how can one change the default store folder to network share folder



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how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby gs » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 11:53:34 GMT

The default folder for outlook is <documetn and settings 
root>\username\Local Settings\Application 
Data\Identities\{identityID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express
using tools, options, maint tab, store folder tab will not let me.

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby DGuess » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:00:33 GMT

Did you create the folder first that you want to use?

You say it's not letting you, are you restarting OE?

What is it telling that it won't let you do this? Any mesages?

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby Ron Sommer » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:11:37 GMT

These questions don't require an answer.
The answer is you can't change the OE store folder to a network share 
OE was not designed to use a network share folder.
Ron Sommer 

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby DGuess » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:26:08 GMT

Should have read the subject line instead of the text in the message then 

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby gs » Sun, 25 Jun 2006 15:33:59 GMT

thank you all.

I was hoping there was some registry hack that I can get around that.

I just may have to get another newsreader and  hotmail client.  I am trying 
not to bloat the VHD with outlook express data and also the safety of data 
preserved on the Virtual server host

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby techguyinnj » Sat, 01 Jul 2006 10:41:31 GMT

The answer is simpler than you'd think.  I've been doing it for about 4 
years and I have numerous PCs all capable of checking my mail on the same 
folder on my server. The one BIG catch is that you can only access that 
shared folder (holding all your .dbx folders) by ONE PC at a time.  NEVER 
try to open mail on the shared folder by more than one at a time or you'll 
automatically change back to the default location.

The answer regedit and search for "store root".  See it showing 
your current folder location?  Just edit that line to reflect the new 
network store location you want, exit regedit, and copy the .dbx folders to 
the location you just specified.  Now start OE and there it is.  Now close 
OE and go do the same thing on another PC in your house/business.  Open OE 
there and by golly there's the same mail folders you saw 5 minutes earlier 
on a different PC.

I've never found anything anywhere that tells folks how to do this.  It's 
like they're trying to keep it a secret.  And you definitely can't do this 
under the maintenance tab for store folder.  Good luck,

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby Jim Pickering » Sat, 01 Jul 2006 11:12:58 GMT

We've gone over this many times in the past.  There are those who will try 
anything even though it is not recommended.  The problem is the potential 
for corruption of the message store is increased, there is the possiblity 
that if the network share is not available when a user opens Outlook 
Express, a new message store will be created and it will be completely 
empty, which can alarm an unwary user.  We've had one user who used to post 
his "advice" to users who've asked this question in the past.  But Chris has 
not been around for quite some time and I don't even know if he is still 
using the method he recommended earlier.

FWIW, his advice can be found in this posting on Google, and you should be 
warned that you are doing something that can cause you to lose your stored 
messages and I would not recommend it.
 http://www.**--****.com/ %40tkmsftngp09
Jim Pickering, MVP, Outlook Express
Please deliver feedback to the newsgroup, so that others can be helped.

Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby Steve Cochran » Sat, 01 Jul 2006 20:28:21 GMT

The hack has been around since OE4.  The point is that it always results in 
message loss.

This self-proclaimed "tech guy" is doing people a disservice by repeatedly 
posting this information.


Re: how can one change the default store folder to network share folder

Postby gs » Fri, 07 Jul 2006 08:37:29 GMT

I could see there is potential message loss except in narrow circumstance 
where the message store is not critical.  If OE is used as news reader only 
or on web email (hotmail) from a non production vpc VM on a standalone 
physical host, the loss is no big deal and actually may  delay VHD 

admittedly, a better newsreader client could be used but that means 
installing another program on the vm

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