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Posted on 2001-09-10
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A coworker has a Windows 2000 box that was originally set up with just the administrative user. The Outlook inbox was configured under that login. Outlook's data files were redirected to be in c:\outlookdata.

Later the user created another Windows user login, and set up Outlook to access the same e-mail account.

The trouble is: e-mails that have been downloaded while logged in as the administrator are not visible when logged in as the other user, and vice versa, though they come from the same e-mail account.

Is there any way to make these two Windows logins share one Outlook inbox?

My initial suggestion was to give up on Outlook and use Pegasus, but he's hoping there will be a way to do this.

Any suggestions?

Thanks -- b.r.t.
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by:BozzoCage
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Outlook or Outlook Express?
You can "merge" them simply by IMPORTING all messages from old location.

Two users can share same inbox if they use same folder/.pst file. If you need help setting anyone of these, just say so.

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 BozzoCage
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by:BarryTice
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BozzoCage --

It's Outlook Express 2000.

Is the .pst file the same as the .dbx file in 2000? (e.g. inbox.dbx) How do you point them to the same file?

Thanks.
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No, it isn't the same. Outlook stores EVERYTHING in one large file (.pst), while OE stores each "mail folder" in different .dbx file.

OK, for OE:
Tools->Options->Maintenance->Store Folder.
Both accounts must point to same folder.

If he wont use old account anymore, he can simply import old messages using:
File->Import->Messages->Microsoft Outlook Express x->Import mail from an OEx store directory.

Since you'r posting in W2k area - make sure both account has read/write access to specific folder.

Regards,
  BozzoCage
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by:BarryTice
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Thanks, BozzoCage.

He says he'll try it tonight and let me know tomorrow. You'll hear from me then.

-- b.r.t.
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by:BarryTice
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Right on the money, BozzoCage. Thanks for the help!
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You'r welcome ;)
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