Posting Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup script survey results

Microsoft released Outlook 15 for Mac 3-1/2 months ago to its Office 365 Exchange Online customers. Prior to that I had some foresight this new version would break a script I wrote originally for Microsoft Entourage and later Outlook for Mac. The script enabled administrators to help their users configure Exchange settings in environments where Autodiscover didn’t work.

In early September 2014, I posted a survey and solicited responses from Mac admins who used this . . .

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Use retention policies to automatically archive messages

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Outlook for Mac has never had an automatic archiving feature. And it still doesn’t. However, Outlook 15 supports accessing Online Archive messages stored on Exchange 2010 or higher and Office 365 servers. These servers use a feature called retention policies, which automatically archive messages based on schedules set by the administrator.

The advantage retention policies offer is they run on the server and don’t require Outlook to move messages. An administrator can create multiple retention . . .

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Solution posted for Exchange repeatedly losing connection to server

Emily D posted the following solution on Microsoft Answers today for Exchange repeatedly losing connecton to server. Visit this link to join in the discussion.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/forum/macoffice2011-macoutlook/outlook-for-mac-2011-repeatedly-loses-connection/7d3ed7bf-9fed-48e4-b16d-44ac3309ef72?page=5

We disabled EWS Digest Authentication in our Exchange server over the weekend. So far, Outlook 2011 on a MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro has stayed connected to Exchange without a disconnect or prompt for password. If the lid of the laptop is closed and then reopened, Outlook 2011 reconnects . . .

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Responses needed: Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup Script Survey

Mac Admins, if you’re currently using any version of my Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup Script, I need your responses. The script I’m referencing is available at these two locations:

Version 4.0.1 – http://www.officeformachelp.com/outlook/exchange/setup-script/ Version 4.5.2 – https://github.com/talkingmoose/Outlook-Exchange-Setup

Some planned changes in Outlook for Mac will break the automatic setup portion of the script and I will not be able to create a workaround for it. If you rely on this feature of the script, . . .

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The case of the fractured firewall: Outlook for Mac causes DoS attacks

Preface: A big thank you to Patrick Fergus for his efforts and this article! He worked diligently with Microsoft support for several months to troubleshoot an issue that was effectively causing an internal Denial of Service (DoS) attack against his company’s firewall. The culprit? Outlook for Mac. And while working with Patrick, Microsoft discovered a second major issue with excessive open files caused by the licensing system in Office for Mac. His work contributed to . . .

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Control sending read receipts in Outlook for Mac 14.3.9

Microsoft quietly added the ability for Outlook for Mac users to control whether they send read receipts in its recent 14.3.9 update. However, this new feature is not a full implementation of the read receipts standard described in RFC 2298 and later documents.

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Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.3.2 Update

Microsoft has released the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.3.2 Update. (113 MB) Installation requires first installing the 14.3.1 update. According to the update’s description it addresses one security issue and includes multiple bug fixes.

The update addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook for Mac that could allow Internet-based images to be downloaded without the customer’s consent. This would allow the site to know the message has been received and viewed.

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Microsoft releases Office for Mac 2011 14.2.4 Update

Microsoft has released the out-of-band Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 14.2.4 Update. (111 MB) Although this update includes prior updates since 14.1.0, installation issues require first installing the 14.2.3 update on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) systems due to GateKeeper.

According to the update’s description it adds support for MacBook Pros with Retina displays and includes new features and fixes for Outlook for Mac.

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Microsoft corrects documentation for Outlook for Mac and Exchange logging

Support personnel who attempted to follow instructions for filtering Exchange logs with Outlook for Mac more than likely found the results far from useful. This was because the original instructions were incorrect. Microsoft has updated its Turn logging on or off in Outlook for Mac 2011 page with corrected information.

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OS X 10.8 removes iTunes sync support with Outlook for Mac

Update: After a few comments from folks saying they are not seeing issues I retested syncing on a clean install of Mountain Lion and Office 14.2.3. Indeed, they’re correct. Syncing between Outlook for Mac and Mountain Lion’s Calendar and Contacts applications is working as expected. Although, I made efforts to test carefully the first time I can only assume I made a mistake in my efforts. Apologies to anyone I’ve misled.

 

Today, on my . . .

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