How to best modfy 800 Thunderbird Prefs.js files?
November 30, 2011 10:32 AM Subscribe
We are doing a campus wide migration to gmail, and that means I have a few hundred thunderbird users who need their settings changed to point to a new imap server (and change their username to firstname.lastname@example.org). What is the best way to get this done?
posted by mrzarquon to computers & internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
They are non technical users, and since I know I am going to be busy with the 5% who manage to still have problems even if the migration goes fine, I'd like to try to automate the settings changes, unfortunately something like Mission Control
was not put in place so we can't centrally change settings for users. So right now it looks like it will have to be something that walks a users Doc&Settings folder and changes their thunderbird prefs.js files. I do have access to get GPO and SCCM advertisements that could run the scripts on targeted machines, but getting the script to do the changes is the sticking point (I'm coming from a unix/bash scripting background).
Are there other tools out there that may already do this, or have folks found other ways around this problem?