Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool

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Has been released in MS Download.

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Technet resource

A reference file (in Excel format) for all settings you can get here.

ADML-files are still only for standard languages (de, en, es, fr, it, jp, kr, cn, tw).


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New KB for problems with settings report in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 and using adm-files

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A new Knowledge base has been released with a hotfix for solving problems if you still are using adm-templates in GPO and are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

When you do a settings report of a GPO which contains references to an adm-template (not admx-template) and for some reason this adm-template doesn’t exist in the default paths anymore (you may have cleaned them out) you get “Extra registry settings” in the report instead to show these settings.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;981704

Of course the better way is to convert the adm-template to an admx-template instead and use the central store! :)


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ADMX Migrator update

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Microsoft with Full Armor has released a new version of the ADMX Migrator tool.

This is version 1.2 of this tool and as stated on the download page these are the changes:

  • Enhancements and bug fixes to support a wider range of ADM templates for conversion to ADMX.
  • Enhancements to code and documentation for conversion error reporting and warnings.
  • Improved handling of internationalized ADMX templates.

A first look at the tool and it seems to work as expected. I haven’t tested to convert any adm-files expect a small one which seemed to work just fine. It’s also easy to build your own admx-files using the tool which can be handy when you want to stop creating adm-files in notepad :)

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admx migrator 1.2

Download the new tool from here

If you have problem with the tool please report it here


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Help for troubleshooting Group Policy

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Everyone that has ever tried to troubleshoot group policy problems knows how hard that can be.

Darren Mar-Elia (MS MVP) has created a GPO logging ADM & ADMX which you can use in a GPO to enable some logging features without having to know where to enable it manually.

It wont help you resolve your problem but it gives you some options on how to troubleshoot depending on what it is.

Find his custom adm/admx here: http://www.gpoguy.com/gpolog.htm


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Office 2007 ADM-template problems

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As you could see in my last post I found a problem with the Common Feed List so I wondered how many more issues there were which I haven’t discoved yet so I did a search and these I found as KB-articles.

Cached Exchange Mode is enabled in Outlook 2007 even though you set the “Do not use Cached Exchange Mode for all new Outlook profiles” setting in the Office Customization Tool

The Junk Mail Import List setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List” setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Automatically download enclosures” setting for RSS feeds in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Prevent users from adding PSTs to Outlook profiles and/or prevent using Sharing-Exclusive PSTs” setting is configured incorrectly in the Office Customization Tool and in the Group Policy templates

The”Disables the shortcut key” setting is configured incorrectly in the Office Customization Tool and in the Group Policy templates

The “Junk e-mail protection level” setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The free/busy grid displays only your working hours when you create a new meeting request in Outlook 2007

The “Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar” setting is disabled in Outlook 2007

Since some of these settings are commonly used I figured that it could be worth posting them here!


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Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List

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I do almost all of my settings for Windows using GPO whenever possible and Office is no difference so when configuring Office 2007 I got a problem with my RSS-feeds.

My list of RSS-feeds in IE differed from the list I had in Outlook which surprised me since I know I choose so use the Common Feed List.

I check in Outlook and found out that the checkbox (Sync RSS feeds to the Common Feed List) was greyed out and unticked even if I know I selected the right choice when configuring my GPO.

So I started searching on the Internet and found one hit, which is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932126. Apparently MS has made a mistake in the outlk12.adm file (and also in the outlk12.opa file for OCT) so when you select enable for switching this function on, what really happens is that you turn it off.

The adm-files for Office 2007 you can download here but note that the above has not been corrected so you need to change this first thing (or keep it in mind :) ).


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