configuring outlook from outiside of lan and contact folder problem

Trying to configure Outlook to use from outside of lan. I need contacts to be the same, but IMAP shows contact folder as regular email folder and it stripped out all fields and show contact information as like email. Outlook 2003. Do I need to configure outlook as LDAP to connect to the server, not IMAP? I think LDAP is not secure through firewall to open...
Is there a way to get my contacts to outlook outside of lan with the contact form is intact?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Normally, you should be using RPC over HTTP to do this kind of thing. Are you the Exchange admin? What version of Exchange is on the server? If RPC over HTTP isn't available and you don't have control over whether it's made available, then I suggest using OWA (Outlook Web Access) instead of Outlook.
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
Yes, I manage exchange server. what ports do I have to open or enable RPC over HTTP? And is it safe and common to do it?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Which version of Exchange is this?
Outlook Anywhere is the preferred remote access solution, as it only requires port 443 and a valid SSL certificate. Very common to open that port as it allows OWA and ActiveSync to be used.
Does require manual configuration on Outlook 2003 though - Autodiscover was only introduced in Outlook 2007.

Simon.
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
If by any chance you're using SBS, then it is probably already configured.  You should make sure that you have an SSL certificate configured and applied properly, although you can use it without SSL but SSL makes it more secure.  That also is automatically set up with SBS 2003, but if you haven't been using, for example, Outlook Web Access, then you may have an expired SSL certificate.  The only open ports required for RPC over HTTP/S are the normal browsing ports 80 and 443; that's the beauty of it.

All other things considered, if you're using Exchange 2003, then here are the instructions for configuring RPC over HTTP:

http://www.petri.co.il/how-can-i-configure-rpc-over-https-on-exchange-2003-single-server-scenario.htm#

If you're using a different version of Exchange, then please post it, or you can look up on the Petri site for instructions for other versions of Exchange.
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
exchange 2003 std and outlook 2003, can be upgraded to 2007
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
think I have to do this over weekend. Thanks!!!!
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
You're welcome, and good luck!
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