Customize Outlook Profiles by using a PRF file

The Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 profile file (PRF file) allows you to quickly create MAPI profiles for users. By using a PRF file, you can set up new profiles for users or modify existing profiles without affecting other aspects of your installation. You can also manually edit a PRF file to customize Office Outlook 2007 to include Office Outlook 2007 settings or MAPI services that are not included in the Office Customization Tool (OCT) user interface [url]http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/71b4efb2-539a-49eb-935e-3222aed9f6a21033.mspx?mfr=true[/url] Creating PRF files by using the Office Customization Tool A straightforward way to create a PRF file with Office Outlook 2007 profile settings is to customize the settings by using the Office Customization Tool, and then export the settings to a PRF file. To create a PRF file by using the Office Customization Tool 1. In the Office Customization Tool, on the Outlook: Customize Default User Profile page, select how you want to customize profiles for your users. To specify settings to be included in a PRF file, choose Modify Profile or New Profile, and click Next. 2. On the next three pages, customize profile information such as configuring Microsoft Exchange server connections and adding accounts. 3. On the Outlook: Remove Accounts and Export Settings page, click Export Profile Settings, and when prompted, enter (or browse to) a file name and location. Manually editing PRF files If your organization requires special modifications to Outlook profiles—for example, if you want to add a new service that is not included in the Office Customization Tool—you can edit the PRF file. Use a text editor such as Notepad to edit your older PRF file, or a new PRF file created with the Office Customization Tool. Make your changes or additions, and save the file. The main functional areas in the Outlook PRF file include: • A section specifying actions to take, such as creating new profiles, modifying existing profiles, and overwriting existing profiles. • Sections with organization-specific customizations, including server names and configurations to deploy. • Sections that map information specified in earlier parts of the file to registry key settings. The PRF file includes detailed comments for each section that describe existing settings and options for modifying the file with your updates. The file includes seven sections: • Section 1: Profile defaults • Section 2: List of MAPI services to be added to the profile • Section 3: List of Internet accounts to be created • Section 4: Default values for each service • Section 5: Settings values for each Internet account • Section 6: Mapping for profile properties • Section 7: Mapping for Internet account properties