Troubleshooting: Microsoft Office Outlook Integration and Synchronization

This topic lists some common problems that can occur when you use the Microsoft Office Outlook Add-in.

Cleaning Up Data and Configuration Information

You may have to test multiple installations and configurations of the Dynamics NAV Synchronization Add-in.

To make sure that you are starting from a clean installation, you should delete the following files from your computer before you start a new setup. The following table describes the details.

Product version Description File location
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 Storage of what has been synchronized and set up in the add-in. C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\OutlookSynch\settings.xml
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Storage of what has been synchronized and set up in the add-in. C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft Dynamics NAV\OutlookSynch

Treating Uncompleted Tasks that Have Been Deleted

If you attempt to delete a task in Outlook before the task is completed, after you synchronize, you will receive a message noting that there is a conflict, because the Outlook version of the task has been deleted. When you address the conflict and delete it, and synchronize again, the task is added back to the Tasks folder as completed.

To work around this problem, create a task, synchronize the first time, and set the status of the task to Complete. Synchronize again, and then delete the task. Synchronize again.

When you are setting up a user and specifying APP and Task entities, you cannot use the Outlook Links collection, which is not supported by Outlook 2013. If you have configured links, when you synchronize, it will fail with the following error:

An error has occurred during the synchronization process. You can find the error details in the DynamicsNAVsync.log file.

To work around this problem, do not configure the APP and TASK entities to use the Links collection.

Verifying Information in the Change Log Setup Window

By default, the change log is activated. However, you may want to verify that the activation is valid. For example, you may have to do this when no Contacts or To-Dos are synchronized when Outlook synchronization runs.

To verify the Change Log Setup setting

  1. In the Search box, enter Change Log Setup, and then choose the related link.

  2. Verify that the Change Log Activated field is selected.

  3. To validate specific Change Log Setup settings, on the Actions tab, in the Setup group, choose Tables.

  4. The default change log setup contains information for the Salesperson/Purchaser, Contact, and To-do tables. You can make additional modifications.

Synchronizing Addresses for Contacts

When you specify a salesperson for a contact and then synchronize the contact with Outlook, information from the contact’s Country/Region Code field in Dynamics NAV is missing from the Address field in the Outlook Contact form. When you attempt to modify information, for example, the street address, for the contact’s address in Outlook, and then synchronize that information back to Dynamics NAV, you may encounter the following error:.

An Outlook item cannot be synchronized because the Country/Region Code field of the CONT_PERS entity cannot be processed. Try again later and if the problem persists contact your system administrator.

To fix this issue, add the country/region information to the multiline address field in the Outlook Contact form and then proceed with synchronization.

Setting Conditions

Setting conditions for the TASK and APP entities is required. Meetings and tasks need a Meeting Organizer or Task Owner, so you must create a condition.

To configure conditions

  1. In the Search box, enter Outlook Synch. User Setup, and then choose the related link.

  2. Select the line for the APP entity, and then select the Condition field.

  3. In the Outlook Synch. Filters -Condition window, in the Field Name field, select Salesperson Code.

  4. In the Value field, add the code for the salesperson.

  5. Repeat these steps for the TASK entity.

    Setting conditions is not required, but you should do it to prevent mass data transfer to a local mailbox or a public folder. In large environments with hundreds of contacts, you may want to set conditions to limit the data that is to be synchronized to every salesperson who has a mailbox that is configured for Outlook synchronization.

    If there are no conditions set for the contacts entities, then you may get the following message to view the debug log:

    Closing Mapi session "/o=First Organization/ou=First Administrative Group/cn=Recipients/cn=XY" because it exceeded the maximum of 250 objects of type "objtMessage

    This is due to a security setting on the Exchange Server. If a large set of data, which is first triggered with 250 objects, is synchronized to Exchange Server, then Exchange Server logs an error in the event log file and does not let you add the data to the mailbox.

    To work around this limitation, you can adjust the registry based on the objects that can be found in event ID 9646 in the application event log file on Exchange Server. After you have completed setting conditions, you may have to register the changes in the change log but only if you have made changes to the default configuration in the Outlook Synch. Entities window. The changes are registered in the following order in the change log: CONT_SP, CONT_COMP, CONT_PERS, TASK, and APP entity.

    For more information, see the following articles:

Locating the Error Log Created By the Outlook Synchronization Process

You may receive the following message:

An Error has occurred during the synchronization process. You can find the error details in the log file

The location of this log file depends on the operating system that you are using. You can find the path of the file by looking in the Outlook.exe.config file: c:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office<version number>\Outlook.exe.config.

Note

You can modify the Outlook.exe.config file to change the amount of information that is logged in the log file and to show more detailed information. For more information, see Knowledge Base article 944237: How to enable the log file mode for the Outlook Synchronization feature in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 (requires PartnerSource account).

Synchronizing Large Sets of Data

Synchronizing large amounts of data can cause issues with the connection through NAS Services and web services.

If you are synchronizing with the web services connection, then the maximum size of the web service can be changed. You can configure the maximum permitted size of a web services request in the CustomSettings.config file.

<!--  Maximum permitted size of a web services request, in kilobytes-->  
<add key="WebServicesMaxMsgSize" value="512"></add>  

You should not regularly synchronize large sets of data, although it may be appropriate to do this during initial setup. Instead, we recommend that you change the web service size back to an appropriate level after you perform a full synchronization.

Setting Up Microsoft Outlook Integration in a Three-Machine Environment

When selecting a company, you may receive a message that resembles one of the following messages:

  • The connection to "" Microsoft Dynamics NAV database failed. The program returned the following error: GetCompaniesList error: The login failed when connecting to SQL Server <DatabaseTier>. connection string: NavSynchronizationUrl=http://<ServiceTier>:7047/DynamicsNAV71/WS/Codeunit/DynamicsNAVsynchOutlook;CompanyName=<CompanyName>; Please verify your synchronization settings. If the problem persists contact your system administrator.

  • The connection to "" Microsoft Dynamics NAV database failed. The program returned the following error: GetCompaniesList error: The request failed with HTTP status 401: Unauthorized. connection string: NavSynchronizationUrl=http://<ServiceTier>:7047/DynamicsNAV70/WS/Codeunit/DynamicsNAVsynchOutlook;CompanyName=<CompanyName>; Please verify your synchronization settings. If the problem persists contact your system administrator.

    In the message, <DatabaseTier> is the server name of the SQL Server, <ServiceTier> is the server name of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Server, and <CompanyName> is the company name.

    These errors can occur if Dynamics NAV web services are not set up with the correct Service Principal Names (SPN) and delegation information. They can also occur if the web service path is not set correctly in the Connection tab. For more information, see Walkthrough: Installing the Three Tiers on Three Computers. You can also see the NAV 2009 Web Services on a three machine setup blog post in the Dynamics NAV Team Blog on MSDN.

Configuring the Outlook Profile in an Environment Other than Microsoft Exchange

When you add and configure a new user Outlook profile in an environment other than Microsoft Exchange and are working with the TASK entity, you must make sure that the name of the Active Directory user (Full name) or name of the Mailbox owner matches the Salesperson as configured on the Salesperson/Purchaser card.

Otherwise, you may receive this message:

The error occurred while setting the Owner property of the item: Task owner can be set to XXX only

Displaying the Dynamics NAV Synchronization Toolbar

After you reinstall the Microsoft Office Outlook Add-in, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Synchronization toolbar items may not appear in Outlook on the Add-ins tab, even though the toolbar is selected in the list of available toolbars from the View menu. This occurs because an earlier version of the add-in is running during reinstallation.

To display the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Synchronization toolbar

  1. In Outlook, on the File tab, choose Options, and then, in the Options dialog, choose Add-Ins.

  2. In the Manage box, verify that COM Add-ins is selected, and then choose Go.

  3. If the Dynamics NAV Synchronization Add-in is selected, clear the check box, and then choose the OK button.

  4. In the Manage box, verify that COM Add-ins is selected, and then choose Go.

  5. Select the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Synchronization Add-in check box, and then choose the OK button.

Showing Synchronization

We recommend that you enable the Show Synchronization Progress option in Outlook so that a user knows when synchronization is occurring. This helps a user avoid receiving an error if Outlook is closed when synchronization is occurring.

To set rules for synchronization

  1. In Outlook, on the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Synchronization toolbar, choose Settings.

  2. On the General tab, select the Show synchronization progress and Show synchronization summary check boxes.

Finding Additional Information

For additional information about the set up and configuration of the Microsoft Dynamics Synchronization Add-in, see the Dynamics NAV Help. You can search for the "Set Up Outlook Synchronization" topic as a starting point. In addition, see the Outlook Integration Installation & Setup Technical White Paper (requires PartnerSource account). Although this document describes installation for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0, much of the information applies to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. You can also find troubleshooting information on the NAV Developer's Blog on MSDN.

See Also

Walkthrough: Setting Up Outlook Synchronization
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