Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Roaming Profiles?

Posted on 2003-02-26
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
I am running a Windows 2000 server with users setup for roaming profiles (all clients are w2k)

I would like Outlook 2000 to operate such that each user can login to any machine on the network allowing access to their personal folders; I am a little puzzled as to how this is achieved. (I am not using Exchange Server)

I have moved/created a pst file in the Applications Data folder in the user profiles folder on the server, which appears to work except that I now get a consistant prompt for the personal folders password every time I try to look at the contents of any folder. This occurs on any machine on which it is tried.

Can someone please point me in the right direction and confirm whether I am going about this the right way and indeed whether this is actually achievable.

Question by:rlcook
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

Accepted Solution

ildc earned 400 total points
ID: 8032581
Hi rlcook,

I had (have) the same problem. My solution for the problem is far from the best one, but it works...
I Created the pst in the local version of the roaming profile (the one you find on the c: drive after logging on). I then pointed my outlook to that pst.
Since with every logon or logoff the profile is copied to or from the local computer, the pst copies along.
Advantage : Everyone can use OL on all computers.
Disadvantages :  Due to the copying of the roaming profiles and if the pst becomes big, the logging on and off time increases. Be very aware of opening outlook at two pc's at the same time (ONLY THE PROFILE FROM THE PC YOU LOGGED OFF AT THE LAST PLACE WILL BE SAVED TO THE SERVER)
I already had the following problem:
User logs on to pc A and a while later to pc B. He opens outlook on both pc's. They both get the inital version of the profile and attached pst. He opens outlook on both pc's, receives some mails on pc one and some on pc two.
Logs off from PC A and then from pc B. All mails received in pst of PC A do not show up if he logs on again.
Solution: log on to pc A as administrator, open both pst on server and on local machine. Start copy and pasting the mails from one pst to another one.

Have fun!!
Kind Regards,

Featured Post

Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Many people use more than one email account and so it becomes difficult for them to manage them when they use separate accounts,  so, in this article, I have shared an easy way to add Other Mail Accounts in your Google Inbox. It helps to combine all…
Ever visit a website where you spotted a really cool looking Font, yet couldn't figure out which font family it belonged to, or how to get a copy of it for your own use? This article explains the process of doing exactly that, as well as showing how…
Viewers will learn the different options available in the Backstage view in Excel 2013.
The viewer will learn how to simulate a series of sales calls dependent on a single skill level and learn how to simulate a series of sales calls dependent on two skill levels. Simulating Independent Sales Calls: Enter .75 into cell C2 – “skill leve…
Suggested Courses

762 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question