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By mzee ·
Is there any way i can make outlook change its profile based on nt login. i have users who move alot between offices and any time they move to a new box, i have to physically go to that box and change their outlook(exchange) proile so they can connect to their mailboxes. please help!

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by mzee In reply to exchange roaming profile

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by ebarfie1 In reply to exchange roaming profile

I would suggest citrix client, for a roaming profile, use it at work with minimal issues, I Don't personally know of a way to keep the profile with the logon, But citrix would be a good alternative for you if it is
warrented in your situation. Hope this helps

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by chris hirst In reply to exchange roaming profile

Yes. it is also the method used if you have 'Hot desking users', If you set all your users who move around to have a roaming NT profile (User manager/Profile then enter a UNC path into the profile path edit box {\\server\path\%username%}) then you need to setup the profile on the home server. If you have different logon servers you will need to replicate the profile paths around the servers Be aware that if you are using Windows 2000 Pro on your desktop machines the Temp folders, Temporary Internet Files and My Documents will all be part of the roaming profile and depending upon the limits set on these folders the profile can grow to several Meg in size this obviously can put a very heavy bandwidth drain on the network as users logon and off (Profiles are synchronized at log-on and log-off). You can of course move the locations of these folders bearing in mind if you set say my documents to be a folder on a local machine it may not be accessible when they are out of that office, a better solution would be to use a globally accessible network share (or UNC path) maybe their personal folder (also setup in user manager).
All this works superbly with win2k pro, Very well with NT4/NT3.5, not quite so well with Win98, sometimes with Win95, and before that forget it!
Hope this helps

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by mzee In reply to exchange roaming profile

this is ok with nt user profile, but my problem is outlook(exchange)profiles

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by Magetower In reply to exchange roaming profile

This is presuming you are using roaming User profiles.

Make sure you have set up the users accounts to point to a home directory.

With the user logged on do the following:
Move their Personal Folder (.PST) files, archive .PST files, and off-line .OST files to a location in their home directory on the server.

Delete any and all Outlook profiles on the workstation.

Have the user log-off then log back in.

Start Outlook. It should ask you to set up a new profile. Accept the default profile name and select to Manually configure the services. Add in the services you need and point them to the appropriate files you moved to the home directory.

Make sure the user's mail and folders work correctly and then log-off the user.

Log back in and make sure Outlook opens with the correct info. Then log-off.

Move to another workstation and remove all the Outlook profiles while logged in as local administrator (NT) or cancelling the login (95/9.

Now try logging in as the user you have been configuring and see if the profile follows.

We have been using roaming profiles with Outlook for some time and problems usually arise when additional Outlook profiles have been setup on the local machine and start conflicting withthe roaming profile. By eliminating all the locally stored Outlook profiles it clears the way for the roaming profile.

If you are using roaming profiles then ALL users really need to be using roaming profiles.

hope this helps

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by Magetower In reply to exchange roaming profile

Almost forgot. DO NOT place the PST/OST files in the user profile folders (userid.pds) on the server as they will be blitzed when the user logs off. Place them in a folder on the home drive but outside the profile. This also lowers the download time for large profile sizes because of growing PST files.

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