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Sharing outlook 2003 contacts on a P2P network

Discussion in 'Networks' started by steve_p1981, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. steve_p1981

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    Hi guys,
    not been on in a while due to having a baby and he's great but taking over my life! :-)
    My boss has decided he wants me to share the outlook 2003 contacts with our other pc's i've exported as an excel file and imported it for now but he wants it to update them all when one is changed.
    I have a feeling i need to get exchange to do this and set up each pc with it's own account. I've seen 3rd party stuff online but the demos don't make it any faster / easier than doing the export thing as they need you to set up email addresses for each machine and then it emails them the updates that then have to be downloaded!
    If I am to run exchange I think i'll have to convince him to get another desktop to use as a server and put AD and exchange on it. Does anyone have any solution so that i don't have to do this as buying a new PC and running that software seems expensive just to share a contacts folder.

    Cheers in advance.
     
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  2. LukeP

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  3. Gav

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    I'd take a look at Office 365. If you just opt for the Exchange Online aspect, it's something like £4/user/month.

    Setting up your own Exchange Server / AD Domain (which is really not a good thing to do on the same server, unless you virtualise) will probably end up working out a lot more expensive (licensing, hardware, power etc.) and won't be resilient.
     
  4. LukeP

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    If I was to suggest running exchange in-house it would be SBS. It's got an AD and Exchange on the same server and for most small businesses it's more than enough. It's also bit easier to set up and maintain.

    AD and Exchange on the same server is not necessarily such a bad idea. You save on licensing in exchange for security. You will need one beefy server instead of... one beefy server (for Exchange) and one half-decent (for a DC). This again leaves you with a single point of failure because when DC is down Exchange doesn't work. So you might as well save some money and put it on one box.

    The only technical problem I'm aware of was the fact that if Exchange 2003 (don't know about later versions) was installed on a DC then it would never use another DC in a domain (Global Catalog). This meant that if the DC (with Exchange) installed stopped working for some reason, Exchange wouldn't use the other DC. I don't know if this has changed or not but realistically, the chances that a Active Directory will die on the server, but the server will stay up and host Exchange, are pretty slim.

    My 2 pence
     
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  5. Sparky
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    How many users do you have on the network mate? This can influence if you need a server or not.

    Have you tried sharing a folder with a .pst file in it with the contacts you need?
     
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  6. steve_p1981

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    There are 5 and sometimes 6 if boss brings in his laptop computers on the network but it's not set up with logins etc as we don't have a server. I thought of sharing a.pst file but then only wouldn't the 1st pc to open the file be able to edit? I know that is how word files work plus I'm not sure how to direct outlook to use the contacts file from a certain folder other than what it uses by default. Would a normal desktop be ok running sbs with exchange and AD I case he wants to go that way?
     
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  7. Sparky
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    No - you need a low spec server to run SBS 2011. Worth the investment though.
     
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  8. steve_p1981

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    i think it would be good to have. I have 2 problems, the first being space to put it and no climate control to keep it running well and the second is a tight arsed boss that thinks you can run a main vehicle dealership on 10 year old PCs running (at most) 1gb ram and pentium 3 processors. He often askes me why the ones that are most used keep slowing down to a crawl, guess what i tell him. lol
     
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    if you just buy a pedastool server (hp ml11x or something I wouldn't worry about climate control for a single server just keep it somewhere relatively clean and has good cable links to the rest of the building.
     
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  10. Sparky
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    In some small offices I support the SBS is under a desk! :)
     
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  11. steve_p1981

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    ha that's great! i have this nasty habbit of wanting to do things properly and get frustrated when others dont as it makes more work for me in the end. I'll run it past him about a pedestool server but i fear this will go the same way as most of the other things that he wants done and end up getting ignored.
     
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  12. Sparky
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    Well you can only make the suggestion mate. If not then keeping those Pentium 3 PCs ticking over is the plan! :)
     
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  13. steve_p1981

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    yeah tell me about it! it keeps me quiet so i can't moan too much. Just wish i had some nicer kit to play with and learn on then maybe i could land myself a proer IT job lol
     
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