[windows2000] Re: Mandatory to Roaming profile

  • From: Patrick <london31uk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 22:54:10 -0800 (PST)

Thanks Jim,

The thing though is that the prf file does rung through a login script and 
works ok. Now the problem is how to tmake it run once. My understanding is that 
it should not run if a profile for the user already exists. I suspect it might 
have something to do with roaming profiles. I have other group of users who do 
not have roaming profile and it seems to work ok.

From: Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx>
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 6:24:09 PM
Subject: [windows2000] Re: Mandatory to Roaming profile

Found this one

        * If you put the specified PRF file on a network share, the settings 
might not be applied if the file is not found or is not available when Outlook 
        * Launch the PRF file directly on users' computers by having users 
double-click the file. 
        * Configure the registry to trigger Outlook to import the PRF file when 
Outlook starts up. You can use the Add/Remove Registry Entries page in Custom 
Installation Wizard or the Custom Maintenance Wizard to deploy these registry 
key options to your users. You can also use the wizards to distribute the PRF 
file to users by using the Add/Remove Files page. 
        1. Delete the following registry key values: 
        2. In the 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\11.0\Outlook\Setup subkey, set the 
value of ImportPRF to a string value that specifies the name and path of the 
PRF file. For example, set ImportPRF to \\server1\share\outlook.prf. You could 
create a logon script that sets that reg value in 2 which I believe some people 
Jim Kenzig 
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 1:16 PM, Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx> 

If you redirect the Local Settings folder the Profile will get confused. Take 
that one out 
Are you using the Outlook GPO Template.  I think there is some setting in there 
for this also. 
There are many scripts and docs on redirecting PRF files out there.  You may be 
able to glean something from here
Jim Kenzig 
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 11:04 AM, Patrick <london31uk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the information. I have run into another problem. This is the issue.

1: We want to enable roaming profile for staff.

2: We want to setup outlook for all staff  with a prf  file.

Problem, Roaming profile has been created and My Document, start menu and 
desktop re-directed, however once a user logs in, the prf frile creates an 
outlook profile. If that user logs off and back in, another profile is created 
for him. Now I am having users with multiple outlook profiles. Not sure if this 
is being caused by the application folder being re-directed.


From: Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx>
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 1:13:05 PM
Subject: [windows2000] Re: Mandatory to Roaming profile

Oh I forgot about one Wisesoft also has a bulk modify tool also
Tool at:

Jim Kenzig 
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 8:08 AM, Jim Kenzig http://thin.ms <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx> 

You could probably just get away with renaming their ntuser.man files in their 
profile to ntuser.dat and that should do it assuming they already have profile 
folders set up. If you have to bulk change the profiles the tool to use is 
Admodify.net  here is a link to a pretty good article on that one along with a 
link to download it 

Download admodify from

Use the %userprofile% %username% etc designations
Jim Kenzig 
Blog: http://www.techblink.com 

On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 4:13 AM, Patrick <london31uk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Guys,

I am sure this is easy, but just seeking suggestions. We have about 220 staff 
who currently use a mandatory profile, but for some reason it has been agreed 
that we should move to roaming profiles. Just wondering the best way to go 
about this.

We currently redirect My documents folder, and startup and desktop menus are 
part of the mandatory profiles, bout would need to be redirected. Just need 
tips on the easiest way to move 220 staff to roaming profile.




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