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Windows 7: Sync Outlook w/ comps that ARE running Business / Unltd

16 Dec 2009   #1
misterbk

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Sync Outlook w/ comps that ARE running Business / Unltd

Been searching for this for hours, and the only posts I can locate are people trying to do this with Home editions being told they cannot because it isn't supported in Home Premium...

Well I have two computers that -should- be able to do synchronize. They are both running Business or Ultimate editions. I need to at least sync folders but really I'm trying to get Outlook to sync. (mostly for the contacts.)

I have a laptop running Windows Vista Business (x64)
I have a desktop running Windows 7 RC (x64), which is basically Win7 Ultimate.
I have a Windows Treo PDA-phone that runs Outlook.

I can run Windows 7 on the laptop if it fixes the problem, just haven't switched yet.
I will very soon have the actual release of Win7 Ultimate for install on both computers.

Both computers have Outlook 2007 installed.
Both computers are hooked up with a LAN, and are able to communicate i.e. access each others' files over the network.

What I really don't get is, for one thing I'm pretty sure I was able to do this on XP with ActiveSync, i.e. one computer saw the other computer in the sync list and would try to sync Outlook with it. For another thing, my Windows Treo is able to syncronize all the Outlook data to either computer. How can it be that both computers' Sync Center know how to sync with a phone that runs Outlook, but they don't know how to sync with each other?

Does anyone know how to set up a partnership between two computers running Sync Center, when they ARE running fully qualified versions of Windows?


BTW I am trying to avoid third party software, for one because it all costs money, but mostly because I am already using Sync Center to sync my phone. I don't really want to be running more than one kind of sync software at the same time.


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17 Dec 2009   #2
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I'd be interested to know if this is indeed possible. After much research and head-scratching, I still couldn't figure it out and ended up going the third-party software route - I use Syncing.Net, which works very well indeed but isn't cheap.
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17 Dec 2009   #3
misterbk

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I'll say... According to their website, syncing Outlook clocks in at $240.

It still makes no sense to me that I have three Windows devices running Outlook and Sync Center, but syncing is only allowed if one of them is a PDA.
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17 Dec 2009   #4
mgmcc

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

You can use Allway Sync to synchronise Outlook's .PST files between multiple computers.

It is free for "moderate" personal use. If used too much, it prompts you to buy the Pro version and if a monthly threshold is exceeded, it then stops working until the data sync'd in the last month falls below the threshold. However, the Pro version allowing unlimited use is only $20.
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17 Dec 2009   #5
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Allway Sync will do the job, but I wanted something more like always-on automatic and instant syncing such as you get with ActiveSync and a connected PDA. Syncing.net does do that - you leave it running and it instantly and seamlessly syncs calendar changes or whatever to a maximum of 2 other designated PCs. That's for the Home version - $150, not $240, but it does everything I need.
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18 Dec 2009   #6
misterbk

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Ah I see the home user pricing now and it is a multi-pack for use on multiple machines.

So what I'm hearing is Sync Center refuses to sync from a PC to anything that isn't a PDA, so you need third party software? Maybe I can convince my laptop that it's a PDA.

Sounds like someone at Microsoft needs to be smacked.

I checked out Allway Sync, correct me if I'm wrong but it does not sync on a record-by-record basis like Sync Center, just copies the newer .PST over. I don't see any obvious mention of Outlook.

New strategy: just sync the stupid PDA between both computers. The computers will just have to stay in sync because they both sync to the PDA.

This feature should really just be part of Outlook.
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18 Dec 2009   #7
mgmcc

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by misterbk View Post
I checked out Allway Sync, correct me if I'm wrong but it does not sync on a record-by-record basis like Sync Center, just copies the newer .PST over. I don't see any obvious mention of Outlook.
Allway Sync is indeed a "general" synchronisation program which overwrites the older file with the newer one. I help someone with a "one-man" business and the Outlook .PST file is one of several files/folders that we sync daily with a second backup PC.
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18 Dec 2009   #8
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by misterbk View Post
New strategy: just sync the stupid PDA between both computers. The computers will just have to stay in sync because they both sync to the PDA.
Yes that will work, as long as your PDA can sync. I used exactly that method for many years to keep home and work versions of Outlook in sync. I had to abandon that strategy when I switched to Windows 7 because my PDA was too old to run a version of Windows Mobile that would talk to 7. Buying Syncing.net was cheaper than a new PDA, and to be honest it does work very well. It is like having an invisible PDA
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18 Dec 2009   #9
oneextraid

Windows 7 SP1 x64
 
 

I use Gmail for my email account. I have Outlook 2007 on multiple PCs with Imap accounts setup accessing the Gmail account. These accounts sync with Gmail and I do not have to use any other sync software.
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18 Dec 2009   #10
clunkfish

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oneextraid View Post
I use Gmail for my email account. I have Outlook 2007 on multiple PCs with Imap accounts setup accessing the Gmail account. These accounts sync with Gmail and I do not have to use any other sync software.
But that won't sync calendar, contact and to-do data, which I think is the main issue here?
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