Configuring Automated Outlook Profile



mxd334
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
Hello all.
I am a fairly new Systems Administrator just out of college and I
have a question! I am in office of about 40 employees full of Windows
2000 and Windows XP Workstations. We use Microsoft Office 2003 which
has been installed locally on every machine. I want to be able to make
it so that when differernt users log on to different machines, their
Microsoft Outlook profile gets setup automatically. I believe this
could be done using a batch file script of some sort? If anyone could
provide some guidance to me on this issue, how best to go about solving
it, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Matt


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Mark Dormer
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
If the users were all members of a domain with roaming profiles, then it
would just work as you require.
If your not using a domain model then you have a couple of things to think
about.

The users email is being kept where? On their machine or centrally.
If centrally then you might be able to get a batch file to setup the profile
and be able to access the users data file.

If they keep it on their machines then you have the issues. Creating the
profile will still be the same, but the users data may not be accessable

Try posting a little more info about the setup you have. Is mail kept in
..pst files on the local machines? Do you have file servers? Do you have a
Domain? Are you running Exchange?

Regards
Mark Dormer


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> Hello all.
> I am a fairly new Systems Administrator just out of college and I
> have a question! I am in office of about 40 employees full of Windows
> 2000 and Windows XP Workstations. We use Microsoft Office 2003 which
> has been installed locally on every machine. I want to be able to make
> it so that when differernt users log on to different machines, their
> Microsoft Outlook profile gets setup automatically. I believe this
> could be done using a batch file script of some sort? If anyone could
> provide some guidance to me on this issue, how best to go about solving
> it, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
>
> Matt
>
>
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mxd334
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
Mark:
We are running off of a domain on Windows Server 2003, with
Exchange 6.5.7226.0. The mail is kept centrally on the mail server,
not done locally. Roaming profiles are not used. I would like to keep
away from roaming profiles so that I can avoid users taking up
uneccessary disk space on our servers. Some sort of batch file that
could profile the users when they launch outlook 2003 from a different
/ new computer would be IDEAL! Thanks!

Matt


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Mark Dormer
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
I'll think about it tomorrow, Its 1:40 am here.

Regards
Mark Dormer

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> Mark:
> We are running off of a domain on Windows Server 2003, with
> Exchange 6.5.7226.0. The mail is kept centrally on the mail server,
> not done locally. Roaming profiles are not used. I would like to keep
> away from roaming profiles so that I can avoid users taking up
> uneccessary disk space on our servers. Some sort of batch file that
> could profile the users when they launch outlook 2003 from a different
> / new computer would be IDEAL! Thanks!
>
> Matt
>
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mxd334
07-09-2005, 11:35 PM
Thanks Mark, hope to get an answer soon!


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mxd334
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Any ideas yet? :)


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Mark Dormer
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
Yeah, check out this site.
You will find tools to create profiles, some cost and some a free.
Of particular interest is MapiGen (free)
Syntax is Mapigen.exe DISPLAYNAME MAILBOXNAME SERVERNAME
http://www.slipstick.com/exs/olroam.htm#anywhere
Microsoft have tools you can download as well, there are links on that page
too.

Also, you can customise roaming profiles so that only specific folders roam.
You could just let the mail profile roam and none of the rest. This is done
via Group Policy

Regards
Mark Dormer

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> Any ideas yet? :)
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Kelly
07-09-2005, 11:37 PM
What he said. Welcome, Mark! Drop around more often. :o)

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> Yeah, check out this site.
> You will find tools to create profiles, some cost and some a free.
> Of particular interest is MapiGen (free)
> Syntax is Mapigen.exe DISPLAYNAME MAILBOXNAME SERVERNAME
> http://www.slipstick.com/exs/olroam.htm#anywhere
> Microsoft have tools you can download as well, there are links on that
> page too.
>
> Also, you can customise roaming profiles so that only specific folders
> roam.
> You could just let the mail profile roam and none of the rest. This is
> done via Group Policy
>
> Regards
> Mark Dormer
>
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mxd334
07-09-2005, 11:42 PM
I took your advice and enabled roaming profiles with nothing roaming
EXCEPT mail profiles. The problem I have run into is giving the proper
permissions to the user creating their roaming directory profile in a
shared server "home" directory. Right now, the user cannot create
their own directory. And if I create the directory manually and give
them fulll rights to that directory, they still cannot add/remove
roaming profile files when they logon/logoff....Any idea why?


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Mark Dormer
07-09-2005, 11:45 PM
You enabled them.
Did you also set them up in the user account?

See this for an example
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-1031655.html
Look at Figure B
You need to put the value \\server\sharedprofilesfolder\%username% in there
for each user.
Windows will then create the directories and permission them.

Windows Server 2003 will let you select multiple users and apply that
setting.
Windows 2000 Server doesn't multiselect so you have to do it for each user
or script it.

I have a script to do this somewhere... looking...later.


Regards
Mark Dormer


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> I took your advice and enabled roaming profiles with nothing roaming
> EXCEPT mail profiles. The problem I have run into is giving the proper
> permissions to the user creating their roaming directory profile in a
> shared server "home" directory. Right now, the user cannot create
> their own directory. And if I create the directory manually and give
> them fulll rights to that directory, they still cannot add/remove
> roaming profile files when they logon/logoff....Any idea why?
>
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