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Outlook 2003 for domain users - registry settings

Posted on 2006-07-14
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I'm setting up Outlook 2003 for domain users. I used the Office 2003 resource kit to configure all the basic settings and they work just fine.

Now what I want to do is to configure the default profile for my workstations so that users logging on don't see any kind of configuration messages in Outlook (i.e windows installer and the box that pops up prompting for who the program is registered to, having the username of the user who logs on as a default).

I figured that this issue could be tackled by opening the outlook with a generic (any given) user and then copying this users folder in documents and setting to the default user (as it works with other programs that need to be configured when used for the first time).

This, however, doesn't work with Outlook since now when I log on with any given username it tries to open this particular users e-mail account, who's profile I used to create the default user.

Now is there a registry key which defines which e-mail account Outlook is trying to open? I figured that by removing this key I'd have it configured just the way I want it. The program would be configured (like it wasn't the first use for a user who logs on) and still it would open the correct account.

Any other solutions would be highly appreciated as well.

I've got a windows 2003 server domain and Exchange server 2003 running on it. The workstations run XP.
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by:David Lee
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Greetings, helppari.

You have to build a .prf file.  Here's a link to a page with instructions and links to more on the subject: http://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/prf.htm

Cheers!
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Hello BlueDevilFan,

I already came up with this page and created the .prf-file earlier. The problem is that when the .prf is imported, Outlook prompts the user whether it should import the new setting or not.

As it's going to be used in a computer class with hundreds of logons every day, I don't want users to have to deal with any popups asking for what to do.
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The user's information has to be given by either you or the user.  If you're filling it in when you create the .prf file, then the user shouldn't be prompted for it.  If you aren't filling it in, then the system has to prompt the user for it.
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I found out that the profile can be imported to Outlook through the registry as follows:

In [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Setup] I entered this value:

"ImportPRF"="C:\\TEMP\\mycustomprofilefile.prf"

That does the trick. Thanks anyways for contributing.
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No objection.
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