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Where does the Outlook.N2K file go on a roaming profile?

Posted on 2006-06-27
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Hey guys,

I just converted over a local logon to a network logon.  I was able to convert everything, but I'm unable to find the Application Data folder that is suppose to hold the Outlook.N2K file.  I found the one that holds the Outlook.pst file, but pasting it in there didn't work.

I have the old N2K file and I want to insert all the cached email addresses.  Does anyone here know how to do that.

I used the Files and Settings Transfer wizard and it didn't transport any Outlook information.
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by:rpartington
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the N2K file is a hidden file,
you will have to unhide it in windows explorer via
Tools
Folder options
View

Then select show hidden files and folders
also untick hide protected oprating files.
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I knew it was in a hidden folder.  I actually backed up the original from the first local logon.

Thanks for the link rparting.  Man, I keep calling it N2K when I should be saying NK2.  I'll try searching for the NK2 files when I get back to work.
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I found the NK2 file.  I originally set up the Group Policy to send application data to a network folder redirect and later decided to have it synchronize into network path.  Well, it looks like it's still going into the application data folder.

I was able to find the NK2 file there, but I'm afraid to edit it.  I know I can take ownership of the folder, but I'm uncertain about the special permissions.  If I take ownership, paste the NK2 file there, will it mess things up?  I don't know.  I think I'm going to try and convert my own logon and see what happens to my application data if I edit the networked folder with special permissions.
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Hey guys,

I guess it's a good thing that we had a new employee that stayed with the company for a whole 2 days!!  Well, all that meant to me is that I got to jack around with her profile to see what works and what doesn't.

Well, I went into the Application Folder on the network and took ownership of it.  I then copied the Outlook.NK2 file over the old one.  I then logged off and went to her workstation to logon.  After logon, all of a sudden everything was out of wack.  Active Desktop didn't work and the entire profile looked jacked.

I then logged her off and saw a message stating, "You may be a victim of frauid, this is not a valid copy of Windows" on the lower right hand side.  This is hogwash because I installed the OS myself and I know for a fact it is geniune.  So I went back to my server (actually remoted in) and checked the folder.  I noticed that my account was the only account that had access to her folder, so I took myself off and added her on.  I couldn't give her the special permissions that were probably assigned previously, so I give her full control.  Log off and then back to her workstation.

I log on again, this time that Genuine junk is gone and everything seems fine until I get some errors.  I do a reboot and come on again,  Now everything is fine and I can get into her Outlook.  I attempt to type in an address that I know is in the cache of the NK2 file and it doesn't work.  All that hard work for nothing.

Any ideas?
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Ok guys, I got it to work.  For some reason, Folder permissions are also set on the Outlook files.  I was browsing through the thing and noticed that, so I gave the user full rights to the folder and had the rights propogate down.

Everything is fine so far.  I'm going to mess with teh profile a little more to make sure it didn't mess anything up.
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by:rpartington
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Yes it will go to the new application folder, this is why you could'nt find the "NK2" file on the local machine as you have just stated that you are redirecting their Profiles
ie using Roaming Profiles.
The default is location if not using roaming profiles is:

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

On the local machine, however your users NK2 files will be located on
\\server\Profile share folder\%username%\etc etc etc
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Yeah, that's something I knew.  I was sure that I had set folder redirect to send to the roaming profile instead of a folder.  There are actually are a couple different ways you can redirect the Application Data, so I guess it will depend on how you set it through Group Policy.
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