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preserve outlooks exchange configuration when switching from one terminal server to another

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Hello experts,

Is there a way to store a user's Outlook configuration when switching terminal servers?
when they switch over they (by they I mean me) have to type in the name of the server and the mail box.

I currently have My Documents, Application Data, and the Desktop folders re-direced to the file server.  I do not currently use roaming profiles, but I would be able to so long as I can apply it only to the terminal services users with a loopback GPO.

Thanks in advance!
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by:itcoza
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Hi starmonkey,

If you are using folder re-direction then you do not need to worry about the Outlook settings.  They will follow the user.
http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/Library/2b24872a-05ca-41be-9887-33acc87a20561033.mspx?mfr=true

Regards,
M
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by:itcoza
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Have a look at the version of outlook you are using.  Maybe upgrade is in order.
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by:starmonkey
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I am using both Outlook XP and Outlook 2000 connecting to an Exchange 2003 server.

The outlook settings aren't actually the problem, they are all stored on the server.  The problem is that the user gets a prompt to select internet email or microsoft exchange, then enter the exchange server and mailbox.

Once they do this everything is fine, but my users aren't all that tech savy.  I'd rather they not even know they switched terminal servers.

I am hoping there is a way I can change a global setting(s) so that the user does not need to enter the exchange server and mailbox
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by:Zabulon777
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The only way I see being able to do this configure a new package rollout for outlook and push it out.
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by:starmonkey
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Would a small, silently imported registry key work?
Or a quick script to append a file.  The problem is that I don't know where the configuration is stored.

All the users have a hidden user drive I keep just for such purposes.

Surely I'm no the 1st person to try to do this?

If I knew where the configuration was stored, I might be able do it
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by:starmonkey
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Well, not allot of excitement for this question, but I came up with a resolution:

Via script export the following reg key:
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\

set scrip so it only exports if the exported file doesn't exist (runs only once)

have the same script check for the existence of the key, and import it if it doesn't exist.
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