Configure Outlook Anywhere settings for all users via Group Policy

Let’s say you have a lot of users that need to use Outlook and connect to the company mail while they are outside your company’s network. With Outlook 2007, you can use Outlook Anywhere, but how do you configure this for all users? You can use the Office Customization Tool, but this will leave the users the possibility to modify the settings and it will also require a new Office setup or a modification of the existing Office setup. So would you prefer Group Policy?


OK, you look in the default ADM file for Outlook 2007 and you can’t find any option to configure the Outlook Anywhere settings? That’s probably because they are missing from the default ADM template.


But wait, don’t start thinking about customizing ADMs just yet, as there is one already customized that you can download.

Just take a look at the following article, it comes with a link to the page from where you can download the ADM as well. - You cannot use Group Policy settings to configure Outlook Anywhere (RPC/HTTP) settings

Here are the policies you can configure using this new administrative template:


Also take a look at the “Explain” tab for the RPC/HTTP Connection Flags policy, it will give you more info on what connection options you can configure. Basically you can configure “flags” which correspond to options on the “Microsoft Exchange Proxy Settings” window.




For example, choosing the option “Flags 1+2” will enable the “Connect to Microsoft Exchange using HTTP” checkbox on the Connection tab and will also check the box for “Connect using SSL only” (see screenshot above).  


For more information about Outlook Anywhere, please refer to the following articles: - Configure Outlook Anywhere in Outlook 2007 - Overview of Outlook Anywhere - Deploying Outlook Anywhere - Recommendations for Outlook Anywhere



Comments (4)

  1. Sujit1 says:

    If we want to uncheck the option "Outlook Anywhere" via GPO then How do we do? We dont have a flag

  2. ak34 says:

    Is there a way to define the same settings for Outlook 2010 clients?

  3. Peter says:

    oh, it looks like we must just replace office12.0 with office14.0 inside the adm file

  4. StrongmanTech says:

    sujit, if you follow the process above, then disable the 'rpc/http connect flags', that disables Outlook anywhere.

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