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Configuring Outlook Express on LAN

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Hello,

I have 4 computers setup on LAN and all of them are online 24/7. I have one POP3 e-mail account given me by my ISP. I can view my e-mails online also from an online e-mail checking website. This means I have a limited (5mb) online storage of e-mails. When I setup this account on one computer and download the e-mails, the e-mails from the online storage are deleted. Now, I want to setup this e-mail account on all 4 computers so that I can recieve all e-mails on all of the computers. Now, I am thinking if it is possible or not because once the e-mails are downloaded from one computer, the e-mails from the online storage are deleted.

So please help me to setup one pop3 account on all 4 computers so that I can receive all the e-mails on all 4 computers.

Thankyou,
-Phud3.
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This link has the information you need...but don't follow its directions.  I merely point you here because it shows you the proper place to go and the setting.  Step 7 shows you the correct option to check when creating the pop3 account in outlook 2003 (and probably outlook 2002/XP as well).  "leave a copy of message on the server" is what you want to do.

Basically you're telling it not to "pop" your messages off the server.  It allows you to download them on multiple computers.  Watch your mailbox limit, though, because deleting a message in outlook will NOT delete it from the server in my cases (at least with pop3 settings).  Best way to delete messages will be to use your webmail service...then you know you're killing them at their source.

http://www.cae.wisc.edu/fsg/info/outlook2003_pop.html
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Well.. so that means I have to unchek the "Leave a copy of messages on the server" on the 3 pcs and on the MAIN server PC I should check the "Leave a copy of messages on the server". Right?
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No, you set this on your 3 pcs.  Basically "leave a copy of messages on the server" means that it doesn't send the signal to delete the message (or "pop" it) off the server.  That checkbox should be on your client machines.  No changes need to be made to the server unless you use outlook express on that machine to check mail also, in which case you should make the same setting change in Outlook.
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Thanks, Problem Solved. :)
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