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Chapter 7. WHSMail: An Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server

AUTHOR: Brian Peek

DIFFICULTY: Intermediate

TIME REQUIRED: 3–6 hours

COST: Free

SOFTWARE: Windows Home Server, Microsoft Outlook 2007 (not Outlook Express/Windows Mail), Visual Basic 2008 Express or Visual C# 2008 Express, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express .NET Framework 3.5 runtime, and Outlook/Office Primary Interop Assemblies (more on this later)

HARDWARE: None

DOWNLOAD: http://www.c4fbook.com/WHSMail

This chapter will show you how to build a new website using ASP.NET that can be added to your Windows Home Server (WHS) installation and will allow you to view the Outlook message store running on whatever computer contains your current Outlook installation.

Overview

Windows Home Server is a product from Microsoft that allows home users to manage and share data, including photos, documents, videos, and music. It also provides a very easy way to back up all computers on your home network to a central storage server. Windows Home Server can also be extended via add-ins to enhance the experience and provide new and interesting functionality in addition to what comes in the box.

One feature not present in WHS that I wanted was the ability to view my entire Outlook mail store from the Web at any time. I have six or seven email accounts that are all set up to retrieve via POP3 to Outlook. Most of these accounts do not support IMAP or have a web-based interface. Therefore, Outlook is generally open all day and checking messages, ...

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