The delegates page is not available error when setting a delegate in Outlook 2010 or 2007

Original KB number:   2753709


Assume that you do one of the following:

  • You select the Delegate Access button on the Account Settings menu in Microsoft Outlook 2010.
  • You select the Delegates tab in the Options dialog box in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

In this situation, you receive the following error messages:

The delegates page is not available. Cannot access Outlook folder. The connection to Microsoft Exchange is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action.


This issue occurs in a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 environment.


This issue occurs because an account attribute in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) references the value of a deleted object. For example, the account attribute references CN=Deleted Objects.


To work around this issue, remove the value of the deleted object in the affected account attribute by using the Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) Edit tool.


To identify which value belongs to the deleted object in the account attribute, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the value of the distinguishedName attribute of the affected account by using the ADSI Edit tool.
  2. Export an .ldf file. To do this, use the value that you copied to run the following command in an elevated command prompt (cmd.exe):
    Ldifde -f drive:\filename.ldf -d "distinguishedName value"
  3. Open the .ldf file in an application such Notepad.
  4. Type CN=Deleted Objects in the Find function.

More information

For more information about the ADSI Edit tool, see ADSI Edit (adsiedit.msc)

For more information about the ldifde command, see Ldifde