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Outlook must be online or connected…

Posted by in Exchange 2013, Exchange Server, Outlook

Testing Exchange 2013 means careful planning of what you are going to test in lab, what you need to test al given scenarios and what is required. One of my golden rule is to test multiple versions of clients against given server. So in my recent configuration testing, I created a very simple lab. It has a domain controller, two Exchange 2013 servers, a load balancer and two client machines. All testing I am performing is on intranet and no internet simulation or remote client scenarios are going to be…read more

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Benefits of using Outlook 2007 with Exchange 2007

Posted by in Exchange Server, Outlook

I get asked many times why should one switch to Outlook 2007 from Outlook 2003 when using it with Exchange 2007 platform. I understand the reason as besides the obvious “it’s the latest and greatest” it’s not enough reason for an Enterprise environment to upgrade. Considering effort involved in upgrade, it could take long time to plan, test and upgrade all Outlook clients. The information is published many times as to why Outlook 2007 is better choice and why the effort to upgrade is worth every penny. What I am…read more

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Back-Off now, will ya?!

Posted by in Exchange 2007, Exchange Server, Outlook

It is well known that an Outlook client sending too many RPC connections per second could result in overall Exchange server performance degradation. It could be a desktop search engine, e-mail archiving products, custom apps written to manipulate exchange mailbox data… the list goes on. In the past, the solution to this for Exchange administrators was limited. It is not practical at times to call the user who is causing too many RPC requests and wouldn’t it be better if the issue can be handled transparently? Exchange Team answered that…read more

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How frustrating Outlook 2007 RSS Feeds can be

Posted by in Outlook, RSS

I noticed that Outlook 2007 feeds were not updating for weeks and I had ignored the issue but now that I was missing on important feeds I started looking for solution. First thing I did was to remove all feeds from Outlook, but I could have tried to fix it instead. I found this article on Realtime Windows Server blog. Now that I was ahead, I had to find something else. Now how do I import IE feeds back in Outlook? It started getting frustrating to find where IE stores…read more

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