Outlook 2010 - Remove Suggested Contacts from Outlook Address Book with GPO

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We have users complaining that Suggested Contacts from Outlook 2010 are in their Address Book. I have already disabled Suggested Contacts, but I want to be able to remove that database all together from the Address Book.

In Outlook 2010 account settings -> Address Books Tab -> Outlook Address Book -> Change

I need to be able (with a GPO or startup script) remove Suggested Contacts from this list. It's not feasible to touch every machine, remember to set it for all new machines, or expect my users to do this themselves.
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Commented:
This might work:

http://msmvps.com/blogs/wssra/archive/2010/06/25/suggested-folder-bug-in-outlook-2010-update.aspx

Use MFCMapi.exe and mark the PR_HIDDEN attribute true on the Suggested Contacts folder

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ckratsch: Thanks for the suggestion, but this does not meet the requirements of being able to do it automatically (such as through GPO or login script) and would only be effective for current users. I'd still have to go into all new user accounts and perform the same steps.

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Yes, you're right, sorry about that.

Let me see if I can work through some things.

Here's the Office 2010 SP1 ADM files and Customization tool:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18968

There are no computer settings in the outlk14.adm template, and I'm not seeing the setting we'd want to change in the user configuration options for Outlook 2010 in this template, either.
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Thanks for the link. I downloaded the excel document with all the possible settings and noticed that the "Address Book" section of "Account settings" is apparently unconfigurable (there are no options available for it).
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I'd also read a couple other places about modifying a registry setting, which you could push out to everyone, but that Outlook apparently reverts that setting at some point.

Nothing is looking promising to me.

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Looks like it is a problem without a good solution. Thanks for the help.

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