Change outlook 2007 default data file location

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I am looking for a policy for a terminal server to change the default location of the .pst outlook 2007 data file to another location such as the my document redirected location. Does anyone know if there is a group policy i can use to accomplish this?
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I know this does not answer you question but you should take a look at this:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askperf/archive/2007/01/21/network-stored-pst-files-don-t-do-it.aspx

I am assuming you are trying to redirect to a file share.
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Outlook PST files are automatically defaulted to be saved in My Documents.
If you have already redirected the user My Documents or Home folder.

Now just as if a user created a new document in My Documents, it would be saved in the redirected location the PSt "should" be the same.

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Neither of these answer my question, does anyone else know how to accomplish what i am trying to do?
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Sorry Think I misunderstood the question

You can modify the default location for the PST or OST files in Outlook in the Registry

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\X.0\Outlook]


Create a new REG_EXPAND_SZ (Expandable String) value called 'ForcePSTPath' and set it to equal the full path of the required personal folder directory (e.g. "C:\Mailbox").

Note: This is a expandable string value so you can use environment variables, such as %userprofile%, to specify the path. When the value does not exist the default value of "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook" is used.

Outlook Will Require a restart.

Now as you will want this to be modified for all users you will need to create a logon script to do this

For this you will need to create the reg file to be applied at logon
Open Note pad and add below. Save as pstRedirect.Reg File in a Designated location
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\X.0\Outlook]
"ForcePSTPath"=REG_EXPAND_SZ:C:\Mailbox
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NOTE: X= Version of Office (9.0,10.0,11.0,12.0,14.0)

Open Note Pad and create a Bat File with
________________________________________
@echo off

regedit.exe /s "\\ServerName\Filelocation\pstRedirect.reg"

EXIT
__________________________________________________________

Save this Bat File in your specified location on the server as PSTRedirect.bat

Now add this to your startup logon scripts for the users

once they logon the, the bat file should run, call the .reg file
the reg file should add the registry entry for the user

when user opens outlook their PST should be redirected
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thanks, i can change this throug gpo after installing the admx for office 2007
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No worries

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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for zingab's comment #37863621

for the following reason:

GPO has this.
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No credit for supplying the location in the Registry which you can change the defualt location of Outlook PST files?

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no that is not a viable solution that was proposed, sorry
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So, none of info provided to your was helpful in any way and your not going to use GPO or other to Add a registry Key for:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\X.0\Outlook]
"ForcePSTPath"=REG_EXPAND_SZ   X:\New Location of Pst files

If there is another way you have found, that doesnt include any of the information above could you post the details?

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