Outlook 2003 customize default profile
Posted on 2011-02-15
I have 2 problems, after installing Office 2003 on my 2008 terminal servers
1. Specify exchange settings for auto profile generation
2. “Show this folder as an e-mail address book” greyed out.
I have a new 2008 R2 x64 terminal server farm. I am using roaming profiles and folder redirection . I have installed Office 2003 using the custom installation wizard, in the outlook default profile section I have selected new profile and specified %username% and our exchange server name and selected “Do not configure Cached Exchange Mode” With this setup when a user logs in and opens outlook for the first time they are prompted to create a mailbox by entering server name and username. So than I tried creating a PRF file and than within the outlook default profile section of the custom installation wizard I selected “Apply PRF” This did not work either.
So far the only way I have got it to work is using this product which I am demoing called vWorkspace and I am publishing a desktop and on that desktop is outlook with “/importprf \\servername\Profiles\outlook.prf “ in the Arguments section. This is working. Now for the problems. Once the user logs in for the first time they open outlook and their mailbox is created without input from the user, they want to e-mail using contacts but the . “Show this folder as an e-mail address book” grayed out. I followed the procedure to activate this option, which I have done many times in my 2003 terminal server production environment, but it will not activate, Also the user has added a signature given it a name and assigned it to New and replies. This works until they close their mailbox and when they go back in the signature is set to “None”
If I remove the “/importprf \\servername\Profiles\outlook.prf “ from the outlook executable, delete the user roaming profile have the user log back in open Outlook and go through the process of creating the mailbox by selecting the type of mailbox ”Exchange” than the servername and username the problem goes away.
I have over 600 users that will be connecting to my new 2008 terminal server farm and I need to automate the mailbox setup.