outlook: keep contacts local/private

Dear experts -
I'm on MS Outlook, which syncs with our company server.
Is there some way I can keep my contacts private?
Or keep a separate, local contacts file that I can view while in Outlook and NOT have this sync with the server?
I'm trying to see if there's a simple way to do this without going through the corporate bureaucracy, since I don't want to make my private information accessible.
Thanks -
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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:

Easiest way is to me sounds like adding a normal pop3 account to outlook and keep your private contacts under that account, it wont communicate with Exchange.
terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
but isn't there some way to create only a local contact PSD file and have it open at the same time as the main (synchronized) profile?
David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
There are several ways to accomplish that.

But the easy one is edit you contact and in the top tool bar is a lock that turns the contact private.

You don't mention what is the version of Outlook you are using, but the option I mention is available for 2007 and latest ones.

Hope this could help you.

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Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:

Yes you can create a local PST file but if you do it under the exchange account i am not sure Outlook wont update with exchange...

@granwizard, isnt this option ment for (not) sharing some contacts with other people who have permissions to your adressbook and still syncs with exchange?
David Paris VicenteSystems and Comunications  Administrator Commented:
The best way is always threw a PST file, but the exchange organization could have a policy to not let create PST files.

When you make a private contact nobody can see your contact unless they have permissions to do so.

Outlook is always syncing even if you have or not new contacts or mail or calendar.
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
PST file is the only option.  Create a PST file, create a folder to contain contacts (call it private or personal), right click on it and select options to show contacts and this way when you select to compose email, click on To, and in the drop-down box select contacts from your private/personal contacts list.
Patrick BogersDatacenter platform engineer LindowsCommented:
I agree BUT... this post made me think.
If someone in my company decided to have personal stuff on their laptop (supplied, paid for and maintained by the office) and i would get the order to investigates in this i would simply connect to the users harddrive and download all stuff which makes me able to read it after all.

Best way to keep your private stuff away from system administrators in your work is to keep it on your private computer or somewhere in the cloud like Gmail or Hotmail.

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terpsichoreAuthor Commented:
great exchange of ideas. thanks.
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