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Outlook 2003 exchange user has delay in receiving e-mail.

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We have a user using Outlook 2003 on an Exchange 2003 account.  It takes about one to two minutes to receive e-mail in outlook (even internally, which is why it's an issue).  No other user is having this issue, and their mail comes in instantly.  I have recreated the profile and looked at the send/receive group in his Outlook options.  Does anyone have any idea on a fix for this?

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In the lower right corner of Outlook does it state that his outlook is working online to the exchange server?
Also is he connecting directly to the exchange server or is outlook connecting using RPC over https?
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Correction: HTTPS over RPC
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if the Outlook 2k3 client has a local/software firewall running, it may be part of the problem.

is the OL 2k3 client configured to use Cached Mode?  
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I'm not sure, but I think I've seen this issue before and the user was working in cached mode inside exchange.  I know this sounds stupid, and it doesn't make sense, but might be something to test.  Sorry I don't have a better answer.

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Not using HTTPS over RPC, but he is using cached mode.  Everyone else is using cached mode as well, and they aren't having any issues
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If possible you could log into Outlook Web Access for the user and see if it takes the same amount of time to receive an e-mail. That would limit it down to an exchange problem or an outlook client issue.
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I tested OWA and the e-mail is instant there.  Seems to be an Outlook issue?
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or a firewall issue... I seem to recall Exchange broadcasts UDP packets to alert clients when new messages arrive... if UDP is blocked, Outlook will only detect info-store changes during the send/receive process.
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That is something worth checking make sure that Windows Firewall is disabled on the local machine. Control Panel -> Windows Firewall
I would also create a new outlook profile and configure it with the exact same settings and check if the problem exists on the new profile. The outlook profile may have become corrupt.
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