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Creating a logon script to configure Outlook 2003

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I work in education and I have about 20 computers that are set up for students to use.  Right now they are fairly limited and locked down and use an auto-logon account.  The configuration we will be going to requires students to log on with their own credentials (via a 2003 Active Directory).  

I want to be able to provide them with a pre-configured Outlook 2003 profile when they log in.  There are ~400 students who may log into any number of these 20 machines. I want them to have Outlook on all of them from the first time they log in.  To throw in another wrinkle we may be putting Deep Freeze on these computers, which will erase any changes made to the machines each time they are rebooted, including user profiles.  This would allow us to give the students a little more access to the machines without worrying about them getting trashed.  We use this in many labs across campus.  Don't worry, we still take care of patch management and all that.

I use a lot of group policy in m work, so I'm familiar with those concepts.  What I'm really interested in is a scripting method to accomplish this without needing 3rd party software.  Surely it must be possible. ;
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The problem with PRF files is that they require Outlook to launch when run.  I use a PRF file for initial configuration on many staff and faculty computers, but these computers need something that runs a bit more silently.  I believe I've taken care of the problem with a custom maintenance wizard that runs in quiet mode.  Not quite as fast as I was hoping, but it seems to do the trick.
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