contentACCESS documentation – version 3.3

  1. Introduction to contentACCESS
    1. Services provided by contentACCESS
    2. Software requirements
  2. contentACCESS setup package
    1. Installation of contentACCESS
      1. EULA
      2. Installation type
      3. Components
      4. Prerequisites
      5. Base folder
      6. Service settings
      7. Database connection
      8. contentACCESS Central Administration
      9. contentACCESS Web Services (Proxy)
      10. contentWEB
      11. Central login
      12. Virtual drive
      13. Search service
      14. Overview
      15. Installation
      16. Summary
  3. contentACCESS components
    1. contentACCESS Central Administration
      1. Central administration login
      2. contentACCESS Automated single sign on
      3. Central Administration logout
      4. contentACCESS Central Administration user interface
    2. contentWEB
      1. Logging in to contentWEB
      2. contentWEB Automated single sign on
    3. Virtual drive
    4. contentACCESS Web Services (Proxy)
    5. Central login page
  4. contentACCESS Tools
    1. Installing Outlook forms
    2. Legacy email archive connectors
    3. Legacy archive connector for Metalogix Archive Manager Exchange Edition (MAM EE)
    4. Legacy archive connector for Email Lifecycle Manager (ELM)
    5. Installing TECH-ARROW’s WinShortcutter
    6. contentACCESS Outlook add-in
      1. Installation of contentACCESS Outlook add-in
      2. How to use contentACCESS Outlook add-in
  5. Tenants in contentACCESS
    1. How to create a new tenant
    2. Tenant limitations
    3. How to provide access to a tenant (adding new tenant administrators)
    4. Tenant administrator invitation types
    5. Tenant associations
      1. Tenant - database association
      2. Tenant - user association
    6. Tenant deletion
  6. General system configurations
    1. Connection
    2. User interface
    3. Users in contentACCESS
    4. Invitations
    5. Roles
      1. Creating roles
      2. Role details
      3. Role assignment
      4. Defining specific permissions of a role assignment
      5. Editing roles, editing role assignments
      6. General use cases of how to create/assign roles
      7. Managing access to contentACCESS objects
    6. Login providers
      1. Login providers’ context menu options
      2. External login provider configuration
        1. Configuring Google OAuth
        2. Configuring Azure login provider
        3. Exchange login provider
        4. External AD login provider
      3. Associating an enabled provider with a user login
      4. contentACCESS users in third party systems
    7. System
    8. Licensing
      1. How to activate your license key
    9. Notifications
    10. Monitoring — how to find out possible misconfigurations / reasons of potential system/job failures
    11. Auditing
    12. Distributed environment in contentACCESS — Clusters
    13. Statistics
    14. Legal hold
    15. Task runner
    16. Indexing
    17. How to create/configure databases — All databases
  7. Common features
    1. Databases
    2. Schedules
    3. Retentions
    4. Storages
      1. Google drive storage
      2. Amazon S3
    5. Exchange connections
      1. Exchange performance settings – turning off the Exchange throttling policies
      2. Hybrid Exchange environments in the Email Archive system
    6. Importing contentACCESS configurations from files
      1. Manual import of Exchange servers/groups/mailboxes to the contentACCESS Address book
      2. Importing File Archive root folders to be archived
  8. Creating new jobs in contentACCESS
  9. Jobs’ page, jobs’ context menu
  10. File Archive
    1. Introduction to File system archive
    2. File archive settings
    3. File archive Databases
    4. File archive System settings
    5. File archive Retentions
    6. File archive Storages
    7. Root folders
    8. Aliases
    9. File archive Schedules
    10. Provisioning settings and managing access to contentWEB
    11. Remote agents
    12. Configuring aliases
    13. Configuration of jobs available in contentACCESS File Archive
    14. Configuration of File system archive job
    15. Configuration of a File system restore job
    16. Configuration of File system recovery job
    17. Configuration of Delete job in File archive
    18. Configuration of Remote shortcutting job
    19. Active/inactive documents in File system archive
  11. Email Archive
    1. Important settings before creating an Email Archive job
    2. Database settings
    3. Email archive System settings
    4. Email archive Provisioning settings
    5. Retention settings
    6. Shortcuts in email archiving
    7. Storing of archived emails
      1. LoboDMS storage
    8. Creating email archive schedulers
    9. User experience
    10. Exchange 2013+: Mail app in OWA 2013+ or on MS Outlook 2013+ desktop version
    11. Exchange 2010: OWA 2010 integration
    12. Address book objects
    13. Granting access rights for mailbox users and explicit users to view the mailbox archive
    14. Creating contentWEB users (option 1)
    15. Manage access to a mailbox archive (option 2)
    16. Database and store assignment in email archiving
    17. How to assign database and storage to an Exchange group?
    18. How to assign database and storage to a mailbox?
    19. How to move data from source database/storage into a second (target) database/storage?
    20. Creating Email archive jobs: archive, restore, recovery, delete, mailbox move, shortcut synchronizaion, shortcut repair
    21. Email archive job
      1. Email archive job configuration
    22. Email restore job
      1. Email restore job configuration
    23. Email recovery job
      1. Email recovery job configuration
    24. Configuration of Delete job in Email archive
    25. Mailbox move job
      1. Mailbox move job configration
    26. Shortcut synchronization job
      1. Shortcut synchronization job configuration
    27. Shortcut repair job
      1. Shortcut repair job configuration
    28. Public folder archiving
      1. How to configure a job to archive public folders
      2. Public folders in the contentWEB archive
      3. User permissions to public folders
      4. Public Folder archiving in hybrid Exchange environments
  12. SharePoint archive plugin
    1. SharePoint Archive settings
    2. SharePoint Archive job configuration
    3. SharePoint recovery job configuration
    4. Configuration of Delete job in SharePoint archive
    5. SharePoint archive Provisioning settings
    6. SharePoint Publishing job
    7. SharePoint in the contentWEB archive
  13. Custom plugins
    1. Email management job configuration
    2. Storage replication plugin
    3. Sharing plugin
    4. Datengut plugin
    5. Email synchronizer plugin
    6. Categorize to Public folders plugin
    7. LoboDMS plugin
  14. officeGATE
  15. accessGATE Mobile
  16. Virtual drive configurations
  17. Application settings
  18. Terms of use
  19. FAQ
    1. Download sample for the file to be imported does not work
    2. Archiving is not working, if MAPI is set to communicate with the Exchange server
    3. Virtual drive is still appearing after the uninstall
    4. Outlook forms problem
    5. Unable to open shortcuts of archived file on the server side
    6. Samples are not shown using 'Show sample" option in the Import dialog
    7. Do I need to create separate tenants for file archiving and email archiving
    8. What is the recommended database size for email, file and Sharepoint archiving
    9. The TEMP folder is running out of space when archiving big files
    10. The attachment could not be opened
    11. After updating Exchange 2013, the EWS connection might not work in contentACCESS
    12. If Windows authentication is not working in contentACCESS and an alias was created for contentACCESS
    13. contentACCESS Outlook add-in certificate issue
    14. PowerShell scripts for setting up Email archive
    15. Solution for Outlook security patches
    16. Solution for Outlook security patches through GPO
    17. Solution for indexing PDF files
    18. Mycompanyarchive SuperUser mailbox configuration

4.1.Installing Outlook forms

In Microsoft Outlook, each of the windows where you enter content — for example, a new email message or a new calendar appointment—is called an Outlook form. These default forms are stored in the Standard Forms Library for Outlook. There are additional libraries as well, including Personal Forms and Organizational Forms if you have an Exchange Account. Each folder within the Outlook hierarchy has a default Outlook form associated with it. As you would expect, a mail folder such as your Inbox has the Message form as the default, and the Contacts folder opens the Contact form as its default.

When archiving MS Exchange content, the contentACCESS MS Outlook forms are used to open an HTML shortcut – which replaces the archived email message – transparently with the original email message. If the forms are installed, then the end user will not notice any change between the original email and the archived (shortcutted) one.

There are 3 contentACCESS Outlook forms available. For the correct functionality all these forms must be installed.

  • CA_techarrow.oft – is used to transparently open the standard archive messages
  • CA_R_techarrow.oft – is used to transparently open the replied archive messages
  • CA_F_techarrow.oft – is used to transparently open the forwarded archive messages from the mailbox.

There are also available contentACCESS Outlook forms for legacy archives (both MAM and ELM).

Installations of Outlook forms and Outlook forms for legacy archives are very similar, differences are explained below.

To install Outlook forms, open the Tools section in the contentACCESS installation wizard => click the Outlook forms option.

To install Outlook forms for legacy archives, open the Tools section in the contentACCESS installation wizard => click Legacy archive connector for email archives option.

Then click on Legacy forms for MAM or Legacy forms for ELM (depends on what you are using).

By clicking the selected option the Install Outlook forms, Install Outlook forms (Legacy MAM) or Install Outlook forms (Legacy ELM) window opens:

First the administrator needs to set the contentACCESS retrieve server (contentACCESS Proxy) URL. This option allows to install the forms for HTTP and HTTPS Proxy, too. It is also recommended to test the connection with the server.

The application simplifies the Outlook form publishing by providing an automated way for publishing. The application allows automatic publishing of the forms to the Organization forms library but also publishing the forms into the user’s Personal forms library.

  • Publish to the whole organization (Organizational forms library) – this is the recommended method, because the forms must be published once and will be available for the whole organization.
  • Publish to mailbox only (Personal forms library) – if it’s not allowed to publish to Organizational forms library (Office 365 doesn’t have Organizational forms library), then this option is used.

By publishing to Organizational and/or personal forms library, Outlook starts automatically. If forms were published successfully, the user is warned about this:

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Requirements for automatic publishing are the following:

  • Outlook x64 2013 and higher
  • The user account running the application must have the necessary permissions

If the requirements for automatic publishing are not fulfilled, manual publishing is used:

  • Publish manually: you need to select a folder, where the forms will be exported together with the link pointing to the Outlook forms installation manual.


Once exported, the folder will be opened and you can deploy the forms using the steps described in the manual (click to get the link to the manual).


During the email archive process, the archive job changes the message class of the email messages:

  • Standard messages – get the IPM.Note.CA message class
  • Replied messages – get the IPM.Note.CA.R message class
  • Forwarded messages – get the IMP.Note.CA.F message class

Based on these message classes, the Outlook forms mark the archived emails with the following icons:

  • Standard messages – icon_standard
  • Replied messages – icon-replied
  • Forwarded messages – icon-forwarded


Important!!! Outlook 2013 users will have access to the Organizational forms library but cannot publish to it using Publish custom forms.

There are 2 possible ways how to solve this:

  1. Use an earlier version of MS Outlook to publish the Outlook Forms;
  2. Publish the Forms to your Personal Forms Library and then use the Outlook Options ⇒ Advanced ⇒ Developers group ⇒ Custom Forms… ⇒ Manage Forms functionality to copy the form from Personal Forms to Organizational Forms.
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