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Posted on 2007-04-01
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Hi there,

if cached mode is activated Outlook creates the file outlook.ost by default in a subdirectory of the user profile path.

i.e. [user profile path]\..\...\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost

Unfortunately this path seems to be stored as string in the outlook profile.

This causes a problem, when the same user logs in at another workstation, where the user profile path is different. The difference of the user profile path is caused by various reasons but is correct.
(i.e. "user"  at on workstation and "user.domain" at another)

When outlook is started on this other workstation, an error is displayed because outlook does not find the .ost files at the original stored path.

Because we need the caching, we cannot deactivate that.

Question:
Is there a method to define the path of the ost-file in a generic way, such as using a variable like %userprofile% ??

I have tried this out, but it seems that the string %userprofile% is resolved to the local user profile path when it is stored in the Outlook profile.

Michael
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by:Sembee
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Roaming profiles and cached mode don't tend to play very well. I don't actually recommend they are used in combination at all, due to the fact that the OST file has to be copied up and down constantly which can cause data corruption and can make the login very slow. Many of the "benefits" of roaming profiles I can achieve with folder redirection, group policy and some registry changes.

Roaming profiles only really work very effectively where the machines are as identical as possible. If you are getting issues with username and username.domain then I would go to those machines and remove the profiles so that they can be put in to the correct location next time.

Simon.
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by:michaellandwehr
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Hi Simon,
can you give me a hint for deploying a network-path for the OST file via group policy?

Unfortunately your proposed method for deleting the unwanted profiles is not practial in our environment.

thanks
Michael
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You can't store OST files on the network. I didn't suggest that at all.

I don't think there is a solution to your problem. Roaming profiles are only effective when the path names are the same on a machines. If you cannot fix that then you will have to live with the consequences.

Simon.
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by:michaellandwehr
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Thanks Simon, it seem to be the definite truth.

Michael
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