I have an exchange 2003 server on win2k3. My clients are all XP with Outlook 2003 connected using the RPC over HTTP method (server is colocated at an isp - users are all remote - no vpn)
I like Outlook's public folder syncronization features, but i want users to be able to interact with files in the public folder as a drive letter on their local machines rather than from within Outlook. I'm looking for a way to mount a public folder.
Don't confuse this with an Exchange 2000 feature that mounted the message store as M: drive. Thats on the server side - i'm talking about on the CLIENT side.
Here's what i'm trying to accomplish:
I have 30 users who are all remote (some in different countries). I have about 10,000 word, excel, powerpoint files, subdivided into folders, that i need to make available to all 30 users. Totals about 5 gigs. I want to ensure that all 30 users have the current versions of all of these files.
I'd use folder syncronizing software, if not for the fact that i dont want to use a vpn, as some users connect through a satellite (vpn and sat don't work well together - too much latency).
So i want to use Outlook's communication (RPC over HTTP) and synronization (cached mode), but i want the results to be a folder on my c: drive.
If a user changes a file on his drive, Outlook should observe that the contents of a public folder has changed and sync it to the server, which should inturn sync it to the remaining 29 users.