Outlook Cached Mode and TCP connections

This post was lingering around for a long time, but the last weeks showed me it’s time.

Actually I came across this topic last year just before Ignite. But somehow this topic felt into oblivion. To make it short:

It’s all about the number of TCP connections an Outlook Client establishes in a Cached Mode. Especially when it comes to shared mailbox or delegate scenarios.

What is Outlook Cached Mode?

Read more about it here. But what you really want to avoid it something like this:

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Exchange ActiveSync folder mapping

A long time ago Jim Martin wrote an excellent article how Exchange maps folder IDs for ActiveSync:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/tips_from_the_inside/2013/06/17/activesync-mapping-a-collection-id-to-a-mailbox-folder/

MVP Glen Scales wrote a script, which uses Exchange Web Service, to query a mailbox and export the information into a CSV file. Glen’s post could be found here.

Lately I had to troubleshoot Exchange ActiveSync devices and had also the need of mapping IDs to folder as the IIS logs contain only the folder IDs. Glen’s script was doing a good job, but wasn’t too user-friendly. Therefore I improved the usability and extended the ability of gathering data.

With this I was able to easily troubleshoot my devices by parsing the IIS logs with my script Get-IISStats.ps1 and the new one: Get-EASFolderMapping.ps1

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Fiddler the allrounder for troubleshooting

In my Ignite session with fellow MVP Andrew Higginbotham Troubleshooting Complex Exchange operational issues, I mentioned Fiddler as a perfect tool for troubleshooting also Exchange ActiveSync clients as well as Exchange servers itself.

After this session a lot of people reached out to me and asked me about how to do this. So I thought a write-up would be a good idea.

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Outlook: Issue with modified occurrences in a series

Currently I see an increasing number of reports about missing body of meeting series. As most of the series are Skype for Business and contain the dial-in information, this is really a bad end-user experience. Imagine you want to join the meeting and have no dial-in information or the attachments are gone.

My first thoughts were that this is a Skype for Business only issue or related to Exchange ActiveSync. But this time it turned out it’s not. After analyzing of several cases, it came down to an Outlook for Windows only issue in a delegate scenario.

Update 19.09.2017

The issue was resolved in Version 1706 (Build 8229.2103), which is the July version of the Current Channel. Please be aware about the changes to Office 365 ProPlus update management! You can read more about the changes here. Either way, when you are on Deferred or Semi-Annual Channel you have to wait for this fix.

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Modern Attachments behind a web proxy

With Exchange 2016 a huge improvement in regards of document collaboration with OneDrive for Business was introduced when you have a Hybrid configured.

You can read more about it here:

When I introduced Exchange 2016, I was more than happy to configure and make this feature available to my end-users. But after I run through the prerequisites and steps, I wasn’t able to get the option in OWA and with Outlook I received the following error:

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The same happened when I was using Outlook for Mac. As different clients, protocols and servers where affected, I assumed a general issue and started troubleshooting.

Update 07.02.2018: Meanwhile a KB article was released

Modern Attachment feature doesn’t work when web proxy used in Exchange Server 2016

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Get-IISStats: Updated version available

Over the last months a lot of changes needed to be addressed. The script was intended to extract data from the IIS logs. With PowerShell in combination with LogParser it did a great job. But different versions of Exchange, changed infrastructure and multiple versions of Exchange ActiveSync protocol demanded an update to fulfill these needs.

The latest version focused on code improvement and added support for the new version of Exchange ActiveSync protocol v16.1 .

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