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cached Exchange mode versus offline files ?? [message #85633] Thu, 16 November 2006 17:25 Go to next message
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Registered: November 2006
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Most of the time I am in the office and I rarely have network connectivity
issues. I have a rich set of folders in my personal email box, and I have
access to many public folders. On occasion I must travel for a week or two,
and while away:
(a) I must have access to all my personal folders and all public folders
(b) I must be able to send and receive email
(c) upon return, I must get changes made to my personal and public folders
synchronized with Exchange.

In the past I have used offline files with Outlook 2000 and Exchange 2000,
and I have been able to do all 3 items above (the OST file was pretty big -
about 1 GB - but it worked ;-)

I am now using Outlook 2003 and Exchange 2003, and am about to take my first
trip. I see that I now have a choice between cached Exchange mode and
offline files. I've read a fair amount about cached mode, but I'm still not
sure what I should use.

It sounds like cached mode would be useful in an environment where you do a
lot of connecting and disconnecting (or connecting over various speeds),
where Outlook will automatically just deal with it.

Using offline files, in the past, I have used two profiles (one for in
office, another for traveling), and I only needed to update or even create
the OST file on the rare occasions when I traveled (3-4 times per year).

It sounds like cached mode is overkill for my needs, but it's hard to say.
I'd appreciate any feedback offered.

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