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    MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    We have recently moved to an Exchange 2003 server and currently users use IE 6 to access their mail, but we would prefer that they use a proper email client in school. Is there any way Outlook/Outlook Express clients could be auto-configured for each user? Their network username and email name are identical as are their passwords since the information comes from AD. Surely there must be a logon script or some other utility which would set up Outlook for them? We currently run MS Server 2003 with Ranger. We had this auto configuring happening years ago when we ran RM Connect 2.x so it can't be rocket science!

    The idea of talking year 6 - 9 pupils through setting it all up manually would be a nightmare!

    Any help gratefully received.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Check out the Office ADM templates and the office installer tools.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    I made a outlook 2003 MSI using the office admin kit which had the server name already in it.

    When they start Outlook 2003 it automatically sets their profile and sends them to their outlook inbox.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Any chance of doing something similar with Outlook Express? We won't be getting Office 2003/7 until the new academic year when we move into a new building. We are currently running Office 97 (does Outlook come with all versions of Office? We have Standard as opposed to Professional). It might be that we can get up and running with OE in the short term.

    Thanks for the replies folks - they are all very gratefully received.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Outlook Express cannot connect to an Exchange Server.

    Tom

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Outlook Express certainly can connect to an Exchange Server. Exchange has SMTP and POP services, and Outlook Express will quite happily work with them.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    There is a utility called the Custom Installation Wizard that comes with office resource kit that allows you to configure an outlook profile . prf file and save it. Then all you need to do is deploy this file to the clients.

    In the profile you can use vars like %USERNAME% etc so you only need to configure 1 profile, and then when the user runs the .prf file it will substitute the correct values.

    One final thing: Are you really going to give year 6,7 + pupils access to the full outlook client? There is quite a large amount of personal information that can be stored in the global address list.

    There also does not appear to be much scope for locking down the outlook interface.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Quote Originally Posted by tscnmuk
    Outlook Express cannot connect to an Exchange Server.

    Tom
    Yes it can.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Outlook Express certainly can connect to an Exchange Server. Exchange has SMTP and POP services, and Outlook Express will quite happily work with them.
    Yep, Ive had this working, but i must admit we use Outlook all through our domain.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73
    I made a outlook 2003 MSI using the office admin kit which had the server name already in it.

    When they start Outlook 2003 it automatically sets their profile and sends them to their outlook inbox.
    What I think SGCF is asking.. is that Ranger uses local profiles and does not configure Outlook when its first started...

    So how can you get ALL the users to have an outlook profile

    How can we get 160 Local Profile Users to have a Outlook profile... because if you make an Outlook MSI with the server name how will it know the user name.. would it not default to the user account it was made in ?

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Sorry

    Had sat down for the night for a few beers and completely forgotten about SMTP and POP connectivity. Have never really used Outlook Express myself so just slipped my mind completely

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Quote Originally Posted by Grommit
    Quote Originally Posted by Simcfc73
    I made a outlook 2003 MSI using the office admin kit which had the server name already in it.

    When they start Outlook 2003 it automatically sets their profile and sends them to their outlook inbox.
    What I think SGCF is asking.. is that Ranger uses local profiles and does not configure Outlook when its first started...

    So how can you get ALL the users to have an outlook profile

    How can we get 160 Local Profile Users to have a Outlook profile... because if you make an Outlook MSI with the server name how will it know the user name.. would it not default to the user account it was made in ?
    We use it with mandatory profiles for the kids and it default to the logged on users logon name.

    If they have a Exchange account setup it automatically logs them into their account, its very quick.

    Everythings automatic in outlook2003, outlook 2000 always stopped at the server name box.

    Its not as fact as if they had a normal profiles but the lag isn't much.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Or you could use a program called RichProfile creator:

    http://desktopengineer.com/story_20011129081953709

    Run it in the logon script. Works great! Will do just what you want.

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooley
    Or you could use a program called RichProfile creator:

    http://desktopengineer.com/story_20011129081953709

    Run it in the logon script. Works great! Will do just what you want.
    Note that it's for Outlook 2000 and Outlook 2002 (Officed XP). For Outlook 2003 you would have to use CIW or CMW from the Office Resource KIT.

    Or use the /profile switch with the Outlook executable

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    Re: MS Exchange - auto configuring Outlook?

    The original post actually mentioned Outlook Express. To create configure Outlook Express accounts autmatically you will need to do some scripted registry editing.

    Create a POP/SMTP account manually then look under the key
    Code:
     HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager
    You can then use VBS,KiX or REG /ADD (from BAT/CMD) to create similar reg entries for student profiles.

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