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I am currently trying to change the default location of a .pst file in outlook 2003 through group policy.  It changes all the other archive settings that I wanted it to but it will not change the default location of a .pst file.

Is there anyway that this can be done via a GPO?

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Outlook profiles are stored in the registry at this location (you may know this...)
  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<ProfileNameHere>

Now, i DO NOT advocate making changes to Outlook/MAPI profiles via the registry.  Profiles are complicate/convoluted structures, and typically a setting needs to be changed in multiple places.

That said, you could explore the registry to learn about where the pst paths are, and can test updating some of the values, however, you will see some values as simple text, and other as binary.  Any value name that ends in 001F is a string stored as binary because it is in UNICODE format.

The best way to work with profiles is with some level of code.  There is a product called Redemption, that has a subcomponent called ProfMan.dll that allows developers and script writers to work with profiles.  Aside from that, you would need to work in Extended MAPI.

Last thing to know is that profiles are stored in HKEY_CURRENT_USER, which means that the registy settings are only available when that user is logged in.  If your GPO is a workstation policy, you won't be able to manage any of the profiles because that hive is not loaded.

Good Luck!
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