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Hi all,

I'm looking to have outlook clients setup automaticaly on my client machines. I believe I need to use a PRF profile for this this (please do correct me if i'm wrong!).

I have attempted to create a prf profile but so far have failed. Could somone please give me a walk-through guide of somesort.

So far i've tried certain wizards but they either are the wrong thing or the profile wizard creates a OPS file but it didnt ask for any settings etc?

I need to configure the following:

-Default email account to be an exchange server alias being the username of currently logged on user.
-Autoarchive location and add that as a datafile in the left hand pane.
-some others but the above are the two most important.

Many thanks for any help

Billy
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Prf profiles are dependant on the version of Office installed.  What version of Outlook are you running?
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Hi, We are running office 2003

Thanks
Billy
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I would recommend using the Office 2003 resource kit.  You can use the custom maintainance wizard to configure the profile for each user.  It can be run by batch file or from logon script or deployment software.  It is very easy to use.
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by:billy_howard
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Thanks for the quick reply.

I was hoping to somehow set somthing up so that as a default. outlook would indeed be setup with there exchange mailbox etc. without having to manually creating a prf profile for each user. is this possible? One of the many things this was going to help us with, is the automation of profile setups.

The alias is always the users username in exchange.

Many Thanks
Billy
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by:daraghmccormack
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Yes this can be done using the Custom maintainence wizard.  This is the recommended way from Outlook 2003 on.  If you down load the office 2003 resource kit, run the maintainence wizard, point it to the Outlook 2003 install files and you will see the options to configure the profiule.  Use %Username% as the alias and set the exchange server name as required.  Once applied to a machine, every user that logs onto that machine will have the profile setup this way automatically.  I would recommend downloading this to see how it works, once you see it, you will see its easier than the prf wizard.
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Okay thanks.

I will try this tonight and let you know how I get on. Another question is.. will this override users current profiles as some users have extra mailboxes added to there outlook? And if it does can these mailboxes be added is users are in a certain group?


Regards
Billy
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I think it gives you the option to overwrite or just add a profile.  So you can just add the profile.  it will not allow you add multiple profiles dependant on groups but it should not override any existing profiles.  Users accessing multiple profiles can be quite difficult, why not try getting them to use OWA?  The interface is very similar to most web email clients and people usually find it easier than closing out of profiles.  just get them to save link to each one in their favorites.  Once they ahve access they can open it from IE.
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It's not so much mulitple profiles.. it's just some generic mailboxes that are often added in as a secondary or extra/additional mailbox in the same profile. For example sales dept all get access to a sales mailbox.

So is it possible to setup different default profiles dependant on security groups? If not then it's not much of an issue as we can manuall add these where needed.

The main point is to automate new user setups as much as possible, so as a bases I would like it so that outlook was already configured with there personal exchange account.

Many Thanks

Billy
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