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Outlook over the Internet synchronization isses.

I have a SBS 2003 server setup with Outlook over the internet.  This works fine for most users, however a few are having problems.  

1. On my laptop when I open outlook I always get a message "Exchange is in recovery mode..etc., If I click connect I am prompted for username/password, and I connect OK, my laptop reflects the current content.  If I select work offline, I get a copy from November, which is when this laptop was connected to the LAN.  (I have had this laptop off of the local network since November).  I have tried to change the cached mode, to off and back to on, but this did not help.

2.  A few other remote users have mentions this type of behavour, but without the recovery mode message, where the online and offline content is different.  I set up these clients when they were local, and now they are on the road.  Shouldn't both online and offline be the same after a synchronizatiion?

Thaks - Wayne
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Typically, when Outlook thinks Exchange is in recovery mode it is because you've connected to a new mailbox, not the one from which the offline cache (OST file) was originally created.  This is usually caused when you have an exchange server failure and you choose to use "dial-tone" recovery where you create a new mail store rather than restoring your previous mail store (typically used if getting mail flowing is more critical than taking the time needed to restore to the same server).

To get out of recovery mode, back up any critical mail from your offline cached copy to a PST.  Then go into your account properties in outlook on the local PC and disable cached mode and disable offline use.  Restart outlook, and re-enable offline use, but change the name of the offline folder (so that it creates a new OST), then re-enable exchange cached mode (if desired).  Note that this same method should work if you're having sync issues without the recovery mode messages - just make sure you have a good PST file with anything you need to save before you disable offline use as recovery from the offline cache will be significantly more complicated once you've disabled offline use (and impossible if you permenantly delete the old OST file)
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