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In Outlook 2010, when a user hovers over a person's name, a "contact card" pops up with various info such as picture, position, presence, etc. Example:

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As you can see, the contact name is also hyperlinked. This should be pointing to our SharePoint MySite, but when clicking on the name, it points to an incorrect link (our development environment, actually).

I can easily fix this on my local machine by updating the registry key in

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Common\Server Links\Published

in here there is a registry subfolder called "Profile Site" (others may instead have a folder called "MySite") and a key called "Url", where I can set it to the correct MySite (e.g. "http://servername/person.aspx?user=")

Referenced from: http://blogs.technet.com/b/paulpaa/archive/2010/01/19/if-you-want-to-modify-the-mysite-url-to-point-to-a-new-url-or-mysite-url-is-showing-wrong-in-office-application-eg-outlook.aspx

and

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/dcc37911-524a-4810-a67a-d51289e2af59/outlook-contact-card-name-link-goes-to-wrong-sharepoint-mysite-url?forum=sharepointadminprevious

This will allow any name to link to their correct MySite, but only on my machine.

The problem is, we have many users that this modification needs to be pushed out to. How do we apply this change to all users on the network? More importantly, instead of applying a registry band-aid to each user, how is this link set up initially for all users so that I may reproduce that configuration? Is there somewhere in SP Central Admin/Outlook that it can be set, or is it setup during installation (either of SharePoint or Outlook/Exchange)?

EDIT: Group Policy update is duly noted, but our only real way out of this at this point is to find out how this is originally set via installation or configuration of SharePoint or Outlook. This should be OOTB functionality (pending admin configuration of course) since it obviously seems like a feature supported by Microsoft.

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You can use Group Policy to push this registry setting to all users in your environment.

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Thank for the suggestion. Unfortunately, that is not a valid workaround in the eyes of the network management here. What I actually need to know is how this is set up during an install of SharePoint/Outlook, and as such how to reproduce this setup via configuration options instead of what could be seen as "registry hacks" (but not by me!) –  Alex Oct 23 '13 at 19:32

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