Sharing Outlook Data on a NAS

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Marts

I'm going to set up a Network Attached Storage device on my home network soon.

We have multiple PCs and laptops in the house. I'm wondering, am I able to

configure Outlook on each computer to look for the data files on a specified

directory on the NAS's hard disk?

I'm hoping to set up a poor man's version of MS Exchange, in that no matter

which computer that I log into, each installation of Outlook will have the same

message base, attached files, contacts and so on.

I do realise that only one session of Outlook should be running at any one time,

too.

What would be nice if some of the higher end NASes had some sort of exchange

server software built in. They now come with FTP servers, Bittorrent clients,

media servers and so on. An email server setup for what I am trying to do would

be great.
 
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Roady [MVP]

Connecting to a pst-file stored on a network share is not supported nor

recommended by Microsoft as it could lead to poor performance, data

corruption or even data loss.

You could ask your ISP if they support IMAP or have an Hosted Exchange

offer. There are other providers who offer mail services as well of course,

which you can use.

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"Marts" <marts@ymail.com> wrote in message

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> I'm going to set up a Network Attached Storage device on my home network
> soon.

> We have multiple PCs and laptops in the house. I'm wondering, am I able to
> configure Outlook on each computer to look for the data files on a
> specified
> directory on the NAS's hard disk?

> I'm hoping to set up a poor man's version of MS Exchange, in that no
> matter
> which computer that I log into, each installation of Outlook will have the
> same
> message base, attached files, contacts and so on.

> I do realise that only one session of Outlook should be running at any one
> time,
> too.

> What would be nice if some of the higher end NASes had some sort of
> exchange
> server software built in. They now come with FTP servers, Bittorrent
> clients,
> media servers and so on. An email server setup for what I am trying to do
> would
> be great.
>
 
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Marts

Roady [MVP] wrote...


> Connecting to a pst-file stored on a network share is not supported nor
> recommended by Microsoft as it could lead to poor performance, data
> corruption or even data loss.


Fair enough. But can it be done?

And where's the problem with data loss/corruption?


> You could ask your ISP if they support IMAP or have an Hosted Exchange
> offer.


It doesn't. I've already inquired. It said that it doesn't wish to host

terabytes of customers' data on its email servers. Thing is, it's not a huge ISP

and the number of people who'd request this service would be few. That said, it

doesn't offer it.

I tried Google's IMAP service as discussed here earlier. But it wasn't a very

good experience with it doing weird things with Outlook.


> There are other providers who offer mail services as well of course,
> which you can use.


Which I've yet to find. And being for home use I don't really wish to pay a

premium for it. Hence the question about using a NAS device.
 
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Gordon

"Marts" <marts@ymail.com> wrote in message

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> Roady [MVP] wrote...
>
> > Connecting to a pst-file stored on a network share is not supported nor
> > recommended by Microsoft as it could lead to poor performance, data
> > corruption or even data loss.


> Fair enough. But can it be done?


Yes.



> And where's the problem with data loss/corruption?


Outlook needs constant read/write access to the pst file - hence you can

only access one pst file with one instance of Outlook at any one time.

All it needs is one TINY blip in the network while Outlook is

reading/writing the pst file and bingo! corrupt data.

If you MUST go down this route then you need to make backup copies of any

pst files on a network drive VERY frequently.
 
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