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 site found

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This is just one of those things that you need to share quickly.

http://gps.cloudapp.net/

I think you will have it more easier to find your setting for a GPO here instead of trying to find it in GPO-editor.

Well done! :)


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“New” forum for GP-questions

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MS has created a “new” forum for GP-questions.
It has been there since beginning of February so it’s quite new still.

http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=2023&SiteID=17

If you don’t find the existing forums enough then you can always check and ask you questions also here. :)


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CSE for Windows Group Policy Preference

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Microsoft has finally released the new CSE’s required to recieve settings done in the new GP Preference that is released with Windows Server 2008.

They are now here for XP, Server 2003 and Vista

Download:

Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Vista (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Vista x64 Edition (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Server 2003 (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB943729)


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New: Group Policy settings reference for Windows Server 2008

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Microsoft has released a new Group Policy settings reference and this time for Windows Server 2008.

This file contains all Group Policy settings since Windows 2000 so this is the only file you need. For Windows Server 2008 24 new settings are available where 12 of them are for Terminal Services functionallity.

This reference file is also for the new admx/adml-format so to know for sure you can use settings described in this file you need to start using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 to configure your GPO’s.

Download the new reference file here (xls and xlsx file available)


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Is this for real?

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I know I haven’t written anything in a long time and I sure will start writting some more soon again but I saw this blog-post today (in Swedish) which has a link to a “Windows Help and How-to”

Even if it’s only Tuesday this must be selected as funniest this week.

Opening the Windows Vista box

I still can’t understand what they where thinking about when they wrote this! :D


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New whitepapers

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MS released two new whitepapers this week that might be of interest

  • Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) Overview
  • Group Policy Preferences Overview

AGPM is a tool included in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack which can only be aquired if you have a Software Assurance license with MS.
Read more about AGPM here
Download the Whitepaper here

The new Group Policy Preference Whitepaper is a new document released for Windows Server 2008 which gives you some information on how to handle Group Policy in a different way. You sure will not get disappointed if you read this document and haven’t looked to far into Group Policy in Windows Server 2008, I think you will download and test right away :D
Download it here


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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 :)

Picture:
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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Elevate rights in your Vista

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Today I read a post in another blog (swedish) about some example codes released in a technetmag article from MS.

This example codes contains different methods on how to elevate different things.

  • Elevate Powershell straight from a catalog.
  • Elevate cmd-prompt from a catalog.
  • Elevate an MSI-package installation
  • Elevate a HTA-application

Right click and select your option.

Example:
Elevate-picture

Download the package and install the different options by right-click on the inf-files and select Install.

Download the package here.


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Microsoft Office 2007 – ADMX finally

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Finally MS released the Office 2007 templates for Group Policy in the new ADMX-format.

You can now benefit here also to have those stored in your Central Store so that you decrease the load for replicating GPO’s between servers etc.

These new templates is of course not with all languages and I wouldn’t be to sure that they will be released either.
The download file also contains an excel-file for reference.

Download the new templates here


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