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Outlook 2000/2003 and Romaing Profiles

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Hello. I've looked around a bit and haven't found any good answer. I have 2000 Advanced servers running a mixed Windows 2000/XP client enviroment using Outlook 2000/2003 respectively. Our Exchange is version 2000. I want to accomplish two things really:

1. Automate the configuration of the Outlook clients to the Exchange server. Right now I have to manually do it for every new user.

2. Retain the Outlook configuration for each user across the network, eg. from machine to machine. Roaming profiles is enabled and working fine, but the Outlook settings don't seem to carry over.
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/MS_Office/Outlook/Q_21129490.html

the link is to help u figure out the answer to ur first question.

http://www.microsoft.com/office/ork/2003/two/ch5/DepD05.htm
this link may help u with ur second problem.I am sure u know that .pst files are not
part of roaming profiles and cant be accessed unless they are stored on a shared drive on a network.
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I've seen Profile Maker before and actually I find something nice called Outlook Profiler. Is there any way to have these run only once for each user on login? I hate for it to run every time the user logs in.

I also read a bit about certain Outlook files not included in a roaming profile. In a MS Exchange enviroment with Outlook clients, .pst files aren't used though, right? All I see are .ost files. How would I redirect these to our file server anyway?
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well the only solution is to leave the .prf file on a network share and then map a drive
in ur login script to each user and then instruct users to click on the file.By doing so u can
controll access to the file only to the new users and once they complete the outlook
instalation u can prevent them accessing the file again.leaving prf file on the desktop or in a login script will be cause many help desk calls.

pst and pab files are located on the local drive of each user and are not roamed unless u make them to.U have two choices
either put these files in the network share of the roaming users profile which will be OK
unless ur users have a large pst files (transferring one gig file to a new location
on a bussy network is not recommended)
OR create a separate share on a network drive and ask ur users to relocate all the
outlook files to these location.
in either case u have to make the changes from each outlook setting (outlook will complain first time that location of pst files have changed but it is OK).

PS:in 2000 and 2003 AD u can use group policy to controll the location of pst file.U have to download office adm file in to ur AD.













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