Making a .PST available offline...

IS there a way to make a .PST file available offline (via offline folders) ?  When XP-P synchronizes, it says that files of this type are not able to be made available offline.  I have even tried to change the file type to something else (Outlook.PST became OutlookPST.JAL) and it give another error message.

I am using Office 2003 Standard, and WinXPPSP2.

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Is there another way for me to keep two outlooks synchronized?  I use one on a desktop machine and one on a laptop.  I travel a lot and really need both machines to have the same pst.  (folders, contacts rules, etc...)  both machines a Office 2003 Standard and XPPSP2...

JALinkerAsked:
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tebacherCommented:
I'm not sure if this will work for you, but I have some users who do the same thing, with 2 different PCs and one outlook PST file.

All I've done for them is put the PST file on the network fileserver, then on each computer, I have outlook setup to use that PST file.  So, they can login on PC1, check their email, change the PST all they way, log off, then login to PC2 and check their email and get the same PST file they used on PC1.
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tebacherCommented:
This doesn't work if you want both PCs to access the PST file at the same time, obviously, but I wasn't sure if that was something you do or not.

Also, you said you travel a lot, so this may not work for you when your not on the network......
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JALinkerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick response...  The thing is is yes, I need to have this primarily on my laptop for travel, yet when I get home, also on the desktop...  therein the need for synchronizing the two pst or one on an offline folder...
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
Hi JALinker,
Yes, you can make your pst available offline. You can store your PST on the c drive and then it will always be available offline BUT it will not be backed up automatically. You will want to use some backup utility to handle that
Karen
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JALinkerAuthor Commented:
Hence the need for a way to synchronize the two that would then be in existence...
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Karen FalandaysTraining SpecialistCommented:
...well then, try this link to download an addin that will backup psts
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8B081F3A-B7D0-4B16-B8AF-5A6322F4FD01&displaylang=en
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JALinkerAuthor Commented:
nonetheless, it is a PST file that that tool backs up, and they are unavailable offline
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jabiiiCommented:
Right click on your Mailbox.  Select 'advanced', then select the 'advanced tab' .   Click on the 'offline folder file' and select 'enable offline use'.  

there are also other pst options in tools/options. or properties on pst.

and an easy way would be just put the pst in your sync folder. and sync it everytime you doc.

doc sync, undoc work offline.. doc sync.. shrugs

I use my pst offline all the time.  I also have outlook configured ot ask me if i want to work offline or connect.. if i work offline it just opens my pst and i work fine. then you would just need to sync either manualy or auto depending on where your pst is.
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JALinkerAuthor Commented:
I am not using exchange...
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jabiiiCommented:
you still have the option of setting outlook to open on or offline. no matter of what type of server. and you can even have a client configured with no email account access just a pst.

so simple no complexities. use the pst on the lapton on or offline or both, (as i do), and through it in your sync folder for when you dock. should work for you. or am i missing what your trying to do?
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