Resolve Winmail.dat Complaints
When you send an e-mail to some external recipients, do they report the inability to open messages or missing attachments replaced with Winmail.dat?
The reason is because that recipient is using an e-mail client that doesn’t support Transport Neutral Encapsulation Format (TNEF). Microsoft Outlook is one of the few e-mail clients that support TNEF-encoded messages, although some third-party utilities can help convert Winmail.dat attachments.
Even though it’s not your problem, you can’t really tell that customer or vendor that their e-mail system is faulty. The good news is that you can configure Exchange or Office 365 to prevent sending TNEF messages and Winmail.dat files:
- Connect to Office 365 with Powershell.
- Run the following command:
Set-RemoteDomain Default -TNEFEnabled $false
These steps will prevent TNEF messages from being sent to all external e-mail domains and recipients.