How do I mirror an exchange account on another non-networked computer?

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
My company has  a Windows 2008 Small Business Server with Exchange 2007. All our email goes through the server. However, because of this, my boss is unable to get his email in Outlook on his home computer without using Outlook Web Access or remotely accessing his office computer. What he wants to do is duplicate his Exchange mailbox he has  at work on Outlook on his home computer.

I asked someone offline and they mentioned that this could be done through something called "continuous cluster replication". Is this the best way of achieving this goal? And if yes, can someone please talk me through how to do this?

Thanks very much.
Question by:Gr8Writer
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    by:Cliff Galiher
    Continuous Cluster Replication (CCR) is for clustering multiple Exchange servers. One, you'd have to *have* a second Exchange server and 2) it'd have to be hosted somewhere other than the office (technically it could be in the office, but then it becomes redundant.)  In short, *SERIOUS* overkill for what you want.

    If I read your question right, all you really want is to configure Outlook at home to talk to the Exchange server in the office. This is called "Outlook Anywhere" and is easy to set up. SBS 2008 supports this completely out of the box. All you need to do is configure Outlook on the client end to use OA and, assuming you've already configured SBS to allow RWW from the outside, the ports you need are already open on your firewall.

    If the home computer uses Outlook 2007 or 2010, you can even use another feature called AutoDiscover to make configuring outlook on that home computer trivial. To do so properly requires a minor edit to your public DNS settings, but once done, AutoDiscover will configure Outlook Anywhere for you. If you (or more accurately your boss) is using Outlook 2003 then you must manually configure Outlook Anywhere(called RPC over HTTPS in that version of Outlook.) And if he is using an older version than 2003, tell him to upgrade.

    Hope that helps,


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    by:Deepu Chowdary
    If you boss wants to check his mails even in home, You have to configure auto discover as said above.
    Also he can check his mails on multiple machines where his outlook profile is configured.
    Just go to tools--> email acc--> change or repair and click on more settings button.
    In the advanced tab there is more setting option.
    Check leave a copy on server option and apply those settings.

    Author Comment

    Thanks,Cliff and  Exchange9 for your answers.

    The last time I tried configuring the account with the "More Settings" button, Outlookt moved all the emails from my boss's office account and moved them to the home computer, so that there were no emails in the Outlook inbox in the office. It was a real bear trying to reverse the process, so I don't want to risk doing that again.

    BTW, my boss is using Outlook 2010 in the office and Outlook 2007 at home.

    How do I configure AutoDiscover mode?
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    First, just to be clear, don't confuse Outlook Anywhere with AutoDiscover. The two are complementary, but serve very different purposes.

    If you stuck to the SBS wizards during setup and your other services work from outside the office, you are already set up for OA. AutoDiscover just makes configuring OA easier.  All you need to do to get AutoDiscover working is this:

    Once you have that in place, creating a new account in Outlook that connects to Exchange via OA is near automatic (configures via email address and password alone) so taht should be everything you need. You can also use www.testexchangeconnectivity to verify autodiscover and OA are working as expected.


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    Thanks, I have to ask my IT guy to help me with this, and will let you know how it goes.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the help. I'll try that, although my IT guy suggests I try using a VPN instead.

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