Shared access to Outlook 2007 PST file

Outlook 2007 opens PST files read/write exclusive access once they are added as archives.  I am looking for a solution that allows other users to open the same PST file read-only to access Emails and attachments.  If this is not possible, an alternative would be an application that would import the PST file (at a time when it is not currently in use) and save it in another location that allows viewing of Emails and attachments by multiple users.  Are there any suggestions?
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You cannot open PST file at the same time from two or more desktops or two or more windows profile sessions on the same desktop.

You can only share the mailbox directly from the exchange server, but be aware that you will experience very poor performance if you are sharing the mailbox between different outlook versions (Ex. 2007, 2010, 2013 at the same time).
Karl Timmermans (Outlook MVP)PrincipalCommented:
Outlook 2007 opens PST files read/write exclusive access once they are added as archives

Just for the sake of accuracy - not just '2007 and not just related to "archive" files - applies to any PST file open in an Outlook profile.

In reference to alternatives, you may want to explore different "PST Viewer" apps which may allow multiple users to access the same file at the same time. Seriously doubt you're going to find anything that "imports" PST files into a multi-user database not to mention the added requirement of handling attachments.

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an6543Author Commented:
The only one I was able to find was CoolUtils Outlook Viewer.  It is a bit clumsy, but for that it was free of charge.  I was not able to find any other PST viewers, whether free, shareware, or for a normal license fee.
Karl Timmermans (Outlook MVP)PrincipalCommented:
Not sure why you'd have any problems finding a myriad of PST viewers that are available. Just did a quick search using the phrase "Outlook PST Viewer" and there was no shortage of results. Don't have any kind of particular favorite which is why am not suggesting anything in particular.
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