We're running Microsoft Standard Server 2003. Our e-mail is hosted by a 3rd party and is POP3 (not IMAP or Exchange).
The MS Server 2003 is acting as our primary domain controller. All of our client PC's log on to the PDC and have their "My Documents" folder mapped to the server. The idea is to have one computer (the server) to back up and to allow anyone to pretty much go to *any* computer in the office, log in, and have all their documents available.
The problem: everyone is using Outlook as their e-mail program, including people with laptops. Outlook is saving to a .PST file on the local hard drive. As far as we can tell, you *can't* put the .PST file on a shared/offline drive (thus allowing it to be sync'd and backed up like all the other files in "My Documents").
But I found this: http://blogs.onenw.org/kb/archives/000314.html
the linked ms kbase seems to indicate that you can do it, just that they don't recommend it...but why?
Basically the whole idea is to have people be able to access all the files in "my documents" *and* most importantly, their Outlook stuff, even if the server/network is down and/or they're away from the office (laptop users). and/or, to allow people to go to ANY computer, log in as them, and have access to all their files and e-mail.
Currently we *do* have "my documents" set up that way. We're just running into problems with Outlook's .pst. Is there a way to make PST and/or the desktop folder into an offline file/folder or the equivalent? By the way, moving to an Exchange server is *not* an option at this time.