Roaming profiles and Outlook Express

By makpintoo ·
We have implimented roaming profiles on our Windows 2003 server domain. It is working great accept for the fact that I just discovered that the "Local Settings" folder is not copied to the roaming profile. THis is where the outlook express store folder is.

What is the best practice for creating roaming OE folders? We have some users that need to access there e-mail from different workstations.

We do not host our own e-mail. The clients are running XP Pro.

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change OE data store location

by dj4904 In reply to Roaming profiles and Outl ...

Users can change their data store manually by going to:

Tools:Options:Maintenance menu and clicking "Store Folder..."

To do this with a group policy, you would have to modify the

"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\<identity serial>\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0"

key, which may be a pain. I would look into the latest GPO available by loading the latest 2003 admin tools onto an XP box, loading the GP snap in admin update, then seeing if the OE data store is on the builtin templates list then change it there. otherwise, you'll have to get cozy with some VBScript to enumerate the identities so you could access the key and change the location from:

"%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<identiy serial>\Microsoft\Outlook Express\"

to something like this:

"%UserProfile%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\"

At the same time you'd want to script the data migration of the folders from the old to new location, and poping up a dialog for them to logout then log back in after the update (in order to get an instant backup of their OE data store in case the OE on their system crashes and burns at the first login attempt with the new settings.)

Another option is to move their data out of their roaming profile and to their home directory, which would reduce large login/logout delays, at the expense of overall slower access when running and higher network traffic. Probably not an option for users on wireless, you'd have to test.


migrate them to Thunderbird :-P

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Need a "Real" E-Mail Client

by TheChas In reply to Roaming profiles and Outl ...

Your root issue, is that Outlook Express is NOT designed to use network drives for mail file storage.

Outlook Express is NOT a limited or reduced version of Outlook, it is a totally separate limited function application.

If the cost of Outlook is more than your organization can handle, try out some of the free-ware offerings.

Mozilla Thunderbird does have limited support for roaming profiles.

Since it uses relative paths, it should work for you so long as the users network drive is ALWAYS the same letter.

One advantage to Thunderbird is that you can install an OE skin so that it still looks like OE for your users.

Another option would be Pegasus.


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registry hack

by cc3366 In reply to Roaming profiles and Outl ...

go to HEKY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ExcludeProfileDirs and make the value Temporary Internet Files;Temp. Remove the app data value and it should roam with the rest of the profile.

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by Donzilla In reply to registry hack

Simplest solution: Switch your users to IMAP.

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