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How tdo you setup access to new Public Store Folder through OWA?

I am trying to setup multiple public information stores through Exchange System Managment on Windows Server 2003, and make them available through OWA.  I have successfully created a new Pulblic Folder Tree as well as a new Public Folder Store that connects to the folder tree.  I've also setup a new HTTP Virtual Server that is supposed to point to the new public store, however, I don't konw how to access that new public store through OWA or through Outlook for that matter.  

What is the URL to be able to access that new public store?  Can I change that URL?  Thanks in advance.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition, which is what's included with SBS 2003 has a limit of One mailbox store database and one public folder store database that can be accessed by using MAPI and Outlook Web Access.  It does allow for up to four other additional Public Store databases but those are only accessible programatically.

See:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822440

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jchebatAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information.  What does it mean to be able to access it 'programatically'?  You mean through Outook?  If so, how do i access it through Outlook?  Thank you.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
"Programatically" means that you can create such additional mail stores and configure them to have functionality such as auto-responses, etc.  You would be able to access these via Outlook, not OWA.

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jchebatAuthor Commented:
Ok, final question then, how do i setup access to these folders via Outlook?  They're not located under public folders, nor can i find them when i try to open another 'users' mailbox.  Do I need to set them up as a mailbox?  Thanks again.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Actually, I do apologize, as I answered your question regarding Outlook without double-checking... per the KB article I linked above:

          " One storage group can be created on a server
          " One mailbox store database and one public folder store database that can be accessed by using MAPI and Outlook Web Access
          " Up to four more public folder store databases that are accessible only programmatically
          " Maximum 16-gigabyte (GB) database limit per database (75 GB with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2)
          " Exchange clustering is not supported
          " X.400 connector is not included

So, to clarify, "accessed by using MAPI" means Outlook... therefore, only ONE public folder store database can be accessed via Outlook.  Why do you want to use a separate store rather than the one that's there?

Jeff
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jchebatAuthor Commented:
I have two seperate groups in the organization (Staff & Board) that need to have their own public folders.  As a temporary (possibly permanant) solution, i've setup a user account for one of the groups and will be using that as their 'public store'.  I guess that'll have to suffice, but figured i'd give this forum a shot of doing what i thought i couldn't do, but i guess it just can't be done.  Thanks again.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
There's no problem at all having separate public folders... you don't need to create separate public stores though.  

Are you saying that these are accessed without user authentication?

You could easily just provide virtual directories that "redirect" to the specific public folder you want to access.

Alternatively, you could probably do all of this in SharePoint much easier.

Jeff
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jchebatAuthor Commented:
Can you provide instructions on 'redirecting' to specific public folders.  I've never used SharePoint, how easy is that to setup and administor?  
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Can you tell me your specific needs for using Public Folders in the first place?  What functionality are you trying to achieve?

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
If you're using just a Calendar, for instance, here are a number of ways to access a specific public folder directly:
http://blogs.technet.com/kclemson/archive/2003/11/04/53886.aspx

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