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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:
OverviewsBy 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 templatesWith 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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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=73d955c0-da87-4bc2-bbf6-260e700519a8On 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:
How to load an Office 2007 policy template in the local computer policyYou 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:
ReferencesFor 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).aspxFor 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.mspxFor information about to how to use group policies in Microsoft Windows 2000, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/library/Bb742376.aspxFor information about how to install and maintain software applications that are based on Group Policy, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Article ID: 924617 - Last Review: May 4, 2012 - Revision: 7.0