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  • Outlook clients connecting to the wrong server

    recently introduced a new 2007 box and removed the old 2003 box

    now the outlook clients are pointing to the old server - I know the old 2003 box should've been left on but it wasn't feasible to leave it in place.

    whats the best practice to fix this ? without going round everyone's machine - which is also troublesome (isn't it always!)

    do i just create a DNS entry to point the old server name to the new exchange box ?

    cheers

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    Re: Outlook clients connecting to the wrong server

    Depending on the version of Outlook you are using, you can create a .cmw file using Office Custom Maint. Wizard (Office 2003) to change the default path to the exchange server. I have done this when migrating users from from one domain to another. Once the .cmw file is created, I just used a gpo to assign a login script to all of the computers that ran the .cmw file.

    Here is the script:

    Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WshShell.run "\\servername\share\MaintWiz.exe /c \\servername\share\outlookprofilechange.CMW /qb-

    Or you can create a PICS file for Office 2007
    Thank you,

    Marc

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    • #3
      Re: Outlook clients connecting to the wrong server

      thanks,
      problem is we have mixed office environment - but ill look into the scripting

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      • #4
        Re: Outlook clients connecting to the wrong server

        using a DNS record will not work,

        No offence, but you need to leave 2003 in co-existence for a short while to allow users profiles to see the move. I had exactly the same problem only as some people were on annual leave, in the end just told users the new address to use.

        Scripting would work though.

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        • #5
          Re: Outlook clients connecting to the wrong server

          Problem was most of the tutorials didn't mention the fact - even tho it makes sense - plus the fact the original server was living on borrowed time - it was held quite literally together with ducktape.....

          fixed it in the end with a custom prf - much to the annoyance of end users - couldn't get Append working for some reason so had to replace all settings

          Oh and i work in a school, if i'd waited for everyone to log on - i'd be waiting quite a while

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