Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Microsoft Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool

Microsoft just released the Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool (OCAT ), which provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Outlook profile for common configurations that may cause problems.

This first version of OCAT allows you to do the following:
  • Scan your computer;
  • Open a previously run scan on your computer;
  • Import a scan from another computer;
  • Use several reporting formats to view the scan results ;
  • Start the Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer tool;
  • Send feedback to the OCAT team.

System requirements
Before you install OCAT, make sure that your computer meets the following 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 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit or 64-bit)

You also need (minimum version) Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0
Be aware that you must make sure that Outlook is running before you start an OCAT scan!

The document that comes with the download covers really well everything that there is to know with this tool, so I will just post here some examples of what I got when I ran it on my Outlook profile.

Just like ExTRA and ExBPA, there are 3 report types: List Reports, Tree Reports and Other Reports.

When in List Reports, you have an “easy to read” view of Informational Issues, All Issues and Critical Issues:

Tree Reports gives you a more detailed a technical view:

Like I said, OCAT’s manual covers these in great detail, so I just wanted to put here a few example so you know what to expect.

DOWNLOAD: you can find OCAT here.

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