Verify connection to Exchange through the Internet

This feature requires you to use a Microsoft Exchange 2003 or later account. Most home and personal accounts do not use Exchange.

If you connect to your Exchange server through the Internet, and you are not using a virtual private network (VPN) (virtual private network (VPN): Extension of a private network encompassing encapsulated, encrypted, and authenticated links across shared or public networks. VPN connections provide remote access and connections to private networks over the Internet.) or connection to your organization's network, you can verify your connection by doing the following:

  1. Press and hold CTRL, and then right-click the Microsoft Outlook icon in the notifications area.

Connection Status, a new menu item, will appear on the notification area menu.

  1. Click Connection Status.

Under Activity, the Conn column should display HTTP, and the Status column should display Established. This confirms you have successfully connected to your Exchange server through the Internet. If the Conn column displays TCP/IP, you are connected through your local area network (LAN).

Applies to:
Outlook 2003