How to recover your data when rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails

When rebuilding, restoring and upgrading fails, you can recover your data. Outlook stores your data in the Data Records folder in your Identity folder.

~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 Identities/Main Identity/Data Records

If you restore your Identity from Time Machine or another backup and it fails to rebuild, or you upgraded to Service Pack 2 (SP2) 14.2.1 and you have missing data you can restore your data from your old Identity. ALWAYS WORK OFF A COPY . . .

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Identity crisis: Why won’t Outlook for Mac open its own messages!?

Oh, that dreaded “Outlook cannot open the file because it is not associated with the default identity” message! We see this when Spotlight finds an Outlook mail message and try to open it. It’s an Outlook message! Why won’t Outlook open its own messages!?

This problem is prevalent in the Microsoft Answers Outlook for Mac forum. After seeing it one more time this weekend I decided to add an entire page on the subject . . .

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Entourage 2008 & Spotlight

Spotlight search in Entourage 2008 is so fast, this one feature makes the upgrade to Entourage 2008 worthwhile. If you’ve been disappointed with Spotlight in the Finder, you’ll find using Spotlight within Entourage 2008 to be easy and blazingly fast. You don’t get results from other file types and there is no setting for kind or type. You can search by a folder, but searching “all messages” is so fast you don’t have to worry . . .

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View Entourage mail in the Finder with a Quick Look plug-in

File this item under “little gems.” With the help of a plug-in, the Finder can display the contents of Entourage mail messages without having to open them in Entourage. Shin-ichi Kawamura has posted Entourage QuickLook Plug-In ver. 1.1 as a free download on his website.

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Optimize Entourage to better work with Exchange

Why is connecting Entourage to Exchange is so tricky sometimes? Mail might work but public folders don’t appear. Maybe the Global Address List (GAL) just doesn’t work. Or maybe getting new messages is just very slooow. The solutions to these problems lie with knowing when to use the right server, knowing how Entourage talks with Exchange and tweaking other software to reduce interference.

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How Entourage works with a mailbox on an Exchange Server

Recommended reading: Amir Haque’s blog post: How Does Entourage Work? The article explains how Entourage works with a mailbox on an Exchange Server. This blog article will encompass the currently supported versions of Entourage & Exchange Server, i.e. Entourage 2004 & 2008, and Exchange 2000, 2003 & 2007. Let’s list all the different features in Entourage for which it needs to talk to Exchange Server or any other server in a Windows Active Directory based . . .

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