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Article ID: 955690 - Last Review: September 23, 2011 - Revision: 3.0

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This article discusses the kinds of files that are unsupported on a home network that uses Windows Home Server. These files include Microsoft Office Outlook personal folder files (.pst) and database files. Additionally, it discusses other computer programs that may not be designed to work on a home network that uses Windows Home Server.

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Outlook .pst files

The Microsoft Exchange Server team created .pst files to let users maintain a copy of their e-mail messages on their local computer. These .pst files also serve as message storage for users who do not have access to an Exchange server. For example, you can use Outlook as a front end to an Internet hosted mail service. However, the .pst files are unsupported over a local area network (LAN). Therefore, we recommend that you not store .pst files on Windows Home Server.

For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
297019  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297019/ ) Personal folder files are unsupported over a LAN or over a WAN link
Note If you do decide to use your Windows Home Server home computer to store your .pst files, we recommend that you use the Windows Home Server backup solution to create a backup copy of the files. For more information about the backup function and about the restore function in Windows Home Server, see "Technical Brief for Home Computer Backup and Restore."

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Download the Technical Brief for Home Computer Backup and Restore.pdf package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=196fe38c-df20-4e19-92ca-6bda7bec3ecb&DisplayLang=en)

Note To download this file, right-click the link, and then click Save Target As to save the .pdf file to your computer.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ ) How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Database files and other computer programs

Some database files, such as Intuit Quicken files, are intended to be saved and accessed by using only a single home computer. We do not support or recommend the use of database files that have not been thoroughly tested when they are stored on a home server in a home network environment. If you try to save, access, and modify a database that is stored on a home server, you may lose data. Or, the database may become corrupted.

Additionally, other computer programs may not be designed to work on a home network that uses Windows Home Server. For questions about whether a specific program will work if the files are stored on Windows Home Server, contact the program vendor before you save the files to your home server and before you access them from your home computer.

Remote access

You can use the Remote Desktop feature in Windows to access another home computer. Or, you can use the Remote Access feature in Windows Home Server to access your home computer from the Internet. If your home computer has Outlook, your database program, or other computer programs installed, you can use Remote Desktop or Remote Access to guarantee that you are using the software within the supported configuration. For more information about the Remote Access feature in Windows Home Server, see "Technical Brief for Windows Home Server Remote Access."

The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Download the Technical Brief for Windows Home Server Remote Access.pdf package now. (http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/5/6/85646705-a201-4ef7-b6ab-76fee229f8eb/WHS%20Technical%20Brief%20-%20Remote%20Access.pdf)

Note To download this file, right-click the link, and then click Save Target As to save the .pdf file to your computer.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/119591/ ) How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.

APPLIES TO
  • Windows Home Server
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Outlook 2000 Standard Edition
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