Using Outlook 2007 with BCM on an Exchange 2007 server

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Microsoft Exchange 2007
Microsoft Outlook 2007
I want to implement Oulook 2007 with BCM and allow all users to share the same BCM database. Are there any problems with installing Outlook 2007/BCM on the Exchange Server, and then creating and sharing the BCM database from the server?  The server based Outlook 2007 client would not be used for receiving email, only acting as a source for the BCM database. 



Software/Hardware used:
Windows Server 2003 Standard R2 x64, Exchange 2007

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Instead of using BCM why not create a folder in the public folders to use as a shared contact list.

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  • btempleton
    I would like to expand on MRdenny's answer. We do what he suggests. We have a company contacts database in the Public Folders that contains 4000+ records. This is on Exchange 2003. It works very well and my users constantly use it. It is probably the most important data store in the company. The one problem I have is backup. I need to be able to restore an individual contact within that database as well as the whole Information Store. We are currently using Acronis which claims it can do that, but actually sees only 3 recoreds and can restore only 3 records of the 4000 records. So I am shopping for a different backup solution. I have not tried BCM so I don't know if you would run into the same issues, but I thought you should weigh your backup issues as part of the decision. The other problem is that I cannot export the data from the contacts database or actually work with the data to write my own queries. I think I read that BCM uses an SQL databse which would give you more flexibility to work with the data or to export it out of BCM all together if that product was not working well for you. If we try to export our contacts database to Excel we lose a great deal of information in it because we are using a custom form.
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  • Flameass
    Um cause it's not BCM. Have you ever seen BCM MrDenny? I do see the bong behind you on the table!!!!
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