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Hi,

we're currently running a Windows 2000 server PDC, with a domain of 6-7 computers.

My question is this,

our employees need to go from workstation to workstation and still be able to access their emails and programs on each of these machines. I've done som reading about roaming profiels but i wish to take it a bit further.

Whenever a user logs in to ANY machine on the network, i want that machien to automatically connect 4 networks drives (One drive, the P:/ drive is already done through the User properties dialog on the server) But we have 3 other network drives that are crucial in running the applications we have on our network.

Another situation we have, is that our employees should be able to access their email from any computer usign Outlook 2000. Also, their emails must not be deleted once they check it from one machine, it should "keep messages on server until deleted from any deleited items folder" this way they can check the same mails from various locations.

Can anyone supply me with some more information about the topic? Links? quetions? let me know.

Thanks.

Rohan
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On the network drives, that part is fairly straight forward.  Create a batch file and upload it to the NETLOGON share on the server.  Create the file in Notepad and save it as something like "logon.bat".  It should contain the following entries:

net use x: \\servername\sharename
net use y: \\servername\sharename
net use z: \\servername\sharename

And so on....where x,y,z are the drive letters you want to use for the network drives.

Then under their account properties, click the account tab and then put "logon'bat" into the logon script area.  As long as you upload it to the NETLOGON share, you do not need to specify a full path name for logon.bat.  If you place the file anywhere other than NETLOGON, then you will need to use the full UNC pathname like I have above.

As far as how to configure Outlook, see my advice regarding this in another thread linked below.  There are two alternatives really...store them locally, or you could use Outlook Web Access so that they could go from any system.  Storing their PST file on the network is another possibility as long as Outlook knows where to look.  You could map a home directory or something then copy the PST file to the home directory on the network, then configure Outlook to point to that network drive for its PST file.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Microsoft_Network/Q_20879447.html?query=outlook+pst+files+on+a+network&searchType=topic

James
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