Sharing an inbox accross XP user accounts

Is there a way to share an inbox and folder system 
accross windows xp user accounts? (both admins and 
limited users)


Outlook 2000 SP3
Windows XP SP1
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8/6/2004 6:28:42 AM
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Cameron <> wrote:

> Is there a way to share an inbox and folder system
> accross windows xp user accounts? (both admins and
> limited users)

Provided the PST isn't open simultaneously by more than one user, yes.  In
an Administrator account, with Outlook closed in all accounts, move the PST
you want to the the master PST (usually located in the hidden folder
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook) to a"Shared
Documents" (which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents)
or a subfolder thereof.  Then restart Outlook.  When it complains about not
finding the folder file, browse to that shared PST, select it, and click
Open.  You should see the folders as they originally were.

Now, assuming Outlook has been configured already for each of the other
users, log in (not starting Outlook) and rename the PST file (if it exists)
to some other name, keeping it in the same folder and keeping the ".pst"
file type.  When Outlook complains, browse to the shared PST, select it, and
click OK.  That PST should not appear.  After you've done this for each
user, all will be using the shared PST.  All will have the same messages,
Contacts, etc.  Each person can also add in the old PST that was renamed and
have not only the shared PST for the main delivery, but a private set of
folders as well, to which s/he can move messages to be kept but that won't
interest the other users (or that the other users shouldn't see).
Brian Tillman

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8/6/2004 2:45:03 PM

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