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outlook won't stay connected to exchange

outlook won't stay connected to exchange

(OP)
I am running Outlook 2003 on my laptop.  From home, I connect to a VPN then to my Exchange 2003 server at the office.

I am having a hard time getting/staying connected to the exchange server.

Sporadically, I get a connection window that asks for my password to connect to the server.  If I enter my password, the window just pops back up.  If I just click 'cancel', I seem to fare better.

When I click send/receive, Outlook will go to 'connected' status (bottom right corner).  Then it will flip to 'disconnected' and then to 'offline'.

Sometimes I can click send/receive again and get reconnected; other times it won't connect and stays in disconnected or offline state.

A separate and less critical issue - when I am on a dial up connection (rather than high speed), I can NEVER get it to connect to exchange.

What controls the connection to the exchange server? Are there settings on the exchange server that need to be tweaked/changed?  Are there settings in my outlook that need to be changed?

One thing I tried last weekend while using a dial up connection was changing the Seconds until server connection timeout to 999.  It didn't help me get connected on dial up.

Anu suggestions/advice will be appreciated.  Thanks!

RE: outlook won't stay connected to exchange

with exchange2003 server, why bother to use vpn? you can use "rpc over https" for a secured remote connection

RE: outlook won't stay connected to exchange

dial up is probably a name resolution issue.
VPN is probably dropping which causes your problem.

Definitely recommend you go to Outlook Anywhere.

RE: outlook won't stay connected to exchange

(OP)
Here's what I did to resolve:
1. Deleted and set up my outlook connection to exchange again.  Couldn't open outlook - "set of folders could not be opened" error.
2. Ran scanpst.exe on my pst folder.
3. Made exchange be non-cached.
4. Opened outlook successfully.
5. Made exchange cached again.

Everything seems to be fine now.  Staying connected without issue.
Corrupt pst or ost?  Not sure.

RE: outlook won't stay connected to exchange

Result. Not a solid documentable one, but if it works I won't insist on documentation...

RE: outlook won't stay connected to exchange

(OP)
yeah, well, it works.  Exchange guru or even amateur I am NOT.

Now if I could just get my dial up issue resolved . . . .

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