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  • Blog Post: Change first day of the week in Outlook (FirstDov) through automatic script!

    If you want to change the calendar Work Week for example from “ Sunday until Thursday” you can do that automatically by simple running the below sample script. We took some time and we wrote this sample code which will help you to deploy this to all your users, but before doing this please...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Meeting Updates

    Since working with the Outlook calendar, and more specifically with meetings, it is very likely that the majority of us have encountered situations in which updates to meetings are not triggering the same type of message. And what I mean by this is that depending on the type of changes that we make...
  • Blog Post: Free/Busy and Calendar Permissions in Outlook 2007 running against Exchange 2007 or later

    Since the Calendar is a special folder causing a lot of trouble, I thought it might be useful to talk about assigning permissions and the changes you should expect to see in Outlook 2007 running against Exchange 2007. The purpose of this post is to clarify the difference between Free/Busy permissions...
  • Blog Post: New Outlook Calendar best practices guidance for Outlook 2007, Outlook 2010, and Outlook 2013

    If you frequently work with meetings in Outlook, it is very likely that at some point you read the Outlook meeting requests: Essential do’s and don’ts article. However, you probably noticed that this older document only generally applies to newer Outlook versions. Over the last few years...
  • Blog Post: Some best practices when working with Outlook Calendar

    Prerequisites 1.1 Make sure that you are up-to-date! 1.1.1 Outlook For administrators is very important keep all Outlook clients updated with the latest Microsoft cumulative updates for Office/Outlook. 1.1.2 Exchange Exchange server should be up-to-date in order to avoid issues that...
  • Blog Post: Useful tools while troubleshooting Outlook issues (2) Process Monitor

    Another tool that can be useful while trying to solve an Outlook issue is Process Monitor. Download link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread...
  • Blog Post: Display search results as I type when possible: Online Mode

    I would like to take the chance of describing the function of " word wheeling " in Outlook Instant Search The function “Display search results as I type when possible”(word wheeling) , can be a little ambiguous. You may wonder what are the scenarios for which “ when possible ”...
  • Blog Post: Basic troubleshooting - Outlook

    Like with any other applications that are intensely used, Outlook can sometimes cause issues and return error messages. No matter what the behaviour is, here are a few basic troubleshooting hints: 1. http://support.microsoft.com/ - here you can search for error messages, keywords and hotfixes ...
  • Blog Post: Configure Outlook Anywhere settings for all users via Group Policy

    Let’s say you have a lot of users that need to use Outlook and connect to the company mail while they are outside your company’s network. With Outlook 2007, you can use Outlook Anywhere , but how do you configure this for all users? You can use the Office Customization Tool, but this will leave the users...
  • Blog Post: How to copy all Signatures or .NK2 files from Outlook 2003 to Outlook 2007!

    For example if you migrated to Outlook 2007 and you also received a new machine, you want to make a back-up of the NK2 files and also to your signatures before the upgrade. With this sample .vbs logoff script you can copy all these information from this folders to an external location (network drive...
  • Blog Post: How to share color categories for Outlook 2010

    Since there aren't many written sources for sharing categories, I thought it might be useful to discuss a bit on this topic and how can this be achieved in Outlook 2010. As a background information for versions prior to Outlook 2007 category information was stored in the local registry. T here...
  • Blog Post: How to deploy a PRF file in your organization using a .vbs file (logon script)!

    If you want to deploy a PRF file to all your users you can use this sample .vbs code. I took some time and I wrote this sample code which will help you to deploy a PRF to all your users, but before doing this please read the statement below: “MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES ABOUT THE SUITABILITY...
  • Blog Post: Usage of the “Do not check e-mail address against address of certificates being used” in Outlook 2010

    If a user sends out an e-mail from his e-mail address ( user@contoso.com ) and digitally signs the e-mail using a different e-mail address ( user@test.contoso.com ) --> the receiver will see the signature as trusted. This happens although the signing e-mail address and the sending e-mail address are...
  • Blog Post: Retention policies in Outlook/ How are these working along with Auto Archiving feature

    How AutoArchive works in Outlook Outlook mailboxes grow as users create and receive items. To keep mailboxes manageable, users need another place to store - or archive - older items that are important but not frequently used. It is typically most convenient to automatically move these older items...
  • Blog Post: Information on AutoComplete feature in Outlook

    AutoComplete feature in Outlook and how it works: The nickname cache feature makes it quicker to resolve a name for a recipient that you use on a regular basis. The feature has changed a little over the years with the different versions of Outlook. For example, the filename extension has gone from...
  • Blog Post: When you export a personal distribution list from Outlook to Excel, the contacts information is not displayed.

    Recently I monitored the behavior when working with DL’s and trying to export them into Excel. Let’s take into account the following scenario: You are creating a personal distribution list in Outlook (no matter which version) and you add a few contacts in it. The contacts can be local...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Junk E-mail Safe Senders lists in Outlook

    We are all the time confronted with spam and junk emails and most of us appreciate the fact that “those” emails go into a special folder – the Junk E-mail folder. I will not go into explaining what Junk emails are all about, and I will not start to give details about the way Outlook decides what...
  • Blog Post: Configuring how contacts are displayed in Outlook

    Some may think that the default format of the user/contact template in Outlook is not the most suitable for their needs. The good news is that this appearance can be changed. Let’s start with making the difference between User and Contact: a User is usually a member of our Exchange organization...