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Full Text Indexing on Exchange 2010

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I recently migrated to Exchange 2010 and am having issues getting Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010 clients to properly search their mailboxes. On Outlook 2003 clients, it isn't bringing up any results and client is runnign in Online mode. I really don't want to go the cached mode route and was wondering if I need to enable something on the server side to make this work for all clients.
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Are you getting any errors on Exchange 2010 server for MSExchange Search Indexer?
Try to test it on the server with the help of the article below
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb123701.aspx
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Server looks good per the article. Does Outlook 2003 HAVE to be in cached mode in order to search?
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Excerpt from the article:

Exchange Search provides a service that's consumed by search clients. These clients include Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office Outlook Web App, Windows Mobile, the Multi-Mailbox Search feature in Exchange 2010, and Exchange Web Services.

In Outlook 2010 and Office Outlook 2007, Outlook profiles used to configure Outlook features on users' computers can be configured to use Cached Exchange Mode. When Outlook is connected to Exchange in an online mode and accesses the Exchange mailbox, changes such as creation of mailbox items, new mail delivery, and deletion of mailbox items takes place on the Mailbox server. In Cached Exchange Mode, Outlook creates a local replica of the Exchange mailbox on the user's computer. This replica is stored in an .ost file in the user's profile. Changes to mailbox items happen in the local replica, which is then synchronized with the Exchange mailbox. For details about Cached Exchange Mode, see About Cached Exchange Mode.

In Cached Exchange Mode, Outlook uses Windows Search, a component built-in in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Windows Search performs content indexing and provides search functionality to Outlook. Interfacing with a local content indexing and search service provides Outlook users running in Cached Exchange Mode a more efficient way to search their mailbox. In addition to indexing e-mail in the offline store, Windows Search also indexes other data residing in the file system. For details about Windows Search, see Windows Search.

Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007 provide your users an easily accessible Instant Search box located on top of the message list pane, so that users can quickly search mailbox content. Additionally, using the Advanced Find feature, users can create more complex search queries using a number of fields and parameters.


For outlook 2003 you need to install windows desktop search on the client

http://msexchangeteam.com/archive/2009/10/15/452883.aspx
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The above is from below article
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232132.aspx

Also answer to your question is you can do search with outlook online mode as well you need to have windows desktop search installed for it or you will have to use advance find.
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