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I need to setup a custom Outlook 2007 rule and push it to a system(s) without user interaction. I do NOT have access to the Exchange server. How would I do this? Reg key?

Thanks, -Mathew

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If this can be done, will it also work for earlier versions? – John Gardeniers Jul 15 '09 at 10:40
How many users and can you access their mailboxes (i.e. Login as them?) – Ken Pespisa Jul 15 '09 at 12:45
I cannot log in as them. – MathewC Jul 15 '09 at 13:30
what do you mean by "filter"? Do you mean an Outlook rule? – paulr Jul 15 '09 at 13:51
Yeah sorry. Outlook rule. – MathewC Jul 15 '09 at 17:55
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Outlook rules used to be housed on the client running Outlook in earlier versions of Outlook in a file known as a .rwz file. As of Outlook 2007 these are no longer used as they are now stored on the server instead. However the only way I know of would require the user to do an import of the .rwz file, which then copies the settings up to the server. So to answer without interaction there is no way of doing this that I know of.

The .RWZ file would indeed exist if it was migrated from another machine or the software was upgraded from another version of Outlook.

As far as getting it to another machine that could be done a myriad of ways, but would still require user intervention to import the .rwz

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I want to give you as much credit as possible since you pointed out the .rwz file which does exist and work in 2007. I just need to know how to get it on a remote machine. – MathewC Jul 16 '09 at 18:13
Not entirely correct. At least prior to 2007 (which I can't answer for) rules could be either on the client or on the server, depending on the actions specified in the rule. – John Gardeniers Jul 17 '09 at 12:38
The question was for Outlook 2007, which stores on the server. – geeklin Jul 17 '09 at 15:13
Sorry, I didn't read it properly. – John Gardeniers Jul 20 '09 at 3:31
It can be imported on the local machine. – MathewC Jul 23 '09 at 10:16

Outlook web access (webmail) will allow you to login as that user and set up a rule on the Exchange server. :)

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This is absolutely correct! I have done this in the past and it worked like a champ. This is also a useful method for setting up mail forwarding without user interaction or getting on the server. – user13846 Jul 22 '09 at 13:05
He can't log in as them – Mark Henderson Jul 23 '09 at 0:48
What I'm curious about is what is he trying to accomplish? Maybe if he shed some light on the what instead of the how we could offer an alternative to rules altogether? If it's just some executive who can't be bothered to set aside 3 minutes to get help setting up his rules, who cares? :P – Garrett Jul 23 '09 at 16:04

use the OCT (office customisation tool) to deploy Outlook 2007.

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