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Opening shared contacts locks up Outlook

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The last two times I tried to open Contacts for our company and search for a name, the outlook locks up and I get a not responding for Outlook.
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by:MATTHEW_L
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How many contacts are in the shared contacts?  Is this a public folder or the GAL?

I once had a problem with searching local contacts that it would freeze up at a certain point every time.  There was a corrupt contact.

You may try a re-creation of teh outlook profile, as that takes care of a lot of problems.
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by:Nmagsaysay
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6800 contacts in  a public folder.
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by:MATTHEW_L
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Is this happening on multiple Outlook clients?

Give the re-create the Outlook profile a shot.
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by:Nmagsaysay
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It's happening company wide i don't have the option of re-creating the profile.  Is there a limit to public contacts?
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by:MATTHEW_L
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I'm not sure of a hard set limit, but I would say that 6800 in one shared contact is a lot, and very easily causing the problem.
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Any suggestions on resolving the issue?
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You may look into full text indexing on the public folder which may help the search performance.

Is it locking up only when searching or when just browsing through the folder.

You could also try to split the contacts up a bit.  Have a top level folder, and then have different divisions of contacts in separate contact folders beneath the top level.

If it is just searches, try full text indexing.

What kind of server is this running on?
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Can i do the indexing at one spot or does each Outlook client have to run it?  I"m running an SBS 2003 Server.
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by:MATTHEW_L
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Full text indexing is configured on the Exchange server in Enterprise System Manager.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb124634.aspx
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Sembee earned 500 total points
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If you leave Outlook, does it respond eventually?
I would personally look at splitting the folder up. That is a lot of contacts and while there is not a technical limit, there is a limit to what users can take. Splitting the list up makes it more manageable.

Simon.
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