[clug] The joy of demos

Dale Shaw dale.shaw at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 10:29:42 GMT 2008

Hi Brad,

('scuse the lazy top post)

I've done a bit with Exchange (5.5, 2000 and 2003 -- not 2007) and
would be happy to try to answer any questions you have. I wasn't at
the meet and this post of yours is the first I've seen of this

I've deployed RPC over HTTP with Exchange 2003. It will be a bit of a
memory test, but I'm willing to give it a go.

Regarding Outlook/MAPI profiles, there are a number of methods of
populating fields like server name. The most commonly used one I've
seen is the Office Customisation Wizard, which generates a Microsoft
Installer transform (.mst) file you apply when installing Office (or
just Outlook). There are other Microsoft and 3rd party tools for
manipulating the profiles both pre- and post- MAPI client launch.

The user name field is usually pre-populated with the value
%USERNAME%, a Windows environment variable which expands on the first
launch of Outlook, and the server name field often references a DNS
CNAME that resolves to a 'real' Exchange server. Outlook automatically
resolves the mailbox server hosting the user's mailbox and populates
the server name field with the appropriate server. The home mailbox
server is stored as an attribute of the user object in AD.

I know Outlook 2007 has some new magical features to automate the MAPI
profile creation and setup, but I'm not sure how it works (never


On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 8:52 PM, Brad Hards <bradh at frogmouth.net> wrote:
>  There was a question about RPC over HTTP. I'm interested in discussing this a bit
>  more (either on-list or off-list) to make sure I understand how sysadmins employ it.
>  If you know this stuff, please get in contact with me.
>  I'll then try to make sure that Tridge's implementation suggestion makes it into
>  code and tests.
>  I'm also interested in how users typically get their account information in a
>  major deployment (i.e. how do you give a user a new exchange account -
>  surely they don't normally get to type in IP addresses?)

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