The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 (OCAT ) provides a quick and easy method to analyze your Microsoft Office Outlook profile and mailbox for common configurations that may cause problems in Outlook. This can be very useful for busy Help Desk personnel when end-users call for help with Outlook or when you want to identify possible issues with Outlook proactively.
For any problems that are listed in the report, you are provided a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article that describes a possible fix for the problem. If you are a Help Desk professional, you can also export the report to a file. Then, the report can be viewed in the Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool on another client computer where the tool is installed. The Outlook Configuration Analyzer Tool 2.0 also includes a command-line version that can be used to collect an OCAT scan without user intervention.
· Automatic downloading of new detection rules
As we create new rules to detect issues or to collect additional information about your Outlook profile, we will post a new updated rule file to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new rule file and provide a mechanism to update OCAT if a new file is found.
· Automatic downloading of OCAT installation files
As we update and fix the core OCAT application, we will post a new Windows Installer package file (.Msi) to the Internet. With the default OCAT version 2 configuration, OCAT will automatically check for a new installer file and provide a mechanism to update OCAT if a new file is found.
· Addition of the CalCheck tool
The Calendar Checking Tool (CalCheck) for Outlook is a command-line program that checks Outlook Calendars for problems. This tool is now included in OCAT to scan for and report on any known problems with items on your primary Calendar.
Please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for additional information about the CalCheck tool.
2678030 Information about the Calendar Checking Tool for Outlook (CalCheck)
· Addition of new detection rules
To greatly enhance the list of known issues detected by OCAT, approximately 175 new rules were added since the first version shipped.
· Command-line version of OCATcmd.exe
OCAT version 2 includes a command-line version of OCAT (OCATcmd.exe) that administrators can use to scan computers in their organization.
· Office 365 resources added
To help Office 365 customers with Outlook problems, we added a link on the OCAT Welcome page to an article that provides a list of resources to help with top issues and how-to problems in Office 365. We also added detection rules specific to Office 365 issues.
· New modern user interface
The colors, fonts, and icons in OCAT were updated to mirror those found in Windows 8.