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Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:07 AM

Does anyone know how I could store a .olm on a network drive and access it via Outlook for Mac? Is that possible? I'm looking for something similar to the "On My Computer" option that seems to store stuff in ~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/...
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:08 AM

Moved to Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X.
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:15 AM

Outlook keeps its datafile at

~\Documents\Microsoft User Data\Office 2011\Identities... blah blah

Just move the file to your network location.
The place an alias to it in the correct location.

Mac's are good at accepting the alias as the real thing transparently, far better than Windows does with it's shortcuts.
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:26 AM

Awesome, thanks!
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

After you have done it and confirmed that Outlook is happy with it would you drop a note here for the next person that stumbles across this thread?
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:05 AM

This actually didn't work unfortunately. I move the stuff over to the network drive, create an alias in its place, but Outlook complains and tries to rebuild the db. I've tried moving just the folder that contains mail (contacts, etc are less important), but it still complains.
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Re: Outlook for Mac, storing mail on a network drive

Posted 13 June 2012 - 05:07 AM

Did you remove the word alias from the file name after you put it in the correct location?
"somfile.some_extension alias" => "somfile.some_extension"
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