Monday, January 31, 2011

Exchange 2010 - Can't Download OAB

During a migration from Exchange 2007->Exchange 2010, I could not figure out why my OAB would not download after deleting & re-creating it.

Originally, we were having an issue where Outlook 2003 clients would throw "Task 'Microsoft Exchange Server' reported error (0x8004010F): "The operation failed.  An object could not be found." when attempting to send/receive.  I tracked the issue down to the OAB after a short Google search. 

Our OAB virtual directory was actually empty, and there was no GUID folder before I found the solution below.

When attempting to download the OAB directly from Exchange 2010, one would receive the message: "An error occurred while opening the Microsoft Exchange Offline Address Book files," and event ID 27 (source: Outlook), "The operation failed," would be recorded in the application event log.

This post provided the solution.  After running the command in Exchange Management Console on the 2010 server:


I was able to download the OAB successfully from Outlook 2010.


  1. Thanks for the info, there were a couple of switches required for me.
    update-FileDistributionService -identity SERVERNAME -Type "OAB"

    1. Yea your command worked perfectly!!