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Using my Outlook pst file from multiple locations on multiple computers.

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Hello experts,

Here's my little problem:

I am using Outlook 2002 for email, contacts, calendar and tasks. I am very obsessed with organization and I take good care of my outlook personal folder (a 150MB pst file). I have contacts organized into categories, POP3 email organized into different folders etc...

I am using a desktop pc at home and a laptop at the office.


What I want to do:
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I want to have all my email, contacts, tasks, calendar in ONE place, in one pst file. If I move an email to a folder (at home), I don't want to move it again when I go to the office. I will NOT be using both computers at the same time.

I do NOT want to save the pst file to an external device and carry it around, and I do NOT want to sync between the two computers via a Palm PC.



What I am thinking...
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How about a webserver? Would it work if I used a 3rd machine as a webserver and kept a single pst over there? I am not talking about MS Exchange, but rather a machine running Windows Advanced Server 2000 with IIS. What about security? Is it possible to read/write to a pst file over the internet?  How much of a hassle would it be (DSL on both sides).

The points will go to the expert(s) that will provide a good solution/discussion, preferably something PROVEN to work.
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How to find the folder where my Outlook file is stored?
How to share the folder my Outlook-file is stored in via LAN?
http://www.synchpst.com/support.htm#How%20to%20share%20the%20folder%20my%20Outlook-file%20is%20stored%20in%20via%20LAN

UNABLE TO SHARE OUTLOOK.PST OVER HOME NETWORK
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_20659957.html

CREATING .PST FILES FOR TWO PEOPLE
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Miscellaneous/Q_20682773.html

Pete
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by:gekz
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Hmm... I am looking at the second link (comment from safetyboy) you gave me, PeteLong:

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Comment from safetyboy
Date: 06/26/2003 05:34AM EDT  Comment  

1. Work out which computer you want to share the PST file on.
2. Get the PST out of wherever it is, and put it in a folder in the root of your hard drive (c, d, whatever) called shared.
3. Redirect outlook on your server computer to look at the file in the new location.
3. Share the folder as "Shared".
4. Make sure network clients have access to it:
       98/ME - make sure that in the sharing tab there is no password for read/write
       2000 - under the sharing tab, give everyone full permission, under the security tab give everyone full permission
       XP - Ensure the "Allow network users to change files" checkbox is ticked
5. Make sure that each computer logs on using exactly the same username and password
6. Map the share on the client computer ("net use o: \\servername\shared" /persistent:yes)
7. Ensure that when you try to open outlook on a client that no other outlooks are open - you cannot access a PST file more than once at a time.
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I am thinking that it could work for me. Now the biggest concern is SECURITY. The server would be on DSL 24/7 and we are talking about sensitive info here! Also, do we have any indication about speed? I wouldn't want to wait 15 hours to open outlook and check my emails...
 
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by:Pete Long
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Not tried it myself, I would guess it depends in the link speed (in your case this is good) and file size?

Pete
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File size is around 150MB
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