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Aug 192012
 

When it comes to the Enterprise Vault Outlook Addin, an often asked question is:

 What are the differences between the DCOM and HTTP Outlook Add-ins?

Of course, as many people know, these became merged with the Enterprise Vault 10.0.1 Unified Outlook Add-in.  Since then there is only one Outlook Add-in, but prior to that there were indeed two versions of the client, and people often wondered about the differences. 

Here is a table which compares them:

DCOM

HTTP

Ability to archive a single item

Yes

Yes

Ability to restrict archiving to only those message classes defined in the archiving policy

Yes

Yes

Ability to archive a whole folder

Yes

Yes *1

Ability to archive to a particular archive/retention category

Yes

No

Ability to restore an item

Yes

Yes

Ability to restore to a specific folder

Yes

No

Ability to see Enterprise Vault properties on a folder, item, or mailbox

Yes

No

Ability to forward multiple archived items

Yes

No *1

Notes

*1   –   You can not do this if the Add-in is installed on Outlook 2010.

From looking at the table you can see that in many ways the DCOM client is superior, because of all the additional features.  That is true, but for some people the sheer simplicity of the HTTP client is all that is required.  It does work in many more customer scenarios than the DCOM one.

Which would you go for?  Hopefully the answer to that is the 10.0.1 Unified Client!

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