This week, the Send and Receive task in Outlook 2007 SP2 and Outlook 2010 started hanging while trying to download from Exchange Server 2007 SP3 on SBS 2008.
If I highlighted the stuck process, I could see that it wasn’t able to get the Offline Address Book: Some articles point to Autodiscover as the problem.
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(In my case it was IIS-OAB) Note The Web.config file may not be in the virtual directories or the application directories in IIS. In the Enter the object names to select box, type is a placeholder for the computer name.
Even in this situation, you need to follow these steps. Click to select the Read check box, and then click OK.
I learned the trick of holding the Ctrl key while right-clicking on the Outlook icon in the system tray.
That let me Test E-Mail Autoconfiguration and determine that my autodiscovery wasn’t working too well.
My computer slows down when Outlook shows the "Updating Address Book" status. In computers with slow hard disk drives, such as portable computers, or running Outlook in a Virtual machine, the process of updating the address book can slow down the computer if the hard disk is fragmented.