I have two users who rely on Microsoft Outlook and I won't be able to wean them off it, no matter how much I would like to. One requires ActiveSync with his Pocket PC, the other is using Act! For now, they just have POP accounts on my old mail server.
I want to migrate them over to my new Zimbra server too, but am unclear the best way to do it since NE is not in the cards for us--at least for a year or two.
Option 1 would be to just give them POP accounts on the new server. Obviously that will work, but then I won't be backing up their messages on the Zimbra server along with everybody else's. Plus, they won't have access to their inbox/outbox from the web client.
Option 2, which I think I would prefer, is not something I've seen discussed much on the forum, and that is to simply use the mail portion of Outlook as a regular IMAP client (and LDAP client for addresses). Has anyone done this and can tell me the pitfalls/landmines of doing so? One of the users is on a laptop and so is not always connected to the network. Does Outlook synchronize folders offline with anything like reliability (I should add we're talking Outlook 2000).
It may well be that Option 2 is just a bad idea that should die a quick death. . .but I'd like some feedback from others who have succeeded or failed in this regard to give me a warning of what I'm getting into.
Thanks in advance,