'Aha!' moment

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Occasionally, I receive requests for help with modifying an AppleScript I wrote for Macintosh administrators to assist their Entourage users to connect with Exchange. See “How to use AppleScript to connect Entourage to Exchange Server 2000 sp2, 2003 or 2007”.

Today I received one such request for an administrator, Mike, who had a need to also set his users’ encoding preferences for attachments to Windows (MIME/base64) because his Exchange Server 2007 server is stripping the contents of outgoing message attachments. Mike said he’d “spent 4 hours googling and reviewing every script at macscripters”.

My first line in response to him was, “I’ll make it easy on you. It’s not possible to script any of Entourage’s preferences. :-(“

But then I had an Aha! moment.

The good news for me is that I can not only help Mike solve his problem but I’ll also solve one of my own long-standing issues with the script, which is that it requires user a user to run it prior to using Entourage for the first time. That takes user training. Ideally, the script would run at first launch of Entourage.

Furthermore, I can now add a slew of pre-configured benefits that weren’t possible such as preference settings, rules, schedules and more.

In a few days I hope to post instructions for setting up a pre-configured Entourage identity that is set to work offline. This identity and my script will be pre-populated into the User Templates folder. At first launch a pre-populated script will run and the rest of the setup works just like the old script. At the end I will disable the schedule that launched the script and set Entourage to work online.

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. Probably, someone else already has.


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