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PC Win DOS: Windows and MS-DOS Client Folders

Article ID: 101368

Article Last Modified on 10/30/2006


  • Microsoft Mail Client 3.0
  • Microsoft Mail Client 3.2
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.0, when used with:
    • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Mail for PC Networks 3.2, when used with:
    • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q101368

Versions 3.0 and 3.2 of Microsoft Mail for Windows and Microsoft Mail for PC Networks, MS-DOS workstation, implement private folder storage in different ways. The Windows client stores private folders in the Mail message file (.MMF) and the MS-DOS client stores folders in the .FLD files within the postoffice database structure.

It is best for users who use both the MS-DOS and Windows clients to use private folders in only one of the clients. However, a workaround exists if private folder access is required from both clients. The following are the steps to the workaround:

NOTE: A side effect of this workaround is that the group will now appear in the postoffice address list as well as the global address list on the postoffice where the group resides. Use this workaround with discretion.

  1. Sign on to the Administrator program as Admin and select Local-Admin, Modify to grant group folder privileges to the user who requires private folder access from both clients.
  2. Select Local-Admin, Group, Create to create a global group specifying the sole member of the group as the user who requires private folder access from both clients.

NOTE: DO NOT include the group in directory synchronization.

  1. Sign on to the MS-DOS client as that user. Select Options, Folders, Create to create a group folder for that group. Make sure you specify the folder mode to Group.

NOTE: Group folders can only be created in the MS-DOS client.

Because the individual is the only person who has access to the group folder, the folder now behaves like a private folder. The administrator must be careful not to assign additional members who also have group folder privileges to the group.

The group folder is stored in a .FLD file that can only be accessed by the Windows client when it is connected to the postoffice. This folder is not accessible when working offline.

In the Windows client, all group folders appear in the shared folder panel. The group folder will NOT appear in the private folder panel.

NOTE: Group folder access was not available in the Windows client in versions earlier than 3.0b.

Additional query words: 3.00 3.20

Keywords: KB101368