Outlook and Exchange on the same computer

In 2004, I wrote an article Why Can't I Have Outlook and Exchange on the same Computer? It applied to versions of Exchange prior to Exchange Server 2007. When written, E12 (Exchange 2007) was still quite early in development at MSFT...

Today, times and situations have changed.

With Exchange Server 2007, in fact, the export-mailbox command is only supported on 32-bit machines. This means that you must run export-mailbox on a 32-bit Vista or XP computer where the Exchange Management Tools have been installed, along with Outlook! Amazing.

And, in fact, there are times where Outlook (or the CDO/MAPI binaries) will be required to be executed on an Exchange server to get certain tools to work, including OABinteg and MFCmapi.

Prior to Exchange Server 2007, installing Outlook on an Exchange Server would replace certain DLLs that Exchange required with stub libraries that Outlook used instead. This could break Exchange severely.

Those problem DLLs are gone in Exchange Server 2007. This gives us clear sailing for Outlook and Exchange on the same computer - both servers and workstations.

Thanks to Dave Goldman and Ben Winzenz, both of Microsoft, for answering my questions on this topic.

Until next time...

As always, if there are items you would like me to talk about, please drop me a line and let me know!

Published Sunday, July 06, 2008 6:01 PM by michael
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