Managing Office 2007 with Group Policy

by Chris Sanders [Published on 10 June 2008 / Last Updated on 10 June 2008]

Office 2007 provides some great new ways to be managed via group policy. Here is what you have to do to utilize those.

Microsoft has provided a great deal of additional capabilities when managing Office 2007 with group policy. However, you will not be able to manage these by default without first installing the proper ADM/ADMX templates.

You can download these templates from Microsoft, here (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=92D8519A-E143-4AEE-8F7A-E4BBAEBA13E7&displaylang=en).  

Once downloaded, install the ADM files by opening the group policy editor, right clicking the administrative templates node, selecting Add/Remove Templates, and browsing to the downloaded templates for your language. Alternatively, you can install the ADMX files (when utilizing Windows Server 2008) to your central store within the SYSVOL folder.

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Chris Sanders is a network consultant for KeeFORCE, one of the most popular network consulting firms in western Kentucky. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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