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Error message when you try to synchronize a account in Outlook 2007 or in Outlook 2003: "Error 3212. Unable to connect" or "Error 4101. Unable to connect"

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You have Microsoft Office Outlook Connector installed in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 or in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003. When you try to synchronize a account in Outlook, the account is not synchronized. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles one of the following error messages:
Error 3212. Unable to connect.
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Error 4104. Unable to connect.
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This issue may occur if one of the following conditions is true:
  • There is a high traffic situation on the server.
  • There is a service disruption on the server.
  • The account has been migrated to another server.
To work around this issue, follow these steps:
  1. In Outlook, back up your mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start Outlook.
    2. In the folder list, click the folder for the account. The folder name for the account resembles the following folder name:
    3. On the File menu, click Import and Export.
    4. Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
    5. Click Personal Folder File (.pst), and then click Next.
    6. In the Select the folder to export from box, click the folder for the account if it is not already selected.
    7. Click to select the Include subfolders check box, and then click Next.
    8. Click Browse to select the location to back up the account folder, and then click OK.
    9. Click Finish.
  2. Remove the Outlook Connector folder for the account. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Tools menu, click Account Settings.
    2. Click the E-mail tab.
    3. Click the folder name such as, and then click Remove.
    4. Click Yes to confirm the removal, and then exit Outlook.
  3. Add the account. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Start Outlook.
    2. On the Outlook Connector menu, click Add a New Account.
    3. Type the appropriate information for the account, and then click OK.
More information
For more information about Outlook Connector, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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Article ID: 937349 - Last Review: 09/17/2013 02:26:00 - Revision: 6.0

Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

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