Windows 7 Shared Contacts Folder on Server / Win7 Fax Client
Posted on 2011-02-17
Windows 7 Pro/64 Clients
SBS 2008 Server
Since Microsoft decided that the Windows 7 Fax Client "didn't really need" to use Outlook Contacts for it's address book, and instead uses Windows Contacts - it makes it difficult in an SBS Corporate Environment to maintain a common address book (such as a Public Folders master contact list on Exchange).
I had one client that exported all his "shared contacts" then imported them into each users "Windows Contacts" folder, which creates the need to do this again (and again, and again) - every time a contact gets added or modified in the "master contacts". It's relatively easy for this one particular client, having only 5 users on his SBS LAN - but most of my larger clients have 25-50 users.
I'm looking for a way (likely registry key mod), to point all my Windows 7 clients to a "common" folder on a server share, so that a "master fax contacts" can be created, shared and updated amongst all the users in the office environment.
I COULD get into a rant (for all the good that would do) on how stupid it is to make "shared fax server" an integrated part of the SBS Environment (made for Windows 7 - yeah, right) - then not provide a way for the Windows 7 Fax client to access contacts in Outlook/Exchange.
Suggestions on a workaround to make this work are what I'm seeking here - the most logical approach to which, is a common Win7 Contacts folder on a share, and directing the clients to use THAT FOLDER.
Thanks in advance - Regards to all...
Richard Stern Consulting