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Sharing NK2 files across multiple clients

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Hi,

OUTLOOK2003 client.

Our CEO uses multiple clients. Eg. One in the office, home, remote site etc. He is computer illierate and most things are too difficult so my solution needs to be as simple as possible.

When he uses the 1st Client (C1) and adds a new entry into the NK2 file he is happy. However, when he then goes home, there is no entry for it on that client (C2).

I can't find anyway that I can use a common NK2 file or move it freely through the clients without a usb key, emailing it or something similar. I dare not offer this to him.

I have managed to write a quickie in VB. When a client boots up I get the file from an FTP site, poll every 3 seconds, find an instance where Outlook is no longer running and then punt back the file to the FTP site. Installed on every client, this wouldn't be an issue but it is frought with danger. What happens when a client is left open in Outlook and he jumps on another client elsewhere? There is a chance that the files will be out of sync. Polling every 3 seconds - clumsy and ugly. If I can't get access to the FTP site, whilst I am trapping this as an error, it still misses that instance etc etc.

Has anyone got any ideas about this? Is there an easier way? Is there anything tidier that I can do to eliminate any of the issues?

All comments would be gratefuly received.

With thanks,
Martin
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You could possibly redirect the folder containing it, but it wont help the Home PC.... This is one of those files not intended for use on multiple pc's.....
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Thanks for the reply.
From what I understand, you cannot relocate the default NK2 file unless I am mapping the home drive for the domain and moving the my documents onto the share.

However, the problem is that each site has a different method of "Domaining" - 1 site has a windows domain, the second has a Linux "workgroup" and, of course, at home he has nothing at all.

I think that the best I can do is to do the ugly ftp thing and wait for the excrement to hit the rotating air aggitator when it goes pear shaped. Either that or suffer the moaning and groaning on a daily basis.
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I think at this point the user (I understand the high visibility of his position, and hence the importance of a good solution), but there comes a time where they have to be told, that No, thats not possible. And for something as simple of having to type an additional email address, instead of just hitting ENTER, well, that goes way beyond the call of duty. I think you have made a valiant effort to produce an outcome that MS says cant be done, and that he should be able to be happy with it....

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Yep. You are 100% correct. There comes a time when NO is the appropriate answer, however, we have told him that for the past 4 years and he thinks it's wearing thin. He is a difficult customer and I guess, by throwing it out here, I was hoping to at least get some validation to it all.

Thanks John, and thanks for the words of encouragement. From here on in, I feel happy that I tried the best I could :)

Regards,
Martin
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Thanks. Good enough for me.
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