[THIN] Re: Silent Outlook 2003 Profile Creation

  • From: Christopher Wilson <christofire@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:31:46 -0500

The way I understood Jereon at Briforum, was that the manditory
profile you captured from a fresh windows install could be used for
any Windows 2000/2003 server.  So don't trash this server, just build
a new one in parallel and grab your first profile from that.

Is that what Jeff was saying?

CW

On 4/18/05, Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I guess I could always image what I have and save it off somewhere and
> then make a fresh install, create a blank profile and then put my
> image back. A little bit of a hassle but worth it in the long run if I
> don't have to chase down a bunch of problems later.
> 
> Greg
> 
> On 4/19/05, Jeff Pitsch <jepitsch@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Always follow the master (especially if he's the one that's created
> > it).  How about throwing up a temporary VM or something.  For things
> > like that, I'll typically throw up a virtual server vm for that type
> > of thing.  Or if you have a spare workstation or older server hanging
> > around, those would do just as well also.
> >
> > Jeff
> >
> > On 4/18/05, Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > yeah, I beat my head around the CIW for a while and then had someone
> > > else here take a crack at it to make sure I wasn't completely crazy (a
> > > little, but not completely).  We both ended up in the same place with
> > > about a two second msi popup.
> > >
> > > I have been looking at the FlexProfile Kit 4.0 and you're right, I
> > > think it might be the better route to go in general.
> > >
> > > Now I am just debating whether or not to kill the server and start
> > > over since it recommends making the mandatory profile on a box with no
> > > apps installed.  Ideally, I would like to follow Jereon's directions
> > > comlpletely but I have this server just about ready for prime time and
> > > killing it will hurt.
> > >
> > > Greg
> > >
> > > On 4/19/05, Jeff Pitsch <jepitsch@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > Are you sure you've done the CIW correctly?  I don't think I've ever
> > > > seen an MSI installer box when using that method?  You should see the
> > > > configuring outlook/creating welcome message box with that BUT that is
> > > > typical outlook.
> > > >
> > > > If I were you, I'd look at flex profile kit.  that may solve your
> > > > problem better than any of the three other methods.
> > > >
> > > > Jeff
> > > >
> > > > On 4/18/05, Greg Reese <gareese@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > > > I used modprof and newprof for a long time to configure Outlook with
> > > > > my users' mandatory profiles.  It worked great and there were rarely
> > > > > issues.
> > > > >
> > > > > Now in Outlook 2003, they changed it and this no longer works.  From
> > > > > what I can tell, there are a few options to create the profile for
> > > > > Outlook in Office 2003.
> > > > >
> > > > > 1) Custom Installation Wizard 2) the /import prf switch when starting
> > > > > Outlook, and 3) a registry tweak on
> > > > > HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\setup to import the prf
> > > > > and point it to the file.
> > > > >
> > > > > The problem with all of these is that the user has to wait while they
> > > > > watch something happen.  with the "importprf" methods, the users see
> > > > > the "Configuring Outlook" and "Creating Welcome Message" box and with
> > > > > the CIW method the get a msi installer box.  (on a side note, I love
> > > > > how silent mode on the msi stuff isn't silent, just vague. Typical/)
> > > > >
> > > > > When I was using modprof, I would just drop it in the users startup
> > > > > folder and by the time the launched outlook, it had run nice and quiet
> > > > > in the background and the users were none the wiser.
> > > > >
> > > > > Now, it runs when outlook runs and pesters the users with crap they
> > > > > don't need to know about.
> > > > >
> > > > > Does anyone have any ideas on how to shape this so it creates the
> > > > > profile, silently, for the users on Mandatory profiles each time they
> > > > > login.  I think they can handle seeing it once but it they see it each
> > > > > time they log in, I will get flooded with calls which interrupts my
> > > > > slacking off and listening to music all day.
> > > > >
> > > > > Greg
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