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xps file type attachments get stripped from content when attached to Outlook or OWA message

Posted on 2008-06-26
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Whenever I attach a .xps file type to Outlook or OWA in our environment the file becomes empty almost immediately.  No need to send it.

I tried the same in a test environment where I can disable Groupshield and the same happens.  There is no blocked attachement message or any warning of any kind.  Just an empty file after a few seconds when I keep the message as a draft.  This really beats me, it`s as if Exchange cannot read the file !?

Cannot find any same topic here or on the web, any Idea?
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Question by:Francketval
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by:Thickman
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Try adding a differnt extension after the .xps

ie.  file.xps.bak
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by:uid94130
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Can you archive the file for transmission?
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by:antioed
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Check this:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555001

then...

This sounds similar to your issue; same behavior, different file type = same fix?

 "A downloaded .xfd file is empty when Outlook Web Access users try to download .xfd file attachments in Exchange Server 2003"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903146
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by:Francketval
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I did change the extension and archive the file even though the xps file is an archive already - same result.  One thing, in my test environment the xps was automatically renamed as an empty .zip file when attached in OWA.

I will check the KB art. and come back but I think I did already... Thanks, back soon
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by:Francketval
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Yes I checked the level1 and level2 attachment allowed/blocking for OWA and Outlook...no success.
Strange!
I did send this same type of file from my Yahoo account to another company who has Echange 2003...no problem.
Also good on Exch2007
Version here  Exch2003 build 7638.2 SP2
Everything else here is fine...  lots of servers...25k seats
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by:antioed
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So that second link I put in my post did not apply to your issue?  Though not the *exact* same extension...does sound like the same behavior.
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by:Francketval
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Oh, just read about the hotfix on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903146/en-us
Thanks antioed !
Does not apply to the same type of file and it mentions SP1 and it refers to OWA (not Outlook and OWA as in my case).  But it sure proves it's a possible problem and points to Exchange directly.  .  Closer... but if it's a sp1 fix... should be fixed on SP2 !  Maybe a case to submit to MS.  Any Other idea...Thank you, will come back tomorrow...

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by:Francketval
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This is my first question ever...  An entry level 500 points, sorry, have no idea if this is fair award ! :)
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by:antioed
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I am not interested in points or prestige here; I like to try to help find solutions and improve my overall skills and knowledge on topics I am interested in.  I say whatever points you want to offer will be fair.

I was mainly curious if you had done this part:

After this hotfix is installed, you can configure a list of additional file name extensions that are allowed through the following registry value:

Location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MSExchangeIS\ParametersSystem\InternetContent
Value: AttachExtensionAllowed
Type: STRING

Note The format for additional file name extensions is as follows: .xxx. This is a placeholder for the extension including the period (".") that comes before the extension. The following are examples of the format: .xfd;.myext1;.myext2
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by:Francketval
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Ok that`s allright,
Well if all that counts is solution, I think we`re on the right track, will see tomorrow.
The store.exe file is more recent on my systems....  so will check this key on test system, then will confirm  if it corrects this on OWA and Outlook.  Tx
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by:Francketval
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The value "AttachExtensionAllowed" does not exist.  Maybe it's added by the Hotfix.  Added it manually with xps extension value but will need to schedule restart if IS.  Tested without restart it does'nt work.  WKYP
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by:Francketval
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Ok, I'm going too fast here, this additional ext. list IS added by the hotfix... but cannot apply it here, will see if works if added manually.
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You are right that it looks like this hotfix looks like it would only apply for OWA but it does say it applies to SP2...not SP1.  Also it says this behavior occurs because Exchange does not know the file type; I am interested to know if this could affect the Outlook client as well...
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by:Francketval
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I don't see a reference to SP2, can you point it out for me.  The file versions are older than the ones I have...   Here I have a process to follow before making the changes (restart services) even in test systems, so will be done next week, IF I can apply the hotfix or add the registry value, as a long shot !?
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by:Francketval
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Ah !  the Article ID 919884 is for a POST SP2 hotfix...I was referencing the Article 903146 that you linked above.  I see, now have something to try, will post back.  Now getting more confident it's the solution.  Thanks !
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by:Francketval
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Test will be on July 03 pm.  Will confirm then if problem fixed for Outlook and OWA.
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