Outlook 2013 pst sync on multiple computers



  • I am a long time Apple mail user, but recently started using Outlook 2013 and really liked the features (Followup, categorise etc) and would really like to use it as my primary mail client. Both at home and office I have MAC's with Windows running on Parallels. I need to use both OS as I manage windows, mac and Linux servers. Since our mail server is zimbra, outlook doesn't really works well with Outlook for MAC and also MAC version is pretty old. I read that MS is in the making of a new Outlook version for MAC. http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac-software/microsoft-office-mac-2014--update-release-date-rumours-images-3456798/

    Since I dont have OWA option, I would like to sync the pst file via dropbox, but wanted to know if someone already using it this way. A lifehacker article mentions about this, and the only catch is to close outlook on one machine before opening it on other. Is there any better way to do this?



  • You are definitely trying to use Outlook and PSTs in a way that they are not at all intended to be used. At best you should have independent PSTs in each location.



  • I agree with @scottalanmiller - you are opening yourself to a world of hurt this way. You can't have a .pst open in more than one place a time.



  • Good news, just learned that we will be migrated to Exchange very soon! Just in time 🙂

    Our parent company is streamlining all IT and part of that we will be off from zimbra to Exchange. So better wait till that time and use outlook independently till that time, just worried about my reminders, follow up etc, would be nice to have it synced both places, but anyways its worth the wait 🙂



  • Exchange won't change those issues though. PSTs will act the same.



  • Hopefully you are going to Office 365.



  • But if OWA is available, this won't be solved? Im not sure about office 365 yet.



  • @ambarishrh said:

    But if OWA is available, this won't be solved? Im not sure about office 365 yet.

    Yes OWA fixes the issue. But Zimbra fixes that too. If OWA is good for you, Zimbra is better.



  • OWA is actually basically an attempt to copy Zimbra. Zimbra has long been the web interface leader.



  • I've been using zimbra webmail/desktop for some time, but then after using Outlook 2013 , it seems to be super easy to manage emails, may be its just me! So thought of having the same settings at home machine as well, as I work most times after office hours from home



  • I use OWA for almost everything. Can't remember the last time I was on Outlook. Been months.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Exchange won't change those issues though. PSTs will act the same.

    Yeah, but OSTs will fix the issue and work really well. I assume Macs use OSTs the same as Windows? I still prefer the Outlook client to OWA - though the difference are getting pretty small now in Exchange.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Exchange won't change those issues though. PSTs will act the same.

    Yeah, but OSTs will fix the issue and work really well. I assume Macs use OSTs the same as Windows? I still prefer the Outlook client to OWA - though the difference are getting pretty small now in Exchange.

    OSTs will fix what issue? An OST is just the main mail store for Outlook.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Carnival-Boy said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Exchange won't change those issues though. PSTs will act the same.

    Yeah, but OSTs will fix the issue and work really well. I assume Macs use OSTs the same as Windows? I still prefer the Outlook client to OWA - though the difference are getting pretty small now in Exchange.

    OSTs will fix what issue? An OST is just the main mail store for Outlook.

    OSTs synchronize with the server. They won't need to have local PSTs anymore, as all the mail will reside on the server.



  • @scottalanmiller said:
    OSTs will fix what issue? An OST is just the main mail store for Outlook.

    The sync issue. OSTs will sync with all the devices you're running Outlook on (eg home and work). So no need to sync the pst file via dropbox as ambarishrh mentioned in his opening post.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    OWA is actually basically an attempt to copy Zimbra. Zimbra has long been the web interface leader.

    OWA's been around years before Zimbra was even released.



  • @Nara said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    OWA is actually basically an attempt to copy Zimbra. Zimbra has long been the web interface leader.

    OWA's been around years before Zimbra was even released.

    And was useless. OWA didn't become useful till after eWeek's famous article stating that Zimbra's web interface was ahead of Outlook itself. Until then OWA was a joke and not a competitor with anyone. After that, Microsoft realized how bad things had gotten and started putting OWA on the road to greatness. It's always been second fiddle to Zimbra but at least it's tuned up now.

    Zimbra was a responsive Ajax interface when OWA was old school HTML.



  • Does the newer OWA handle access to other people's Calendars as easy as Outlook does? I'm more than a bit behind on the Exchange curve (Exchange 2010, no SP).



  • @Dashrender said:

    Does the newer OWA handle access to other people's Calendars as easy as Outlook does? I'm more than a bit behind on the Exchange curve (Exchange 2010, no SP).

    It does!



  • @Nara said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Does the newer OWA handle access to other people's Calendars as easy as Outlook does? I'm more than a bit behind on the Exchange curve (Exchange 2010, no SP).

    It does!

    this could be huge for me!



  • @Dashrender said:

    @Nara said:

    @Dashrender said:

    Does the newer OWA handle access to other people's Calendars as easy as Outlook does? I'm more than a bit behind on the Exchange curve (Exchange 2010, no SP).

    It does!

    this could be huge for me!

    OWA is awesome.



  • Wow missed two days and so much posts! ML is indeed awesome!

    For now am sticking with Zimbra at home and outlook for office and later when the exchange comes will completely move to Outlook. Really hope it's the office 365!

    Thanks a lot all



  • @ambarishrh said:

    Wow missed two days and so much posts! ML is indeed awesome!

    For now am sticking with Zimbra at home and outlook for office and later when the exchange comes will completely move to Outlook. Really hope it's the office 365!

    Thanks a lot all

    Let us know if you decide to go down the Office 365 path, NTG is a premier Office 365 partner. 🙂



  • @scottalanmiller thanks!
    But as I mentioned in my previous posts we've been acquired by a much bigger company and all major IT decisions comes from the head office now! 😞

    So am no more the decision maker on these. They have a global rollout coming in soon and we will move from Zimbra to exchange.



  • And they have global tie up with major providers like Microsoft, Adobe etc


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