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Auto Configure Outlook to Exchange server with Group Policy

Hi,
I would like to auto configure all our Outlook (2003,2007,2010) to point to our Exchange Server (2007) in Group Policy (2008). Any tips to set this up for all Outlooks? We use Windows XP and Windows 7
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greg-hawkinsCommented:
Hi. Is the exchange server in the same domain as the outlook clients and attached to the same AD servers?
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irweazelwallisCommented:
you can use the office customisation wizard on install to set some defaults
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178960.aspx

Outlook 2007 and 2010 will do autosetup with autodsicover so you don't really need to do any group policy settings for these.

Outlook 2003 is not recommended for exchange 2007 so upgrade these and then you won't have to worry
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
Hi,
Yeah, i only remembered that Outlook 2007 and 10 auto configure.
Issue is that 98% of the 2000 machines we have are Outlook 2003,so will need to create a policy.

I read somewhere that you could create a PRF file (on log on script) for each user.
Can this same principle be used in Group Policy, to set one GPO and create a PRF file?
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irweazelwallisCommented:
here is a good guide for the PRF - haven't used these since outlook 97

you could just set the script in the GPO rather than using a standard logon script
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
I found this pretty good link:
http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/policies.htm

I installed the GPO add on (MS Office Outlook 2003). There looks to be no setting to point the email account to our Exchange Server, only something about Cache Mode. There must be. Any ideas?
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irweazelwallisCommented:
you need to setup the PRF script and then get it to run either in a batch file or vb script
Then you add that script (which runs the PRF) to the GPO either in startup or somewhere else - there are some options

That way you can control who runs it via GPO rather than a standard log on script.

there is no way to do the setup with the ADM templates of Office 2003
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
Scripting? I was hoping to move away from that and just use a GPO setting if at all possible.
Found this link..looks right?

http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/deployprf.htm#script

Cheers
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irweazelwallisCommented:
sadly a limitation of Outlook 2003
the link looks good from memory
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
Darn you Outlook 2003!
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
Am i doing somethign stupid here. I keep on coming out with MST file when i do a custom. I need a PRFF file...why is not saving as a PRF file.Help!
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LCMauriceAuthor Commented:
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