How to solve connection problems with the OAB (Offline Address Book)

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Written by Thomas Speekenbrink

Overview:

In the Technical settings you have retrieved the settings, both the EWS as the OAB.
The test connection is succesful for only the EWS. The OAB test returned a 404 / 403 Unauthorized error.

This is because the Offline Address Book is empty or not available. You can test this by browsing to the OAB using the Exchange Offline Address Book Url:

https://www.<Domain>/OAB/<Mailboxfolder – ex. 06c30eh0-f738-4f2a-896c-335ef18g1667>/OAB.xml

The reason it can not be reached might be because it is a new installation. The OAB will only be updated once per day.

If you can reach the Management Console, go to the Offline Addressbooks and click on Update.

Updating the OAB is also possible through the PowerShell console … via the command ‘Get-OfflineAddressbook | Update-OfflineAddressbook’

As a fallback you can add the Synchronizer users to the addressbook of the SyncUser through the OWA (Outlook Web Access). These will be loaded when the OAB is not available.

How to:

What to do when the error persists? Open the Explorer on the Exchange server
Browse to Microsoft\Exchange Server\V14\ClientAccess\OAB

This folder was empty?
Restarting the service MS Exchange System Attendant did not even fix this?

  • Go to Microsoft\Exchange Server\ExchangeOAB and copy the folder
  • Paste it in the V14\ClientAccess\OAB folder
  • Check if the name of the folder is the same as in the OAB URL in the Technical settings of the Exchange admin. If not change it in the Sync admin
  • Test the connection again and it should now work

 

It can also be that the OAB is not set to load the global address list, you can check this on the Exchange server: 
  1. Open the Microsoft Exchange server
  2. Go to Organization Configuration and to the Mailbox
  3. There click the tab Offline Address Book
  4. This will open a window, where you click the Address Lists tab
  5. If both are ticked, please ensure that only Include the default Global Address List is ticked