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Discussion in 'Exchange Exams' started by Ally, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Ally

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    Quick question; when setting up outlook to connect to an exchange server i realise that its almost always best to tick the 'Use cached exchange mode' for better performance, junk mail features, keeping a local copy on the hard drive (.ost) etc but can anyone tell me when i should clear this? I heard someone mention in work the other day about clearing this is using a laptop? Is this correct and if so why?
    Any information appreciated

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  2. d-Faktor
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    quite the opposite. having a laptop (and assumingly taking it on the road) is one of the reasons why cached mode is such a good solution, because it allows you to take your mailbox with you, offline. a desktop with a continuous connection to the exchange server doesn't necessarily need an offline mailbox, although it is still recommended to use cached mode on a desktop.
     
  3. Ally

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    Yes i can understand what you are saying, using cached mode for a laptop is imperative for accessing your mailbox offline but i would also think that its better in terms of reducing network traffic if a desktop is configured to use this setting also. Also you can still access your mailbox if (or should i say when) your exchange server decides to stop functioning for what ever reason!! I would probably be inclined to use cached mode in both these scenarios, or do you think otherwise?
    Thanks for the reply :D
     
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  4. d-Faktor
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    exactly. cached mode will help reduce traffic, which can be especially useful if you are in a "hub and spokes" scenario: a big mail server on a central location, and your users accessing their mailboxes from remote locations (with sometimes slow connections).
     
  5. Sparky
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    If the users log on at different PCs each day I wouldn’t recommend it if they have large mailboxes. It’ll take a while to set up the local cached copy of the mailbox whereas if you don’t check ‘used cached mode’ you can get straight into the mailbox. 8)
     
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