Exchange2010 – OAB/Outlook clients not downloading updated OAB


  • Outlook on Cache mode not updating..Disabling Cached mode on client manually fixes the problem.
  • OWA is not affected at all. All changes are instantly reflected in OWA.
  • Deleteing the .oab files in the user app data folder fixes the problem

This is not  a solution to this issue.

Create new OAB and perform the following tasks:

  1. Create new OAB from EMC.
  2. Make sure Web based and Public Folder distribution is enabled.
  3. Restart MS Exchange System Attendant and File Distribution Service.
  4. Update the OAB from EMC and Set it As Default.
  5. Associate the new OAB to Mailbox Database.
  6. Check the location for the .LZX files C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\ExchangeOAB
    and C:\program files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\ClientAccess\OAB\
  7. Make sure you don’t have web.config file @ .LZX file location.
  8. I hope you are doing full download of the OAB in Outlook.
  9. When you download the OAB, Make sure you uncheck the box“Download changes since last send/recieve”
  10. “Global Address Book” is the only option
After you restart the File Distribution Service on the CAS server, you should be getting the same files from the OAB generating server to the C:\program files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\ClientAccess\OAB\ on the CAS server . You might want to set the logging level to high to see if any errors are generated on the OAB generating server.
  • Set-EventLogLevel –Identity LABMBX\MSExchangeSA\* -Level High 
  • Set-EventLogLevel –Identity “LABCASHT\MSExchangeFDS\*” -Level High
 the first one will get the OAB events and the 2nd will get the File Distribution Service events. Dont forget to set the logging back to defaults. After setting the logging, regenerate the OAB and then restart the FDS, check for errors in the corresponding event logs.
Wait for 24hours to get the replication

USEFUL links

  • How to troubleshoot the OAB Generation here
  • How Exchange 2007 OAB Files are replicated to a Client Access Server for download…Click here
  • Managing Offline Address Books…Click here
  • Understanding why error code 0X8004010F is thrown when trying to download an OAB..Click here
  • Outlook client OAB download process..Click here
  • Administering the offline address book in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007…Click here

MSDN Forum,TechNet Forum – Assistant Gadget

MSDN Forum Assistant and TechNet Forum Assistant offer a convenient way for the forum users to read the forum recent threads and your own threads, it also make it easy to create new threads and search in the forum.

Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista

To download, Click here

MSDN Forum Assistant and TechNet Forum Assistant are subject to license terms that must be agreed to prior to use. Installation: 1. Double-click the gadget installation package. 2. On the popup window, click “Install” to finish the installation. 3. The gadget usually will be automatically located on the desktop. If not, look it up from the Gadget Gallery and add it to the desktop.


Sky Drive – All you need to know!!!

If you have a Windows Live account (or an old Hotmail account), then you have 25GB of free storage on SkyDrive. If you don’t have one, go and grap it. SkyDrive is a great way to store lots of files in the cloud for easy access remotely. Windows 7  and now defenetely on windows 8 will let you map your SkyDrive folders as network drives, making access even simpler.

How to map SkyDrive to your computer?

Windows 7 will let you map your SkyDrive to your local machine. How to do it? Here is the step

  • Sign in to your Windows Live account.
  • Get your ID from the address bar (Below showing how to get it)
    • Click on the “Files” as shown below

    • Look at the address bar and you will find your “CID” number just copy that number
  • Now go to your Windows 7 computer
  • Open My Computer, then select “Map network drive” near the top bar.
  • Select the drive letter you want, then type the following  under the “Folder bar”
  • \\\ and then copy your CID number here \
  • Check mark “Reconnect at logon”
  • Click Finish
  • Once you click finish, system will automatically attempt to log on to your SkyDrive.
  • Next system will show you to enter SkyDrive credential.
  • Enter the username and password and clik PK

Thats it..your SkyDrive is now mapped to your local machine.

Here you can rename the folder (If in case the language is not proper in you SkyDrive). What ever you do at the local “mapped” Skydrive, it will reflect in your SkyDrive as well.

Apps for SkyDrive?

Allmost all the device now support SkyDrive and it is free just name it..Windows, Mac, Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad…Click here to download it

Read the article from Mike Torres, and Omar Shahine, group program managers for SkyDrive.





Import contacts into Outlook from Excel

Exporting from Excel

  1. If row 1 of your spreadsheet contains column descriptions, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” and so on, skip to step 3. If it does not, add one that does by right-clicking the 1 to the left of the first row, and then clicking Insert.
  2. In the new blank cells at the top of each column, type a description for that column, such as “Name,” “E-mail Address,” “Company,” “Phone Number,” and so on.
  3. On the File menu, click Save As.
  4. Choose a folder to save to from the Save in drop-down list, type a name for the file, such as “Contacts,” in the File name box, and in the Save as type drop-down list, click CSV (Comma delimited).
  5. Make a note of the folder location, and then click SAVE.

Importing into Outlook (older versions)

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 3. To create a new folder in Outlook, click Folder List on the View menu, unless the Folder List is open already.
  2. Right-click the Contacts folder, and then click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  3. On the File menu, click Import and Export, click Next, click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
  4. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse, browse to the folder noted in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  5. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings is irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If not, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next.
  6. Click the Contacts folder, or other contacts-type folder that you have created, to import into, and then click Next.
  7. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

    NOTE: If Map custom fields is unavailable, you have chosen a non-contact-type folder to import into. Click Back, and then choose the correct folder. If you are satisfied with the mapping, click OK to close the Map Custom Fields dialog box, and then click Finish.

Importing into Outlook 2010

  1. If you are importing into an existing Contacts folder, skip to step 4.
  2. Create a new folder in Outlook 2010
  3. Right-click the Contacts folder, click New Folder, type a name for the new folder, and then click OK.
  4. Click the File tab in the Ribbon, and then click Open on the menu.
  5. Click on Import tab. The Import and Export Wizard opens.
  6. If the file that is displayed is not the correct file, click Browse , browse to the folder that is mentioned in step 3, and then double-click the file to select it.
  7. If you are importing into a new folder, the Options settings are irrelevant because there are no duplicates. If you are not importing to a new folder, choose the most logical selection. Click Allow duplicates if you are not sure, and then click Next .
  8. Click the Contacts folder or another contacts-type folder that you have created, and then click Next.
  9. If you are not sure that the column names in the first row of the spreadsheet will map correctly to the Outlook fields, click Map custom fields to verify them.

Nikon FT1 Mount Adapter for F-Mount Lenses & Nikon 1 Series Cameras

The FT-1 Mount Adapter allows you to use certain legacy F-Mount NIKKOR lenses (those designed for use with Nikon D-SLR/SLR cameras) on the Nikon 1 V1 and J1. The Mount Adapter is attached to the Nikon 1 V1/J1 and the F-Mount NIKKOR lens then attached to the adapter. The FT-1 will add an angle of view of 2.7 times that of the F-Mount NIKKOR lens’ focal length.

The primary communication between the body, FT1 and lens is electronic, through two sets of contact pins. There is also a mechanical aperture lever within the F-mount portion of the FT1, plus an internal motor to move the lever too.

Supports 65 existing F-mount NIKKOR lenses …click here to view those support lense from Nikon.

AF/AE supported with AF-S lenses only. Autofocusing is possible when AF-S lenses are used. However, focus mode must be set to AF-S (Single AF) and AF-area mode is fixed at Single-point with only the center focus point used.

When using the FT-1 and a compatible AF-S NIKKOR F-Mount lens, users can take full advantage of the Nikon 1’s high-speed continuous shooting of 10/30/60 fps. (*When an AF-S lens is used. However, focus is locked with the first shot with continuous shooting.)

To use the FT-1, the Nikon 1 J1/V1 camera’s firmware must be updated to at least version 1.10.

Here is the review from Rob Galbraith : First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 .

Review: Nikon’s J1 and V1 cameras and 1 Nikkor lenses from Rob Galbraith, click here.

Looking to purchase? Click here

Ivy Bridge – Intel’s 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture

Ivy Bridge is the codename for Intel’s 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture based on tri-gate (“3D”) transistors. Ivy Bridge processors will be backwards-compatible with the Sandy Bridge platform, but might require a firmware update (vendor specific). Intel has released new 7-series Panther Point chipsets with integrated USB 3.0 to complement Ivy Bridge. The upcoming Core i-series processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture are being pitched at ultrabooks, but the company is now extending the chips to high-performance tablets with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system.

Apple bringing out a thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro model in the coming months as well as 13-inch MacBooks. Those systems will likely tap Intel’s more power-efficient Ivy Bridge chips..then Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus will update and/or bring out new systems.


Attachments not showing in Microsoft Outlook

Interesting topic

ISSUE: When an user sends email with  attachment Microsoft Outlook clients don’t see paperclip nor attachment but the size of the mail shows there is more then just text. The attachment is visible in OWA. When forwarding the message from OWA the attachment shows up in outlook.

FINDINGS: I think the issue related to misformed MIME. The content type of the email is not correct; it is multipart/related, and should be multipart/mixed.

  • It may or may not be an issue on your end, incorrectly formatted mime messages sent by the sender can cause it not to render correctly in Outlook.
  • Things like the sender running third party apps such as disclaimers can mess up the mime formatting.
  • RFC 2387 describes the intended use of multipart/related:
    • “The Multipart/Related media type is intended for compound objects consisting of several inter-related body parts. For a Multipart/Related object, proper display cannot be achieved by individually displaying the constituent body parts.”
    • Exchange handles multipart/related specially – i.e. it considers all attachment parts inside multipart/related as “inline”. Such attachments are normally hidden from the attachment list and supposed to be accessible from the body itself, like inline images. Some clients, like OWA, can determine whether attachments are really “inline” by analyzing a message body – if they don’t find any reference to such attachment in a body they fix it by displaying it in attachment list. Other clients like Outlook will trust how attachments are marked by Exchange and hide them.
  • A “correct” way to structure message would look like this:
    • Multipart/mixed
    • Multipart/related
    • Text/html – message body
    • Any inline attachments referenced from the body
    • Any normal attachments, like application/msword

 SUGGESTION: Add a Transport Rule to simply “force” us to use multipart/mixed (Only when the mail is coming from the specific domain) and that will make the attachment visible in Outlook.

SOLUTION: Launch Exchange Management Console

  • Expand Organization Configuration
  • Select Hub Transport
  • On the right-hand Action Pane, select New Transport Rule …
  • Give the rule a name
  • Select when the From Address contains Specific Word click the highlighted “Specific words”, Type “”
  • click Add, click OK, and then click Next
  • Select “set header with value,” click the highlighted “header” text, type
  • Content-Type, click OK
  • Click the highlighted “value” text, type multipart/mixed, click OK, and then click
  • Next
  • On the “Exceptions” page, simply click next
  • At the final “Create Rule” page
  • Click New, and then click Finish

Microsoft Exchange on Twitter: A new hash tag for Exchange

Microsoft Exchange on Twitter has moved to a new hash tag – #MSExchange.  If you tweet about Microsoft Exchange or related topic, please use #MSExchange to tag your tweet… to follow use @MSFTExchange for the latest on Microsoft Exchange, including post updates from EHLO.

Thank you team