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Hi there,

Is there anyway i can set a group policy that configures the Outlook clients to MAPI profile.
I basically want to eradicate roaming profiles, and the reason for keeping them at the moment is the fact it retains mail settings.

If i can apply a group policy that sets the accounts type to exchange server, the servername to servename and the username to the %username% variable - that would allow anyone to logon to a machine and have a basic MAPI profile configured.

I got as far as this site - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011402851033.aspx - downloaded the ADM files and imported, but knowwhere can i find these settings.

Thanks in advance

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by:Helpdesq
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You can specify Exchange server settings using MAINTWIZ.exe and then deploy that via GPO.
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by:utilize
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Can you point to any whitepapers or articles on this method? i am not familiar with this?

Regards
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by:sushibilly
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Have you addedf the outlook admin template? This has quite a few Exchange/Outlook settings that can be applied via GPO's
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by:Merete
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Hi these may help you. I know your probably looiking for a quick answer,so  I hope these will provide that, but you will have to sift thru it.
I've tried to provide what comes close to your subject.
PDF
http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/multisec/asa_sw/v_7_1/conf_gd/webvpn.pdf

Microsoft Outlook it includes quite an indepth cover including white papers.
http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/topicETA/0,295498,sid43_tax300555_idx0_off100,00.html

Setting Up Outlook 2003 Cached Exchange Mode Accounts
http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/assistance/HA011402591033.aspx
cheers Merete
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by:utilize
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Sushibilly - I have indeed, and unfortunatley there dont seem to be any settings there for what i have discussed above, hence the need for the post.

Merete - thanks - i will sift through and take a look. Thanks again.
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by:Merete
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If you wish to eradicate roaming profiles what were you considering in replacement? Power Users group?
Your question has two fold and not simple to offer some good ideas.
You are probably aware of the limitations.
Please take your time, lets me  know if these help at all, if not what area is missing, use them as a quick browse as I am sure your experience outways mine to  like 3 to 10. :D

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011402851033.aspx   <<<yours from above

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011402731033.aspx << mine lol I just wondered if it was the same.

Working with Roaming User Profiles
http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/windows/2005/02/01/rmng_usr.html

Setting up Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection for a new user.
http://www.sfu.ca/ad/roaming_profiles.html

Create a MAPI profile for POP3.
http://www2.tarosoft.com:8080/how_do_MAPI_pop3.htm

Roaming Profiles and Multiple Users
This is a very complex subject, for which we can only offer some beginning pointers at this time. Hopefully, we'll be able to put together more step-by-step information in the near future. Most of the information here also applies to Exchange and Windows Messaging.
http://www.slipstick.com/exs/olroam.htm
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by:utilize
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Sorry guys.

I want to eradicate roaming profiles due to limitations of our network. Simply pulling larger profiles accross the network is resource intensive.
I wanted to know whether i could knock back the roaming profile type of setup (regardless of the reasons) and apply an Outlook Group Policy that configures Outlook to a basic level - IE their user accounts and mail server/exchange server.

Are you guys saying this is not possible and i need to look at some workarounds? Or am i missing something in the links you are posting?

Didn't want a quick answer so much, just an accurate one on whether i am going down a cul-de-sac as to whether this type of setup is acheivable via Group Policy.

Thanks for all your help.....

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by:sushibilly
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Bit of a change of direction, but depending on how Outlook is used, you could dump it alltogether and have your users access their accounts via Outlook Web Access, that way their settings are maintained regardles of where they log on, and you do not need to use roaming profiles.
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by:utilize
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Unfortunately the functions in OWA do not match that of full blown Outlook, they would also get increasingly frustrated with the whole web browser experience, when used to the speed of Outlook.

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by:Merete
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Hi all, ok so i am thinking in a new way, see i am not sure if your prepared to format and start a fresh install of your exchange server then donot use roaming profiles.
Here is another angle.
Connecting POP And IMAP Clients To MS Exchange Server
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The traditional method of connecting an email user to their MS Exchange Server mailbox is to use MS Outlook. However, as more and more mobile users wish to access their mailboxes remotely, Exchange Administrators are often required to configure the connections of a wider variety of email clients, on a mixture of platforms.

Compared to most email clients, MS Outlook's basic connectivity options are fairly easy to configure; you simply supply the computer name of the Exchange server and the name of the mailbox that you wish to access. But it is important to remember that Outlook is a proprietary client, and when you come to configure different email software, the configuration options are quite different.

Procedure Fortunately, even though you will have to supply different configuration responses to the ones you are accustomed to, you will find that they are the same from one program to another, although, naturally, you will find them in different places.

The basic configuration options are:

The account type (POP3 or IMAP4) The address of the server handling incoming messages The address of the server handling outgoing messages The User Name for the email account The password for the email account The Internet email address of the email account.

http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Connecting_POP_And_IMAP_Clients_To_MS_Exchange_Server.html
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by:utilize
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So im guessing it is not possible to configure via GP then? Thats ok, i can streamline my roaming profiles if that is the case..... i just wanted to know if it was possible to do, via GP.
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by:Merete
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well it maybe possible if you are prepared to spend the time on this, I personally think it belongs in the too hard bin.
Cheers Merete
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