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Exchange and Outlook 2010 : autocomplete questions

Posted on 2011-03-11
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Hi gurus,

I'm a bit confused on how autocomplete works in Exchange/Outlook 2010...I understand that autocomplete is supposed to be included in exchange (i.e. no more .Nk2 file) and if you dump the entire mailbox to a .pst file, it'd be included there too.

now my question is 2 folds:

1) When importing a backedup pst file to a restored mailbox (via mailboximportrequest cmdlet) , autocomplete is gone...Is there a way to restore autocomplete from a pst file?

2) Is autocomplete on Outlook 2010 and OWA two seperate entities?  When upgrading to Exchange 2010, i had thought autocomplete was supposed to be centralized, no?

thanks in advance.
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in exchange 2010 the autocomplete is now in the "Suggested Contacts" indeed it is in your inbox and it is centralized it is the same in your outlook or you owa
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I've actually read various posts that stated that autocomplete and suggest contacts are two seperate things that relate to each other...I.e. you can have suggested contacts but it doesn't mean they'll appear in your autocomplete when composing a new email...Whereas if you have autocomplete, they'll be in your suggested contacts.

Case in point, I restored a mailbox from a pst file that was originally exported from outlook 2010/exchange 2010, after completion, the suggested contacts were all there, but autocomplete was empty.

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well I might be wrong but this is not my understanding as far as I know they are the same thing.

if you go to file -> Options -> Contacts -> is the check box under suggested contacts "automatically blablabla..." checked ?
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no, that doesn't do anything...It just ensures that any new email address will be added to suggested contacts.

I'm looking to restore autocomplete when composing a new email.
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are new entries created and active in suggested contacts? (not the one you restored)
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New entries show up...just trying to get what's in the suggested contacts to show in autocomplete.

At least prior to 2010, nk2 file is more predictable...now, I have no clue.
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Try to add one manually in suggested contacts and see if it shows (it should)... If it does move the entries to a pst and try importingback again
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seems like it should work...thanks!

Still a bit annoyed that importing/exporting from Exchange 2010 doesn't automatically restore the autocomplete addresses.
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