Shared inbox / Exchange setup strategy ?
Posted on 2003-03-17
4 workstations running on Win2000/WinXP using several external POP3 mail accounts. Both Outlook and Outlook Express are being used, buth this will change to Outlook on all workstations. The applications are set to fetch mail from the same external server every 2 minutes or so.
- ISP complains of excessive querying
- every workstation has its own PST folder
- mail will arrive at only one PC (obviously)
- unsynchronized contacts
Setting up the clients to share every mailbox so anyone can see the email history, reply history etc. Ideally, there would be one resource shared by all the workstations to avoid duplicate data.
I guess this can be achieved with Exchange, but if there are ways to set this up without Exchange (money, money, money), that would be great. (like with a free mailserver or something)
I'm planning to install a dedicated machine for centralized tasks, so this might be important for the solution
I'm not asking for a detailled step-by-step solution, just a general guide of how to set this up.
note: "Leave copy of mail on server" is not an option. This will not reduce the amount of traffic to the ISP. Furthermore, I'd like a more solid solution.
Thanks in advance.