How administrators can use Office policy templates together with the Group Policy settings of Windows

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This article discusses how administrators can use Microsoft Office policy templates together with the Group Policy settings of Microsoft Windows.

The Microsoft Office 2007 Resource Kit contains policy templates (.adm files) that administrators can use with Office 2007 programs. In a Windows-based network, Group Policy settings can help administrators control how users work with Office 2007.

This article describes the resources that are available for creating policies that can be used in Microsoft Windows Server 2000-based environments and in Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based environments. This article contains the following sections:
  • Overviews
  • Available Office 2007 policy templates
  • How to download and to install the Office 2007 policy templates
  • How to load an Office 2007 policy template in the Local Computer policy
  • References

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Overviews

By setting policies, you can define and maintain a particular Office 2007 configuration on users' computers. Unlike other customizations, such as default settings that are distributed in a transform (also known as an .mst file), policies are reapplied every time that a user logs on to the network. Alternatively, policies can be reapplied at some other interval that is set by the administrator. Users cannot edit the registry to change the policies.

You can set policies that apply to the local computer (and to every user of that computer), or you can set policies that apply only to individual users.

You set per-computer policies under Computer Configuration in the Group Policy snap-in. Per-computer policies are applied the first time that any user logs on to the network from that computer.

You set per-user policies under User Configuration in the Group Policy snap-in. Per-user policies are applied when the specified user logs on to the network from any computer.

To use an Office 2007 policy template, you must load the template in the Group Policy Microsoft Management Console snap-in.

Available Office 2007 policy templates

With the Policy Administrative Template files in the Microsoft Office 2007 Resource Kit, you can set policies globally for users of Office on a network. By using policies, you can quickly enforce a user configuration on users' computers when users, groups, or computers log on to the network.

The Office Policy Administrative Template files (.adm files) describe all the policy settings that you can set for Office. You use these .adm files together with the Group Policy snap-in to apply policies to users' computers.

Note The Group Policy snap-in is included with Windows operating systems.

The Setup program of the Microsoft Office 2007 Resource Kit installs the following policy templates in the Windows\Inf folder on your computer.
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File nameTemplate description
Access12.admMicrosoft Office Access 2007
Excel12.admMicrosoft Office Excel 2007
Fp12.admMicrosoft Office FrontPage 2007
Gal12.admMicrosoft Clip Organizer
Inf12.admMicrosoft Office InfoPath 2007
Office12.admMicrosoft Office 2007
Onent12.admMicrosoft Office OneNote 2007
Outlk12.admMicrosoft Office Outlook 2007
Ppt12.admMicrosoft Office PowerPoint 2007
Pub12.admMicrosoft Office Publisher 2007
Visio12.admMicrosoft Office Visio 2007
Word12.admMicrosoft Office Word 2007

How to download and to install the Office 2007 policy templates

To download the Office 2007 policy templates, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=73d955c0-da87-4bc2-bbf6-260e700519a8
On the "Policy Administrative Template files" Web page of the Microsoft Office 2007 Resource Kit Web site, you can find installation instructions for the Office 2007 policy templates.

Note The Visio 2007 policy templates (Visio12.adm) are part of the Office 2007 policy templates download.

To install the Office 2007 policy templates, follow these steps:
  1. Scroll down the Policy Administrative Template files Web page, and then click the AdminTemplates_setup.exe link.
  2. In the File Download dialog box, click Open.
  3. Click to accept the License Agreement, and then click Next.
  4. In the Type of Installation pane, click Typical Install, and then click Next.
  5. Click Install.
  6. Click OK when Setup has completed.
Note The Office 2007 policy templates are located in the Path \ Windows \Inf folder. Path is the drive that contains the Windows folder. Windows is the name of the Windows folder.

How to load an Office 2007 policy template in the local computer policy

You use the Group Policy snap-in to set Office 2007 policies from the Office policy templates (.adm files). After you set policies for a particular Group Policy object, Windows automatically implements the policies on the users' computers.

To load an Office 2007 policy in the local computer policy, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc in the Open box, and then click OK.
  2. Under User Configuration, right-click Administrative Templates, point to All Tasks, and then click Add/Remove Templates.
  3. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog box, click Add.
  4. In the Policy Templates dialog box, click the Office 2007 policy template that you want to add, and then click Open.

    Note The Office 2007 policy templates are located in the Path \ Winnt \Inf folder. Path is the drive that contains the Windows folder. Winnt is the name of the Windows folder.
  5. In the Add/Remove Templates dialog box, click Close.
  6. On the Tree tab of the Group Policy window, expand Administrative Templates under User Configuration.
  7. Expand the Office 2007 policy that you added in step 5.
You are ready to set the Office 2007 user policies that you want in the local computer policy.

References

For information about how to manage users' configurations by policy, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179081(v=office.12).aspx
For information about how to use group policies in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/techinfo/overview/gpintro.mspx
For information about to how to use group policies in Microsoft Windows 2000, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/Bb742376.aspx
For information about how to install and maintain software applications that are based on Group Policy, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA011402011033.aspx

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Article ID: 924617 - Last Review: May 4, 2012 - Revision: 7.0
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  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
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  • Microsoft Office Standard 2007
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  • Microsoft Office Basic 2007
  • Microsoft Office Access 2007
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
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  • Microsoft Office Word 2007
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