Create PRF file *without* using CIW
Posted on 2004-10-20
I'm doing a revised desktop build, to include Outlook XP, with Exch 2k as a back end. The desktops run Windows 2000 Pro.
Our old logon script used to run the
shell("c:\winnt\newprof.exe -P c:\winnt\outlook.prf")
command to set outlook 2k up for new users, but this line barfs out when hitting Outlook XP. Apparently, Newprof isn't supported any more.
I need to fix this, and I was hoping to do a manual config of Outlook XP, and then create a PRF file from that installation that I could call in a similar manner from the logon script.
I think the command I need to call the new prf is:
outlook.exe /importprf \\server1\share\outlook.prf
All the stuff I've seen on PRF files under XP refers to using the Custom Install Wizard (CIW) to amend a msi file, which I don't have - the Outlook XP install was just done from original media. Using the CIW asks for the msi at step 1, which kind of stops me dead....
Ultimately, I'll be imaging the desktop build using Power Quest, and then distributing it like that. All I'm really after are some settings for username, exch server, and also to specify Contacts and GAL (and their order).
I have found one to download as a sample, but tweaking this manually seemed a bit ridiculous (plus risky...) How can I get a PRF out of OutlookXP without the CIW?? cheers!