Thunderbird "deploy preconfigured profile" ?

Does Mozilla Thunderbird support any way of deploying a pre-configured profile that the user can download, that contains the various mail settings, smtp settings, etc. needed for their account?

One of the barriers that our users face when we try to get them to use Thunderbird is the configuration - they need to configure IMAP, SMTP, CalDav, CardDav, it has to have the right ports, the right authentication type, the username/password, etc.

Then, they need to configure CalDav, CardDav, etc. for calendar and contact sync.  Then, we want them to subscribe to our RSS feed, and install and configure a variety of plugins...

The guide that we would have to give to the users to do all of this is starting to get awfully long.

It would be nice if there was a way we could just hand them a program, or a profile package of some kind, that I can pre-configure beforehand, and when they install it on the PC it will configure Thunderbird the way we want it to be configured.

Does Thunderbird support something like that?
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rindiCommented:
There's a utility around, mozbackup. With it you can backup thunderbird and firefox accounts, and also restore them. You can select what it should backup or not:

http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/

of course you could also just copy the profile into the profile's directory manually too.
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
It sort of does.

If you look at a standard installation of Thunderbird (in windows), you will find it adds a "Thunderbird" folder to the user's profile (just like most other packages)

In there, you will find a file "profiles.ini" which contains the location of all the profiles configured in thunderbird, and some profile related settings.

In the folder indicated, you will find a prefs.js file which contains all the settings apart from login usernames/passwords, including those for extensions (such as enigmail) - in theory, if you programmically altered this you could build a prepackaged profile that deploys in place of the default after installing Thunderbird.

A more detailed list of the rest of the files to be found in this dir can be found here:

http://kb.mozillazine.org/Files_and_folders_in_the_profile_-_Thunderbird
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dhsindyRetired considering supplemental income.Commented:
I thought mine was preconfigured except for specifics like ISP etc.  When it comes to specifics they have to be configured there a just to many variables.
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