Cached Exchange Mode in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003
Issues with the Cached Exchange Mode feature in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 and the tips to avoid them.
Cached Exchange Mode is a feature in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003. When the feature is turned on and the connection between Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 and the Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003 system is not detected, Microsoft® Outlook® switches to the 'Trying to Connect' state or to the ‘Disconnected’ state. If the connection gets restored, Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 switches to the ‘Connected’ state. Once connected, all the changes that were made offline automatically get synchronized.
A few features of this new option are discussed below -
- Sync folder issues
- Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 add-ins
- Server-based and client-side rules
Sync folder issues
Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 properly synchronizes only when any viruses or malformed items on the server are bypassed and skipped. These inappropriate items are put in the appropriate ‘Server Failures’ folder or the ‘Local Failures’ folder in the ‘Sync Issues’ folder. This folder as well as the other folders can only be seen in ‘Navigation Pane’. You will not be able to find them in the 'All Mail Folders' list in the ‘Mail’ section of ‘Navigation Pane’.
Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 add-ins
Some add-ins in Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 may affect the benefits of using Cached Exchange Mode. Some of the add-ins go past the functionality of the Headers Mode in Cached Exchange Mode by accessing Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 with the Object Model. A clear instance of this is when Microsoft® ActiveSync is used to synchronize a hand-held PC. In this case, the complete version of Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 with all its features is downloaded instead of only the headers. This happens only if there is a slow connection. This leads to slower update times as compared to Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 downloading the items itself. This is because some programs may need less synchronization because they are less efficient.
While using Microsoft® Outlook® 2003 with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2003, it is possible for you to use both server-based and client-side rules. Server-based rules can easily be processed on the server. An instance of this is when a user opens the mailbox to check the delivery location. There might be a rule that deletes all the e-mail messages from a particular person. However, the inbox and the deleted items folder are saved on the server, and that is why the rule can be processed without interaction with the client. Client-side rules require some processing by the client.
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