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Use AppleScript to synchronize Entourage mail
Authored by: bjmorgan on Jul 23, '04 12:03:02PM

Now, when exactly would you need do you do this? I run Entourage on both my work machine and my PowerBook and have never encountered an instance that would create such a problem that required this solution (nor a set up like this).

Granted, I tend to keep all my personal accounts on my PowerBook (with online access to my work accounts) and vice versa on my work machine.

The only reason I can think of for using this is to save your sent e-mails and calendar information (Though I never use the calendar, I swear there's a sync program that makes this chore a lot easier).

When your Database Daemon starts approaching its 2 GB limit (granted I save all my eMails for about a year before I use Entourage Email Archiver to back them up to a FileMaker Database) continually copying it from one machine to the other can be very time consuming.

I'm very interested in learning about how you're using Entourage.



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Use AppleScript to synchronize Entourage mail
Authored by: JazzDude on Jul 23, '04 05:42:12PM

The problem on my machines is, once you've launched Entourage (it is in my login items), the Database Daemon starts and keeps ~Documents/Microsoft User Data/Main Identity/Database open, even if you've quit Entourage. When you attempt to replace the file with a newer version you get an error stating the file couldn't be replaced because it is in use. I learned that you can turn off "Office Notifications" but then, I have all events and appointments in my Entourage calendar, some of them having a reminder set. So need the Database Daemon to run. Unless I'm syncing my Database files, that is.

The rest of the script just automates mounting the remote volume, copying the MS User Data folder over and unmounting the volume.



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Use AppleScript to synchronize Entourage mail
Authored by: JazzDude on Jul 23, '04 06:19:31PM

Another reason to really copy the whole Microsoft Identity folder (mine is about 36 MB) between the two machines: I aloways have a pretty recent backup of my mail, addresses and events.



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Use AppleScript to synchronize Entourage mail
Authored by: henryhbk on Jul 23, '04 06:21:16PM

I do the same thing (the pain of using a pop client). This also does give me a great backup (I do this with iTunes and iPhoto as well). I use the Synchronize Pro app, which doesn't seem to require this whole shutdown thing...

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Henry Feldman, MD
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NYU School of Medicine



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Use AppleScript to synchronize Entourage mail
Authored by: JazzDude on Jul 23, '04 06:26:00PM

The Database Daemon is there when you use Synchronize! Pro as long as you don't explicitly turn Office notifications OFF.



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