For organizations that have a small IT department, setting up a help desk application can be an expensive venture. However, by using a couple features available from Microsoft Outlook and Exchange Server, this process can be a little less expensive. All that is required are:
- The Microsoft Outlook 2000/2 Client
- Microsoft Exchange 5.5/2000
- And, of course, a Help Desk Operator
Setting up the Outlook task for departmental access
We are going to use Outlook Task as the help desk application that will be accessed by IT department members. To do this you have to perform these tasks:
- From Outlook client, create a folder in all public folders (a subfolder to Public Folders) by right clicking on all public folders then selecting new folder. This new folder can be named, for example, "Support."
- On the Exchange server, assign permissions to this folder for people in your help desk organization. Each user's permission to this folder will vary, based upon your environment. For a detailed explanation of roles available, you can select the help button in the client permissions dialog box.
Setting up Outlook tasks
You can copy a task to this folder from the Outlook client, simply by right clicking on a task from a personal folder or mailbox, selecting "Copy task," and then selecting the destination folder you created earlier.
Now all the users who were assigned permissions to the folder
Adesh Rampat has 10 years experience with network and IT administration. He is a member of the Association Of Internet Professionals, the Institute For Network Professionals, and the International Webmasters Association. He has also lectured extensively on a variety of topics.
This was first published in March 2002