Connected everywhere

More and more people are asking me questions about replicating their computing environment in multiple locations. One client recently asked how he could have his Internet Explorer favorites at home be available at the office.
Since I am a bit sarcastic, and I had setup an Exchange Server and VPN for this client, I was tempted to answer:

With a domain login and portable profiles.

The sarcastic part is that my client asked for an easy solution, and portable profiles usually deploy with limited success in the wild. The answer that will work better for most of you is to export your favorites to a floppy disk, and import them at the office.
Recent versions (tested on 6) of Internet Explorer have an Import Export wizard that you can use to export the files at home, and then import the files at the office. To start the wizard, users choose
File->Import Export…
Another client asked about web mail. (The official answer is: I am working on it.) The concern was checking mail from the road.
I got to thinking about this one too. Last time I upgraded IE, Outlook Express a mail and new client was a fairly integrated part of the installation. (This is a technical, not a legal, opion. ) This leads me to think that Outlook Express is on almost every PC where Internet Explorer is, including I believe the Mac.
Understand that web mail is just a mail client that lives on a web server somewhere and you’ll know why networking professionals think things like:

So if users can remember a URL and their ID and password, why can’t they remember a hostname, their ID and a password?

As more and more users need access to information when they are in remote environments I think these tasks will be as easy as turning on a computer and starting Windows. Until then, I think it is still within the technical grasp of most users today, sometimes they just need a shove in the right direction.

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