Discover Netware credentials on Outlook launch

Posted on 2010-09-21
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10

The clients on my network are running Outlook 2007 and Novel Netware, users log in using their Netware credentials and a local admin profile is created.

My question is: is it possible for Outlook to detect which user is logged into the workstation and create / launch a profile accordingly?

Any help is much appreciated.
Question by:flynn_handley
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As far as I know, its not possible. If it is possible, some sort of 3rd party app may be required.

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I know it is possible on the first launch of Outlook using auto discovery, however once the outlook profile is created, the functionality is disabled.
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deroode earned 2000 total points
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I'm not entirely sure what you mean.

When you say a local admin profile is created, is there also a local user created? Are the Netware username and local username the same or different?

The local username can be retrieved with the environment variable %username%
The Netware username can be put into an environment variable through the login script:


Of course, there are other attributes that can be retrieved from eDirectory:


or use ndssnoop to see all eDirectory attributes which are available, e.g. "Internet Email Address"

DOS SET EMAIL="%internet email address"

For Outlook, you can use the Custom Installation Wizard from the Resource Kit Tools to create a custom profile (*.PRF). In that profile use generic variables for Email address, Full name and mail server login name.

using SED (the Stream Editor) you can then do a search and replace in the profile:

copy \\server\share\template.prf c:\temp\%nwuser%.prf

sed 's/$$email$$/%email%/g' c:\temp\%nwuser%.prf
sed 's/$$user$$/%nwuser%/g' c:\temp\%nwuser%.prf

c:\path\to\outlook.exe /importprf c:\temp\%nwuser%.prf

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