Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0

The Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 was recently made available to download.

According to a post at the Microsoft Exchange Team blog, here are the new features:

  • Automatic downloading of new detection rules – As we create new rules to detect issues or to collect additional information about your Outlook profile, we will post a new updated rule file to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new rule file and prompt you to update OCAT if a new file is found.
  • Automatic downloading of OCAT installation files – As we update and fix the core OCAT application, we will post a new Windows Installer package file (.Msi) to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new installer file and prompt you to update OCAT if a new file is found.
  • Addition of the CalCheck tool – The Calendar Checking Tool (CalCheck) for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. This tool is now included in OCAT to scan for and report on any known problems with items on your primary Calendar.
  • Addition of new detection rules – To greatly enhance the list of known issues detected by OCAT, approximately 75 new rules were added to OCAT version 2.
  • Improved support for Outlook 2003 – OCAT v1 supported Outlook 2003 using offline scans, however, most people did not realize it because of the error shown when you tried to run an Online scan.
  • Command-line version of OCATcmd.exe – OCAT version 2 includes a command-line version of OCAT (OCATcmd.exe) that administrators can use to scan computers in their organization. Please see the OCAT v2 Supplemental Information Download.docx file for details on how to use the command-line version of OCAT.

Brief Description
The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile and mailbox for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.

The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 provides a detailed report of your current Outlook profile and mailbox. This report includes many parameters about your profile, and it highlights any known problems that are found in your profile or mailbox. For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article that describes a possible fix for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also export the report to a file. Then, the report can be viewed in the Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client computer where the tool is installed. The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OCAT scan without user intervention.

System requirements
Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3

This download works with the following Microsoft Office programs:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 (Offline Scans only)
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit or 64-bit)

The following minimum version of the Microsoft .NET Framework is required:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0

The .NET Programmability Support feature included with Office must also be installed.

Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator v19.9

Ross Smith IV announced at the Microsoft Exchange Team Blog that the Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator has been updated to version 19.9.

According to the Updates Tracking page, here’s the list of changes:

Version 19.9 Updates


  • Revised name of Offline Address Book in MailboxDatabases.csv file

  • Integrated revised CreateMBDatabases.ps1 script that better handles database creation with large numbers of databases

  • Integrated revised CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 script that performs faster

  • Added validation check to ensure message profile has a mailbox size limit

  • Added 4TB disks as a disk selection option

  • Included prompt for 2nd site GC for on DB Export Primary DB List dialog

  • Included prompt for 1st and 2nd site GC on Export Copy DB List dialog

  • Revised default for GC on Export Primary DB List dialog to use FQDN

  • Revised default for Public Folder DB on Export Primary DB List dialog to clarify it is a DB name

  • Added problem explanation text to Distribution tab status line to show why the Calculator considers a configuration invalid

  • Updated CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 to use GC1 and GC2 from export file

  • Added status information to Diskpart.ps1 to show the state of disks before and after script execution

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with "Number of Active Databases / PDC (After Second PDC Server Failure)" formula to ensure that the PDC cannot have more active databases than possible
  • Removed rounding on calculating number of active databases / server
  • Fixed "DB and Log LUN Design / Server" to accurately calculate /DAG totals when 2 LUNs / Backup Set architecture is chosen
  • Fixed conditional formatting issue with Number of Mailbox Servers when the design utilizes standalone Mailbox servers
  • Fixed bug preventing running multiple StorageCalc instances from running concurrently
  • Fixed bug when saving a workbook under a new name after making changes to the original workbook
  • Fixed "Number of Mailbox Cores Required to Support Activated Databases in Secondary Datacenter" to accurately take into account the correct number of remaining servers
  • Fixed diskpart.ps1 script to ensure it can be re-executed
  • Fixed diskpart.ps1 script to cater for embedded spaces in mountpoints
  • Fixed CreateMBDatabaseCopies.ps1 to read input for Primary site and Secondary site DC’s
  • Fixed Export Primary Databases List to use PF Database instead of PF Server

To get the detailed instructions on how to use it, read Exchange 2010 Mailbox Server Role Requirements Calculator.

To download the tool itself, click here.

Update for Outlook Junk E-mail Filter – June 2012

Microsoft has recently released the June updates for the Outlook 2007/2010 Junk E-mail Filter.

"This update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail."

The update is available for Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 (32-bit, 64-bit) or you can use Microsoft Update. As usual the update comes with the corresponding Knowledge Base article:

TechNet Magazine – June 2012

The June 2012 edition of the TechNet Magazine is now available for online reading.

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