BCM Database on central SQL server?



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BCM Database on central SQL server?

Postby SnVyaWpL » Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:23:00 GMT

Hi! Our company runs SBS2003 server, clients have Office 2007 SB, includes 
also BCM.
I wanted to have a centralized database on our server as client computers 
are either not always on or are not present (notebooks) to share the DB. 
Besides, do not want to waste one Office license to run BCM "server" on one 
additional station.
I have found the "Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 Database Tool" 
provided by MS as free download. Promises to create a centralized database on 
servers where Outlook/BCM are not installed. I have also installed "SQL 2005 
Express SP2" on my SBS2003 and made sure my .NET environment is more recent 
then requested by the "Database Tool" installation program. It is 3.5 SP1 now.
After running the "Database Tools" and creating the database I also added 
On client computers however attempts to connect to the database remain 
unsuccessful. The Wizard claims there was no valid BCM database present on 
the selected server.
Have tried to work around by simply detaching the database created on one of 
client's PCs and moving it to SBS2003 server and manually attaching it there.
Suddenly the BCM DB Wizard on client computer found it but not even the 
creator could manage the database (like change client permission list, like 
who can connect and who not). Even if result was not useful, it has proven 
the SQL2005Xpress server to be visible and properly configured?
As it appears, the "Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2007 Database Tool" 
does not create a database, that would be recognized by my version of BCM as 
a valid database.
Is there any workaround? Update? Fix? Pls help!

Re: BCM Database on central SQL server?

Postby AllenM » Wed, 15 Oct 2008 00:38:44 GMT

I've just installed BCM on my SBS 2003 server with no Outlook or BCM 
installed and it works just fine. I found that if you do not type the exact 
correct infromation for the server name it will return that error. When you 
finished installing and configuring the BCM DB Tool it should have brought 
up an html page with the instructions on how to connect to the server and 
database as well as the correct server and database instance name.

Re: BCM Database on central SQL server?

Postby SnVyaWpL » Wed, 15 Oct 2008 21:50:05 GMT

Meanwhile I discovered the reason for my problems: my BCM is not in English! 
And the DB tool supports English BCM only.
Another good test that passed OK: English BCM can be installed on 
non-English Outlook 2007 and seems to work fine.
But for ease of use for my fellows here in the office, I'd rather see a hint 
how to have a centralized SQL BCM DB for non-English users. I can't imagine 
this solution would be exclusive to English speaking world!
Unfortunatelly I am not really expert in SQL DB handling. So I'd really need 
a step-by-step instruction.

Re: BCM Database on central SQL server?

Postby ThePro » Wed, 15 Oct 2008 23:28:27 GMT


I too tried to setup a french-speaking BCM on a server and the solution I
found was to install a XP VM with Outlook+BCM on Hyper-V. I guess you could
do the same with Virtual Server.


"JurijK" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote:

Re: BCM Database on central SQL server?

Postby QWxla3Nh » Sun, 02 Nov 2008 07:41:02 GMT

hat port is the SQL server running on?
BCM looks for port 5356?

Hope this helps.

"ThePro" wrote:

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