Outlook 2007 finally talking to shared BCM database on SBS 2003

Outlook 2007 finally talking to shared BCM database on SBS 2003

I wrote earlier about problems I was having configuring Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager to use a database on my server rather than on my own workstation. Even after dealing with the typo in the instructions, I couldn’t get Outlook to detect the presence of my database on the server. I was really confused, because I had no trouble connecting to the database using Access. So I knew the database was there on the server, ready and able to communicate.

With the help of Vikas Madan at Microsoft, I finally found the problem. I had created the shared database with a beta version of Outlook 2007 with BCM. In the meantime, though, I had started using the final version of Outlook 2007 on my PC. It turns out the final version of Outlook won’t talk to a beta-version database.

After I used the correct SQL script from the whitepaper to migrate the database from beta to final AND ran the db_sharedusers.sql script – don’t overlook that second step!! – I was able to connect my Outlook client to the shared database.

Now I just have to learn how to use the program. No sweat. 8^)

Posted in All, BCM, Office 2007, Server 2003, Software, Technology on Jan 20th, 2007, 7:24 pm by David Schrag   

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