  Your advice is really helpful so far; thanks.
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The title of the document is "How to Implement the Dynamic RAS Connector over TCP/IP".

I hink the following address will take you there directly: http://support.microsoft.com/support/exchange/content/whitepapers/dras.asp

When I said establish a TCP/IP protocol assignment for remote users, I was referring to the setup of a TCP/IP Address Pool. When you dial in to your office, you will have to have a TCP/IP address. If you properly establish a small pool of addresses on your Exchange server, the server will automatically give you one of the addresses from the address pool.

Remote mail - offline folders. Since you said you will rarely go into the office, use Remote Mail. Also, I personally would want to be constantly online whenever I dialed into my office. I would also want to have access to my office's file server. (if you have Netware at your office, you will have to install the Netware Gateway on your server, and IPX compatible protocol on your workstation to access Novell file servers.)
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Thanks very much for your help and an exceptional response!
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Pleasure. This place is great.
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