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Use Powershell to erase a Outlook 2003 POP3 email account & create a new account.

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I am working on use Powershell to erase an Outlook 2003 POP3 email account & create a new account.  The old PST is being moved to an X-employees location but we are keeping the Windows profile. The laptops are not on the domain. Any help is welcome
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by:BSonPosh
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I can look at this, but how to you plan on running the script? local or remote?
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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The script will be ran local on the computers.
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it is safe to assume Powershell will be installed locally then?
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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Yes Powershell is installed locally & and running version 1.0
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I believe you could use the outlook COM to do this.

Here is example
$outlook = new-object -com outlook.application

More Info Here
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa210897(office.11).aspx
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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I will look into that and see if it will work for what I want to do.  Thank you for the help.
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by:BSonPosh
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were you able to work this out?
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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Thank you for your help. It looks like this will work, but it will take some time; I am not a VB programer.
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by:BSonPosh
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"I am not a VB programer."

Good thing this is Powershell ;)

seriously... I am here all the time. Feel free to post if you have any more questions.
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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I have found a way to do the task without using VB. Go into the registry and remove the key & sub keys for
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook
This will remove the outlook profile for the user. The site I used for a refference is; http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-8927-Outlook-2003-Accounts-File.html
The site does not tell how to do this but it gives the path for the HKEY_Users.  

Thanks for all the help, I would not have know what to search for without it.
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by:Hacking_For_Christ
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here is the exact powersehll command

Remove-Item hkcu:\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook\* -force

Enjoy
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Sorry it removed the syntax
Remove-Item hkcu:\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook\* -force

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