We do the majority of desktop deployment using imaging. Imaging allows us to bypass most of the redundant manual desktop software configuration. Exchange Online accounts - this is because the.PRF file requires an Exchange server name to be hard coded. This is normally acceptable for on-premises environments, but for Exchange Online accounts, the server name contains a variable GUID that can change from time to time and from user to user. Another option exists for Outlook - the Outlook Profile file or PRF. If you're unfamiliar with a PRF, the easiest way to create one is using the CIW. After that, you can edit the PRF as your account information changes. In the case that your PRF file doesn't open, it is highly likely that you do not have the correct software application installed on your PC to view or edit PRF file extensions. If your PC opens the PRF file, but it's the wrong application, you'll need to change your Windows registry file association settings. PRF file extension PRF file could be opened by special software. There are 8 file's types and each of them could be opened by different software. Download recommended software to open desired file format.
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Although Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010's autodiscover feature makes short work of creating profiles, using a PRF to create profiles is still useful, especially if you use a lot of personal folders (*.pst) or have a large number of POP3 and IMAP accounts and are testing Windows betas. Most users will be happy just to use a PRF to create and recreate email accounts. You'll need to add the Outlook Address Book service, or remember to remember to add it from Outlook later, otherwise Outlook uses the default services and file locations. If you want your PSTs in different locations, create a PRF. This is from an automatically generated PRF file from the Microsoft Office Customization and Installation Wizard (CIW).
You can view the contents of this file with Notepad If you accidentally run it and create a profile in Outlook, go to Control Panel, Mail and click the Show Profiles button. Delete My Outlook Profile from the list.
This page explains the sections that you can edit and sections you shouldn't edit are not included. Most of the editable fields are self-explanatory, but I'll explain them anyway. Sections 2 and 4 deal with the Personal Stores and Address book services. Section 1 - Profile Defaults [General] Custom=1 Value Description ProfileName=My Outlook Profile This is the name of your profile. DefaultProfile=Yes Is the profile going to be set as default? Yes or No are valid OverwriteProfile=Yes Do you want to replace the profile or append the changes to it? Valid entries are Yes, No, and Append.
Use Append to update a profile. ModifyDefaultProfileIfPresent=FALSE Modifies the default profile if one exists, even if the profile name is different from the one in the PRF. BackupProfile=No Undocumented property to avoid creating backup copies of a profile.
DefaultStore=Service3 Which PST should be the default message store? Use the Service name that corresponds to the PST Section 2 - Services in Profile This section is pretty straight forward. You'll have one service entry per personal store or address book in your profile. Outlook 2003's Unicode PST is 'Unicode Personal Folders' while the Outlook97/2002 (ANSI) format is just 'Personal Folders' [Service List];ServiceX=Microsoft Outlook Client Service1=Personal Folders Service2=Unicode Personal Folders Service3=Unicode Personal Folders Service4=Outlook Address Book Section 3 - List of Internet Accounts Each account in your profile is listed in this section, followed by the account type. If you add more accounts in Section 5, be sure to add the accounts here, incrementing the Account#. If you have 6 email accounts, you'll 6 accounts listed, numbered 1 through 6.
The account types (POP3, IMAP, HTTP) can be in any order, the examples on this page came from the sample PRF where they were in POP3 and IMAP. Note that HTTP protocol is not longer supported and this PRF does not contain information for Outlook Hotmail Connector. [Internet Account List] Value Description Account1=I_Mail I_Mail indicates Account1 is a POP3 (Internet) mail Account2=IMAP_I_Mail IMAP_I_Mail indicates Account2 is a IMAP account Section 4 - Default Values for each Service Value Description [Service1] Service name, corresponds with the services listed in Section 2.
UniqueService=No Are you limited to one of this service type in a profile? Answer No for PSTs. Name=My Personal Folders Service name. For PST, this is the display name in the profile.
PathToPersonalFolders=%USERPROFILE% documents outlook files outlook.pst Where is the pst stored and what is the filename? By default, it's in the user profile. EncryptionType=0x80000000 Encrpytion type: 0x80000000 = No encryption 0x40000000 = Compressible encryption, the default (ANSI) or 0x50000000 (Unicode) 0x20000000 = High encryption Outlook Address Book service does not need any parameters, it just needs added to the profile: [Service4]. Section 5 - Values for each Internet Account Each account needs to be listed here, using the proper format for the account type. The CIW leaves some fields blank, as shown here, unless you selected More options as you added the profiles. To add new accounts, copy the proper account type and paste it following the last account, changing the account information as needed.