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Old 06-09-2007, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Synching up Outlook 2003 contacts to the home PC

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Currently my Outlook 2003 syncs up beautfully with the Blackberry. I have about 5000 corporate contacts, 2000 "locations" as contacts (for maps) and 800 personal contacts.

Any changes I make to either the work pc or the BB sync up in either direction. So far so good. I dont want to change that.

But I would like to see the personal contacts on my home pc.

I dont have a need to make changes on the home pc have have them propogate back...I simply want to see them and have them available to me in Outlook 2003 when I'm home.

I would still want the workpc/ BB to be the master and the home pc as the slave. (Even if I am sa home and need to add/revise something, I'll simply add to the BB).

So I'm looking for the best/safest way to do this. I came up with 3 options and would appreciate any comments or other approaches.

Option 1 :Work PC < ===> BB <---> Home PC
Option 1 is to sync the BB direct to my home PC - but I rejected this one as this is a recipe for disaster ( ie syncing the same BB to multiple PCs ....and I cannot afford to mess anything up.

Option 2 :Work PC ===> Export -Excel file -Import --> Home PC
- periodically export the personal contacts off my work pc to an XLS file
- erase all contacts on the home pc
- and import the XLS file to create a clean set to contacts
(ie keep the BB out of the equation). Only trouble with the above, is that the export process takes forever as I have some many business contacts.

Option 3 :Work PC ===> ContactsOnly PST file --> Home PC
Will this work?
- create a new secondary PST file on the work PC and on my home PC
- at work, periodically erase and copy just the Personal contacts there
- mail myself home a copy and ovewrrite my home ContactsOnlyPST file with the above

I'm leaning toward Option 3.


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