The Exchange team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Offline Address Book Best Practices Guide. The guide provides you with best practices for deploying, managing, and troubleshooting offline address books with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Office Outlook 2003.

To read the guide online or to download it, visit the Exchange Server Downloads page at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=39011

- Alison Hirsch

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Best practice guide for Offline Address Books referred on http://msgoodies.blogspot.com
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Question: why would I use offline address books? When on Exchange, we are always connected and so always have access to the "real" address book.. No? Am I missing something?

Thanks (I find all your articles very informative!)
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You are right - in a case like that - there is no point of using an offline address book.

But for example - If you have clients that are remote, have network connectivity only part of the day when they "sync up" with the server, send the email they created since last connection and receive new email, or if you have clients that use Outlook 2003 in Cached Mode (because of network connectivity issues between the client and the server) - then you need OABs.
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Not sure how much there is to say about using offline address books (apart from the obvious fact that you need one) in Outlook but the Exchange Team have released Best Practices for Using Offline Address Books - this will...
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