DAVID39 20:11 20 Feb 2004

I have three PCs in a peer to peer network, though one of the three acts as server for the group as well as a workstation. I have Outlook 2003 on all machines, and rather thought OI could run a shared diary system across the network

However it looks as if I have to have soemthing called Microsoft Exchange Server. Can anyone tell me what this might be please? Is it simply a further piece of software to install on my "server" machine, and does anyone know if it works on simple peer to peer networks?

Any help gratefully received!


  Paranoid Android 20:29 20 Feb 2004

"Can anyone tell me what this might be please?"

Expensive !

Exchange server is the grown up version of microsoft exchange for mail handling. It does the job of a proxy and more. All the client machines would use Outlook in the normal way, except that they would be in a client-server relationship with exchange server instead of peer-to-peer.

This is unlikely to be worth your while for a small network, but I have seen it done.

However you need to be clear about the nature of your network, either it's peer-to-peer or it has a server and clients. Servers serve, workstations work. Trying to combine the two usually causes problems.


  Taran 20:55 20 Feb 2004

click here for general info and a whole boatload of third party software solutions to part or all of the problem.

  DAVID39 20:52 21 Feb 2004

Thanks very much for the information and advice. Older and wiser now!


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