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Currentely our Email client is Miscrosoft Outlook 2003, And i want that one profile of outlook can easily be accessed by many clients on local area network so that all incomming email of any one email id can be replied by many users who are also using email client Miscrosoft Oulook 2003, And the database of email should be on central server not on clients hard-disks

If for this i have to install Exange server then please tell step by step process how to install it and confugure it and also tell me what changes will i have to do on Miscrosoft Outlook 2003  so that all the
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Exchange is only one principle to gain the goals you need. But according to your knowledge and experience, I would not suggest you to go with Exchange, since it is far from easy to manage. Also, Exchange is quite an expensive product.

Now, the second way to obtain your goal is to configure your Outlook clients to leave mail on server, and delete only after mail is removed from Trash.
To do so, you go into properties of your account in EACH Outlook (I assume it is POP3 mailbox), select Advanced, and (I think) under Connection tab you will se a checkbox to "Leave mail on server" and "Remove mail after it is deleted from trash"

If you configure all clients such way, all may read mail from the same account, and all may respond.
The side effect is that clients will NOT see "Sent mail" of other users, and they will not know, who answered to which mail.

The third way would be to go with some 3rd party instant mail server or some groupware, which prices start at approx. 100US$ and up, depending on number of users. Such a program has POP3 client on one side (for downloading mail) and Exchange connector on other, so all your clients may connect to it as to Exchange Server and have all folders fully synchronised.
The caveat is that such a sollution is only usabel inside your LAN, while you cannot use it for clients outside your network.

If you need additional instructions or explanations, feel free to ask, but also provide us with more details, such as:
- how many users you have
- your network
- are you in workgroup environment or in Active Directory domain
- how is your mail handled now (POP3, IMAP...)
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