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Capturing and Deploying Outlook

Created: 28 Feb 2011 • 1 comment
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Those of you looking at deploying Outlook 2010 on your systems will need to be aware that outlook captured on XP will not run on Win7 or visa-versa.

The reason is that Outlook 2010 has a fundamentally different install for XP and Win7, so if you need to support both OSs you'll have to capture Outlook 2010 twice--once for XP and once for Win7.  Note: You can still capture 32-bit outlook on either Win7 versions and it will run when you move it to a different architecture.

Another note is PST and OST corruption with Outlook 2007, though it's recommended to do the following for Office 2010.  You'll need to add the following Exclude entries to the layer [APPDATA] w/subdir and [LOCALAPPDATA] w/subdir.  Keen eyed users will realized that this will prevent reset from really working as intended, because all the user data will be excluded from the layer, so those of you that want to avoid that reset issue can exclude the following file types from your layer: .OST, .PST, .TMP

However, the directory method is the official supported solution.

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Also one thing to mention, a good idea if you're migrating from layers and want to preserve your setup (assuming your PST, OST, and all other files are correctly excluded), you can back up and restore the hive from the registry...

exclude:
[APPDATA]\Microsoft\Outlook
[LOCALAPPDATA]\Microsoft\Outlook
[USERPROFILE]\Local Settings\application data\microsoft\outlook
.ost
.pab
.pst
.otm
.xml
.srs
.nk2
.obi
.tmp
 

Another tip, to prevent that annoying prompt the first time you run Outlook to ask if it's ok to keep checking if it's the default mail client, best to use this (edit directly in the layer reg properties)

[HKEY_USERS\USER_TEMPLATE\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Options\General]
"Check Default Client"=dword:00000000

Then once your layer is done here's how to bring back the user profile... (assuming you didn't blow it away yet).  With your current outlook/office layer activated on the user's machine

regedit /e "C:\Windows\backups\OutlookProfile.reg" "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles"

Then delete the old Outlook / Office layer...

Import your office 2010/outlook layer

Then inject the exported reg key back into the layer:

svscmd "layer name" exec -P "regedit /s C:\Windows\backups\OutlookProfile.reg"
svscmd "layer name" NEWRESET
svscmd "layer name" A

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