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Posted on 2009-07-13
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Script MS Outlook settings

I need a script that can write Microsoft Outlook settings automatically.
for instance instead of going through MSoutllok wizard to set up outlook, the script will take the name of exchange server and put  it in the appropriate field, the same for user name,password etc... and will start outlook.

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Rick Fee earned 1500 total points
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You can use Outlook resource kit if 2003 or use autodiscover if 2007.    Or user PRF:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402581033.aspx
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we have MS outlook 2007, but exchange server is maintained by a third party, so all I need is one a user logs in the settings will get copied to the fields automaticall instead of a user going through the wizard manually.
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But we take care of Active Directoy if you have any GPO
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by:Rick Fee
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What about setting up Autodiscover on your local DNS:

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=940881
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I have also completed this is a custom XML file for Outlook:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc511507.aspx

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by:jskfan
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Actually a script will be less headache.
I will hardcode the data in a script and run it to fill out the MS outlook setting fields.
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by:Rick Fee
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You might want to just do a PRF file and apply it then.

You will still use the 2003 Office Resource Kit to set it up
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by:jskfan
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I don't have a CD of MS OFFice.
I have downloaded 2003 office resource kit
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it asks for Path to MSI ...
it's kind of complicated to create a PRF.
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You will need the MSI for 2003 to setup a PRF...
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Actually the Outlook settings exist for a user in its profile in the computer
but when I copy its profile to a different profile in the same computer and run Outlook the Setting Wizard comes up.
Do you know where outlook saves the settings, can I just import them to the second profile?
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I mean if there is a way to import Outlook settings from one user profile to another in the same computer that will be greate.
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