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Want to use Microsoft Outlook 2000 to access my Internet Mail.

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by odau, Apr 5, 2004.

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  1. odau

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    I have two issues.

    1. How do I access my Internet Mail using Microsoft Outllook which I can do using Outlook Express and also.

    2. How do I share my pst file (personal) to have other people in the same workgroup access the personal folders (pst file) in their computers.

    Please how do I do that? Can anyone help me out on this?

    Thanks.

    ODAU

    Eddited:

    By using the helpful notes by "putasolution", I have managed to access my internet e-mail in outlook NOW.

    So my main problem now is to share the pst file in a folder so the other computers on the same workgroup can access that folder. I am having a bit of a difficulty because there is a limitation that pst files can not be accessed simulteaneously at any one time. So How can all computers access the pst file simulteaneously at any given time.

    Is there are way around this?

    Anthony.

    Thanks Putasolution for your help. Very Helpful.
     
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  3. Anne Troy

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    Anthony:

    It's not helpful to EDIT your original post. Instead, reply to the same post by hitting Post Reply at the bottom or using the quick reply box. That way, putasolution (who's quite good, I might add!) receives an email notification that he's resolved your problem. AND, your questions is bumped back up to the top of the list where others might see it and have a look.

    While I'm here, I'm going to move this to "Business Applications" since Outlook is part of Office and, hence, a "business app" more so than, say...Outlook Express. I will delete your other post since you can just continue to use this one.
     
  4. Anne Troy

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    Now, to deal with your issue.
    From one of the other PCs, in Outlook, choose File-Open-personal files folder (PST) and browse to the PST file on the *main* machine.

    Problem: You cannot have Outlook open on more than one PC at a time. PST files are NOT share-able like that.
     
  5. Bob Cerelli

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    Information on how to configure Outlook 2000 can be found at:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/app_info/outlook98.htm

    Since you already have most of the necessary information, this shouldn't be too difficult.

    Sharing a PST file, unless you have an Exchange server, it no simple task. There are some third party programs like those linked to in a previous post, but I've never found any that were all that simple or inexpensive. They can access it but not at the same time.
     
  6. odau

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    I have managed to receive mail using my machine that connects and access the internet.

    After following what I gathered from Bob, I tried to access the shared folder that contain the pst file in the XP machine using both Win 98 machines (one at a time), I can't seem to see the content of the inbox (in this case the pst file in the XP machine).

    Why is this so?

    To access this pst file (in XP machine) I have closed down Outlook on the XP machine. But still can't see the content.

    Thanks in advance.

    ODAU
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    You would have to ask MS why they made it difficult to share a PST file without having an Exchange server. Maybe that's the key.

    On the problem computer, are you certain you configured Outlook to use the exact location of the PST file. It doesn't do this by default.
     
  8. odau

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    The reason why I was able to see the content of the pst file in the XP machine is simply because I did share the file but did not allow everyone on the network to have full control over that pst file.

    Talk about carelessness.

    Anyway, I have managed to see the content of the mail box in the XP machine on the Win 98 machine and can now send and receive mail via the XP machine.

    But as you say, I have to except the limitation that pst files are not gona be simulatenaously access. It has to be accessed one at a time.

    However, What do you think about the idea of having more that one pst file in the XP machine so that the machines running Win 98 can access this pst files individually? Haven't tried it but I am thinking about trying out.

    Give me some hints on this.

    ODAU
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

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    I guess you could set up different profiles that would have the same e-mail address but simply point to different PST files. Then just configure Outlook to prompt for a profile when you start it. Not sure if that would answer all your needs but it might be a start.
     
  10. ecomel

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    Odau and I are members of the same workgroup with this problem.
    We are having limited success because we have two computers on our small network that need to be able to access the same pst file at the same time.
    (The pst file contains e-mail folders that two workstations need constant access to.)
    Would it be possible to make a shadow copy of the main pst file and set up a macro to update the shadow copy every time the original pst file is altered (ie with new incoming or outgoing mail.) This would at least allow a second computer to read the shadow copy while the original is in use by another computer. Even better, could the macro update the original pst file every time the shadow copy is changed too?

    Just an idea but I would have no notion how to do it.
     
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