We are in the process of rolling Office 2010 via SCCM 2007 to about 500 machines in our department. Everything is going swimmingly except... suggested contacts. I am looking for a way to remotely disable Suggested Contacts.
None of our test subjects for this deployment use the contacts feature on their IOS devices(iPhones and iPads), something that has turned out to be a major oversight on our part. If you are unfamiliar with Suggested Contacts - every time you send an email to someone who is not currently a contact Outlook saves that email address in an Address book called 'Suggested Contacts'. If you have an iOS device these contacts automatically sync to the device causing hundreds if not thousand extra(and duplicate) contacts.
I've found how to manually disable this per user here. but manually disabling this is not really an option for the several hundred users we have that use iOS devices. I've looked for a GPO setting, a command line switch or a setting that can be set during the install(set through the MS Office Customization Tool) with no luck. There is, in theory, a registry key(as seen here for example) that should disable the setting but Outlook overwrites this setting each time you restart Outlook. You can make this setting read only for standard users but that seems to cause angry messages from Outlook.
I see other people looking for a way to handle this but I don't see any solutions. Any suggestions?