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I would like to know how to share a Personnal distribution list between different profiles around a mini network?  At the momment I seem to have mailbox.pab file which contains this data on each machine but if I put it on the network with share rights Outlooks stop more than one user attaching to it at one time.  How do I get around this?  All I want to do is use the same groups from more than one PC. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You will not be able to share the PAB in that manner. It is not designed as a shareable item and that is why any connection to it after the first one fails.

You have a few choices, though. You could use NetFolders if you are using Outlook98. It is free and on the Outlook98 CD. That will allow you to share a common Contact folder and you can create a simulated distribution list to accomplish your goal.

Your other choice pretty much boils down to either continually copying your primary PAB to the other desktop machines when an update has occurred (which is probably the easiest thing to do if the network is really small) or you could use Excel and VBA to maintain your distribution list.

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Not quite sure how this work?????? Where is Netfolders how do I make all machines point to them???????? If you could briefly explain it would be a great help.  Thank you
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Slipstick has put up a page with excellent instructions on how to implement NetFolders:
http://www.slipstick.com/outlook98/new/netfolders.htm

MS has this KB article on the subject:
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q179/5/09.asp

But, I don't think you'll have to go further than the slipstick site. It really is a complete treatise on the subject.

Of course, to use it you must be using Outlook98 as I mentioned before. While you are out at the slipstick page on NetFolders, be sure to explore the whole site. They really have a lot of good information on Outlook including a page on some very cool add-ins.

Darin
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