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Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues - MS Outlook Performance Series - Part 6
One of my customer reported that he is facing issue with Outlook 2007 & Windows Vista environment, as he can't open the .pst files.
He get the following error: <sample>.pst file could not be opened. The file may not be compatible with this version of Outlook or it may be corrupted.
End of the research, we found the issue happens due to the mail file is in an encrypted folder.
To work around this problem, we need to make use of Inbox Repair Tool (Scanpst.exe) to repair the personal mail file.
Please find the following http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934545 which describes the issue, causes and its resolution in-detail.
Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues - MS Outlook Performance Series - Part 5
Recently I was working with one of my customer, we came across a strange issue.
He has MS Outlook 2007 which was running on Windows Vista. He updated that it takes long time to download an e-mail message from a POP3 server in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007. Whenever they download a mail with attachment (for example .5 megabyte (MB) message), the download takes more than one hour.
Additionally, when they send e-mail messages by using the SMTP server of their Internet service provider (ISP), they get time out issue and also got the following error message:
Task 'Main - Sending and Receiving' reported error (0x800CCC0F) : 'The connection to the server was interrupted. If this problem continues, contact your server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP).'
At the end of the research, we found the issue happens due to "TCP Scaling", a new feature introduced in Windows Vista. This problem occurs if a network hardware device, such as a router, does not support TCP Window Scaling.
Please find the following article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935400, which describes the issue and its resolution in-detail.
Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues for MS Outlook 2007 Series - Part 4
If the .pst file or the .ost file shuts down incorrectly, you may receive one of the following error messages the next time that you start Outlook:
Error message 1: Outlook cannot open the data file filename until it has been checked for problems.
Error message 2: Microsoft Office Outlook’ exited without properly closing your Outlook data file ‘drive:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost’. ‘Microsoft Office Outlook’ must be restarted. If this error message recurs, contact support for ‘Microsoft Office Outlook’ for assistance.
If you receive one or more of these error messages, you may experience performance issues until Outlook finishes the reconciliation process for the .ost file or for the .pst file. The following gear icon is displayed in the status bar while Outlook checks the data file in the background:
When this icon disappears, the .pst file or the .ost file is reconciled. If you exit Outlook while the gear icon is present, reconciliation must restart the next time that you run Outlook. It's recommended that you leave Outlook running until the gear icon disappears before you exit Outlook.An incorrectly shut down .ost file or .pst file may occur for one of the following reasons:
If you see this issue frequently, and you have to exit Outlook shortly before you shut down your computer, it may be better to shut down Windows while Outlook is still running.
When we make use of Exchange Server 2007 SP1 & Windows Powershell, if we have a requirement to sort the mailboxes based on their size on the ascending order, then try this command:
Get-MailboxStatistics -Server Servername | Sort-Object -Property TotalItemSize | Format-Table DisplayName,TotalItemSize
Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues for deploying MS Outlook 2007 Series - Part 3
In general, when we talk about Performance, we can't ignore various basic parameters like cache mode/non-cache mode, .pst/.ost files, Windows desktop search, search options, indexing, with/without word as an editor, collection of resources, settings or Outlook 2007's configuration part, etc.
Please find this article, which provides a collection of resources to help you understand potential issues around Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 performance, and to assist you in configuring features for best performance in your organization...
Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues in MS Outlook Series - Part 2
Do you face any one of the following issue, when you work with MS Outlook 2007?
When you try to,
Do you face Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 momentarily stops responding?Do you know, these symptoms are most noticeable during mail delivery or during synchronization. These symptoms become more pronounced as store size increases. They are more likely to occur when the size of the .pst file or the size of the .ost file approaches 2 gigabytes (GB). Additionally, they are more pronounced in a very large .pst file or in a very large .ost file that is 4 GB or larger. For more information, please find this wonderful article, which talks about how to troubleshoot the performance issues in Outlook 2007 and with respect to larger .pst or .ost files.
Exchange Web Services Message cycle
Welcome to Exchange Server Development Technologies - Series # 1
In this series, we will discuss about the Exchange Rules. This topic provides information about using Exchange Rules to develop messaging applications.
For more detailed information, please find this MSDN documentation.
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 11
What are Preview Handlers and where it's used?
Preview handlers are called when an item is selected to show a lightweight, rich, read-only preview of the file's contents in the view's reading pane. This is done without launching the file's associated application.
To know more about preview handler, please read more in this detailed MSDN article.
Preview Handler - Sample:
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 10
In this series, we will learn "How to customize Outlook 2007 (Office 2007) Ribbon functionality". I found these below given MSDN articles which describes how we can customize Office 2007 (including Outlook 2007) ribbon functionality.
Welcome to troubleshooting performance issues in MS Outlook Series - Part 1
Have you face any one of the following issues with Outlook 2007 ?
Whether do you think,
Do you know, why do you face these issues?
It might be a performace issue with respect to Outlook 2007. The performance issues may be caused by one or more of the following:
Please find this wonderful article, which talks how to troubleshoot the performance issues in Outlook 2007.
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 9
In this series, we will learn "How to systematically release the objects - Add-in's for Outlook 2003 & Outlook 2007 ?". I found this MSDN article which describes how all Outlook add-ins should systematically release their references to Outlook objects when they are no longer needed. Failing to systematically release reference to Outlook objects can prevent Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 & Outlook 2007 from shutting down properly.
For more information about this problem that affects managed add-ins written for Outlook 2003 using Visual Studio .NET, see KB 317109: Office application does not quit after automation from Visual Studio .NET client.
Please find Mstehle's blog: OOM.NET: Part 2 - Outlook Item Leaks (Outlook + OOM + .Net Issues), which describes in detail and has the resolution to solve the issue...
When you try to start Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, the program does not start. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Do you know....this issue may occur if you install and then uninstall Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Beta 2 on a computer that has Outlook 2003 installed. When you uninstall Outlook 2007 Beta 2 version, the Outlook 2007 Beta 2 version of the MSMapi32.dll file is not removed from the following folder on your computer: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Msmapi\LocaleID"
Please view this useful MSDN KB Article. It has the information about the issue, its cause, resolution for this issue
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 8
In this series, we will learn "How to update existing items in an Outlook folder to use a new custom form?". I found this MSDN article which describes programatically how to update existing items in an Outlook folder to use a new custom form?
This article describes how to update items in an Outlook folder so that those items open using a different form than the form that the items are currently associated with.
When using a custom form containing a ListBox control, Outlook unexpectedly adds a new possible value to the control.
Do you know....this behavior is due to the storage limitation of Keywords fields. If the control is bound to a field of type Keywords and you select a number of possible values in the control, the field may exceed its 255-character maximum length. This causes the last value to be truncated. Because the custom Keywords field now contains a new value that is not one of the options in the control, Outlook adds this new value to the list of possible choices in the control.
Please view this useful MSDN KB Article. It has the information about the issue, its cause, re-solution for this issue
When you send an item that is based on a custom form, the form is not sent and you receive the following error message: "Operation Failed"
This issue will happen if, a Recipient field on the custom form is configured with an initial value and with the Calculate this formula automatically option for that value.
Please view this useful MSDN KB Article. It has the information about the issue, its cause, workaround solution for this issue.
A digital signature is used to authenticate (The process of verifying that people and products are who and what they claim to be. For example, confirming the source and integrity of a software publisher's code by verifying the digital signature used to sign the code.) digital information — such as documents, e-mail messages, and macros — by using computer cryptography.
Digital signatures helps us,
To establish the following assurances:
To make these assurances, the content must be digitally signed by the content creator, using a signature that satisfies the following criteria:
Welcome to Exchange Server 2003 Development Technologies - Series # 1
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 7
In this series, we will learn "How to change display Formats Programmatically for All Contacts in Outlook 2007?". I found this wonderful article which describes programatically how to create an add-in to change the FileAs property programmatically for all contacts in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.
It covers the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Contacts folder contains information about all your contacts (although it might contain other types of information, as well). Each contact item has information associated with it about how you want the item filed; that is, the FileAs property of the contact. You might want to programmatically enforce a specific setting for the FileAs property by using an add-in. This Office Visual How-to article explains how you can create an add-in by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office system Second Edition....:)
This article applies to Microsoft Office System 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the 2007 Microsoft Office System Second Edition.
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 6
In this series, we can download three of Outlook 2007 Sample add-ins make use of Outlook Object Model.
I found this wonderful article, which describes programatically what are the enhancements to the Outlook 2007 object model, as demonstrated by three sample add-ins.
These solutions are available in Visual Basic .NET and C# versions and include an add-in project, a COM shim project to provide application domain (AppDomain) isolation, and a setup project. Versions of the sample add-ins are also available for VSTO 2005 SE. They can help new and experienced Outlook add-in developers begin programming with the Outlook 2007 object model.
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 5
In this series, we will learn "How to build an Outlook 2007 Form Region with a Managed Add-In?". I found this wonderful article, wrote by Ryan Gregg, which describes programatically how to build a form region with a Managed Add-in and Outlook 2007 environment. It covers the creation of a sample Outlook add-in that displays transport header information in a form region on e-mail items, along with free downloadable samples...:)
As we know you can create and run forms with form regions without a COM add-in, but using a COM add-in has the benefit of supporting custom business logic or advanced functionality in the form regions.
Note: This article assumes that you have some knowledge of COM add-ins and that you know how to build, deploy, and install a managed COM add-in that is written in Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual C#. You should be familiar with the Outlook object model, and should have at least some basic knowledge of the Microsoft .NET Framework and COM interoperability.
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 4
In this series, we will learn "How to automatically add contacts to Outlook with Visual FoxPro?". I found this wonderful article, which describes programatically how to add contacts to Outlook with Visual Foxpro environment.
As we know Microsoft Outlook is an Automation Server. As such, you can programatically control it from other applications, sending data back and forth...So find the code-snippet which demonstrates how to import the MS Access table data into Outlook's contacts folder.
What is a COM Add-in?
COM add-ins are a feature in Microsoft Office and are supported by all Office programs, including Outlook.
Key benefits of COM add-ins include:
COM add-ins run in-process with the host program, so custom code generally runs faster than code implemented in Visual Basic for Applications.
The basic COM add-in architecture is consistent across all Office programs, whereas in previous versions of Office, each program had its own add-in architecture.
You can create one COM add-in to use with more than one Office program.
In addition to Outlook, you need one of the following development environments to create a COM add-in for Office or Outlook:
Visual Basic 5.0 or later (Visual Basic 6.0 is preferred)
Microsoft Office Developer, which includes the ability to compile a Visual Basic for Applications project into a Dynamic Link Library (DLL)
Any other COM-compliant development environment, such as Microsoft C++ or Microsoft J++
Welcome to Outlook Programming series # 3
In this series, we will learn "How to get Click Event Behavior for Standard Controls?". I found this wonderful article, which describes how the standard controls that are included with Microsoft Office and Outlook respond to the Click event using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) on a custom Outlook form.
The Click event is the only event that Outlook supports for controls. However, for some controls the Click event may not fire if the control is bound to a field, or it may not fire at all.
Note: This articles summarizes whether or not the Click event will fire under various circumstances.