Outlook 2000 is the preferred messaging and collaboration client in Exchange 2000 Server environments, providing
features for messaging, collaboration, and information management. The Setup program of Outlook 2000 takes full advantage of Windows Installer technology, which relies primarily on .msi package files. You can customize the installation process via command-line options, SETUP.INI, and transform files. To create transform files, use the Custom Installation Wizard, which gives you far-reaching control over the individual features to be installed. It is a good idea to prepare an administrative installation point in the network, customize the installation files using the Custom Installation Wizard, and then run Setup unattended on the client PCs; or use Windows 2000
policies for software distribution.
Outlook 2000 is a MAPI-based program that relies on the Exchange transport service to communicate with an Exchange 2000 server over RPCs. You configure this transport in the context of a messaging profile independent of the client. Outlook cannot function without a messaging profile in a workgroup and collaboration environment. The most important configuration parameters are the mailbox and home server
Most of the Outlook 2000 configuration options, such as for e-mail preferences, spell checker settings, and client extensions, can be reached on the Tools menu via the Options command. The Options dialog box also allows you to assign other users delegate permissions to your mailbox. However, if you want to grant the Full Mailbox Access and Send As permissions, you need to use the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.
The following review questions can help you determine if you have sufficiently familiarized yourself with the material covered in this chapter. You can find the answers to these questions at the end of this book in Appendix A, "Questions and Answers."
What are the system requirements for Outlook 2000 on a computer running Windows 2000 Professional?
Which three options do you have to customize the Outlook 2000 installation process?
You plan to roll out Outlook 2000 to
users working on Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, and Windows 2000 Professional. What do you need to accomplish to install the new client platform unattended via a login script?
You have created an administrative installation point and customized the installation using SETUP.INI and the Custom Installation Wizard. You are now planning to deploy Outlook through a specific command line, which contains further options. Which settings take precedence over which other settings?
Where can you optimize the RPC connection order for Windows 2000-based Outlook 2000
A delegate is sending messages on your
, but you don't want the delegate's
to appear on the From line of the message header. What kind of permission must be granted to the assistant to achieve this?
About This Chapter
Microsoft Outlook 2000 can work
with a wide variety of messaging systems because this application relies on the Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) subsystem. MAPI defines several types of information services, such as address book providers, message stores, and transport services, which are configured by means of messaging profiles. A typical messaging profile, for instance, includes the Exchange transport service and the Outlook address book. However, additional information services, such as a personal folder store, can be added. In any case, when connecting to Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, you must include the Exchange transport service.
The tremendous flexibility of the MAPI subsystem is one of its most
features. Its main limitation is that the configuration resides on the client systems. Fortunately, you can facilitate this task for your users by preconfiguring an administrative Outlook installation point in the network, as discussed in Chapter 8, "Microsoft Outlook 2000 Deployment."
This chapter first introduces the client family of MAPI-based applications. Lessons 2 and 3 then concentrate on the creation and configuration of messaging profiles and the most important MAPI information services. Lesson 4 discusses advanced configuration topics, such as configurations for roaming users and for remote users working disconnected from the network.
Before You Begin
To complete this chapter:
Prepare your test environment according to the descriptions given in the "Getting Started" section of "About This Book."
Be familiar with the basic configuration of messaging profiles and the Exchange transport service as
explained in Chapter 8, "Microsoft Outlook 2000 Deployment."