Controlling Outlook Setting not in general GPO Templates

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We have the Administrative Templates installed for both Outlook 03 & 07 and can manage options using GPO's, however is there a way we can control Incoming / Outgoing mail servers and advance settings using a GPO? We do not have the required version of 2007/2003 to use Outlook Customize Tool (OCT). The script we located to convert .reg to ADML template for GPO could work if we knew what part of the registry to export for the conversion. Is there a tool out there that can help with setting up default e-mail account settings i.e. Pop3/IMAP, SMTP etc....

We have hundreds of users and need the ability to conform these settings if possible.

Thanks much,



Hi WH!

There's no GPO that would allow you set Account properties, but you can use a PRF to create or update\modify existing Outlook profiles.

Here is an article that gives an example of setting a POP3 Account's server settings in a PRF:

You can modify the sample PRF to do what you want, but I'd use the OCT to generate a PRF with the accounts set up like you need them. I don't understand your statement of not having the required version. You just need to go to the installation point and path to Setup.exe and add the /admin switch. Here's my path for Outlook 2007 (I have a flat of Office 2007 on my secondary drive): "E:\Office 2007 Enterprise\setup.exe" /admin

This is probably the article that will help you most:

You should be able to find everything you'll need off that page. :)

I hope that helps!

Jahawk MSFT


Thank you kindly for your reply,

Our problem turned out to be a corrupted MSI loader file in Vista that kept us from installing/using OCT.

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