Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 Exchange
Information on Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 Exchange
Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 includes new features like very effective junk mail filter, calendar, contacts & address book etc. One of the exciting features of Outlook® 2003 is its cached mode. When Outlook® is configured for cached mode you can enjoy better online and offline messaging because a copy of your mailbox is stored on your computer along with a copy of the address book. The cached mailbox and address book are updated periodically from the CERN mail servers as soon as the network connection is restored. It automatically downloads only headers when a user’s connection mode is identified by the user’s Operating System to be slow.
The following are the needs and consequences of configuring Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 for use with Exchange 2003:
- Configuration of Microsoft® Outlook® 2003
- Outlook for roaming users
- Cached exchange mode
Configuration of Microsoft® Outlook® 2003Configuration
You are allowed to configure the user accounts in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 to connect to the Microsoft® Server Exchange 2003 over the Internet without using Virtual Private Network connections. By connecting to the exchange account using Remote Procedure Call over HTTP it allows the Outlook® users to access their exchange server accounts. The requirements for this feature are Microsoft® Windows® XP® with service pack 1 and Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003.
Outlook for roaming users
Roaming with Outlook® 2003 works only between the systems that are set up with the same Operating System and the same versions of software. There are some things to be kept in mind while doing so. Always ensure that the users store Outlook® information on the Exchange Server itself rather than on network or in local files. Also ensure that the cached exchange mode is not configured for users with Microsoft® Exchange Server accounts.
Whenever an Outlook® account is configured to use the cached exchange mode Outlook® always works from a local copy of a user’s exchange mailbox by creating an OST file then synchronizing the OST file with the user’s mailbox on the exchange server and finally creating an OAB. The cached mailbox and the server get automatically updated periodically from the exchange server.