Single PRF file for users on multiple Exchanges

Posted on 2010-01-13
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hey Guys-

There seems to be quite a few articles hitting around this subject but not one directly referencing it.  I am wondering if it is possible to create a PRF that can map out the correct Outlook profile for users across the domain who may be using different exchange servers.  So where we have %username% for the user, is there also some version of that for the server?  %exchangeservername% ??

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I'm not sure I follow your question - what do you mean by "multiple exchanges"? Exchange org is tied to domain and user has a mailbox specific to the mail server / store where it was created, it doesn't roam between exchange servers.

So, if my id is JSmith and my mailbox is on EXCHSRV1, when I go to remote site, Outlook should be configured to point to my exchange home server, as specified by AD attribute "homeMDB" and "msExchHomeServerName" - that's how profile knows based on your user ID what your exchange server is.

CAn you please clarify your question and what are you trying to accomplish?

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For ease of use, lets say half of my users are on EXCHANGE1 and the other half are on EXCHANGE2, is there a way for a single PRF to know which exchange to send a user to?
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CynepMeH earned 2000 total points
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I see... well, being honest .PRF method is quite cludgy and error-prone. If it works - great but when it breaks... it really screws the pooch and any puppies nearby. Here's one pretty good example, if you insist.


this also has some hints:

alternatively, you can use something simpler:

http://windowsitpro.com/microsoftexchangeoutlook/article/articleid/93351/tired-of-creating-mapi-profiles-try-richprofile.html but I dont' believe it's 2003 outlook compatible.

Alternatively, you can get something like Outlook Profiler for nominal fee:

http://goff.nu/products/windows/profiler/index.html ($2/user)


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