[gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

  • From: "Darren Mar-Elia" <darren@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 07:06:09 -0700

That’s not completely true Shane. The Office ADM files contain ADM settings for 
Outlook. For example, I think you can probably force the spell checker on with 
the Outlook ADM. Not sure about the other two. I went through this recently and 
was able to configure a number of things in an Outlook profile with the ADM, 
but others, like specifying a specific signature or customizing views, were not 
controllable through the ADMs. In those cases, I had to use the Office Profile 
Wizard that comes with the Office Resource Kit (for 2003 anyway. 2007 has a 
different name for everything J).

 

Darren

 

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Shane Williford
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 6:53 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

 

Yes…you can’t configure any Office settings via GPO. I’m assuming you’re not 
performing an Office ugprade of any kind, but if you were, you could use MST 
files as part of your Office install to set default Office settings. If you’d 
like further information about MST file installs, let me know.

 

Shane M. Williford

Systems Administrator

MCSE, MCSA Sec, Sec+, Net+, A+

Mazuma Credit Union

9300 Troost

Kansas City, MO 64131

shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx

816-361-4194 x6012

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Katy Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 8:48 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

 

Wow thank you so much for that.

I’ll have a good read through and setup a test on one machine at first.

 

So kind of you to go to all this trouble, thank you J

 

 

        
'Your Payroll Partner'


Katy Wilson

Network Analyst

Employer Services Ltd.

William Hunter House
20 Western Road

Brentwood Essex CM14 4SR


Katy.Wilson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

www.employerservices.co.uk

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Fax: 01277 230782

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Henry Botha
Sent: 08 July 2008 14:33
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

 

Hi Katy

 

I’m not sure, but I don’t think that you can configure Outlook settings through 
GPO’s, but here goes for your Proxy and Desktop settings:

 

For a start you will want to install GPMC, it provides an easier view to Group 
policies. You cannot compile a new GPO with it, but from there you will be able 
to link existing gpo’s to you company OU’s.

 

1.)    Download and install the GPMC . 

2.)    Run mmc and add the Group Policy Management snap-in.

3.)     Browse to your forest, domains and select the level that you want to 
apply the GPO to. (Typically you will have servers and user machines in 
different OU’s so that you can apply GPO’s independently. )  

4.)    Right click the level you want to apply the GPO to and select  “Create 
and link a new gpo here”.

5.)    Select a name for your new GPO for ex. Internet access.

6.)    Right-click and edit the newly created GPO

7.)    This will launch gpedit.msc and you can browse to the settings I will 
specify below.

8.)    Change the settings according to your requirements.

9.)    There is no saving the GPO, once a setting has been changed, it will be 
saved on the domain controller.

 

Internet settings:

                User configuration  -  Windows settings  -  Internet explorer 
maintenance  - connection  -  proxy settings

 

Desktop:

                User configuration  -  Administrative templates  -  desktop.

 

 

Try to keep the amount of settings down to a minimum for one GPO, don’t add all 
settings to one GPO as this will make it difficult to troubleshoot later. 

The GPO’s should update every 30mins, but you can force the update on a client 
machine(testing) for Windows XP: gpupdate /force

                                                                                
                                                                                
                                              Windows 2000: secedit 
/refreshpolicy machine_policy /enforce

                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                             
Secedit /refreshpolicy user_policy /enforce 

Also, logging onto the machine or rebooting will force a policy update. 

 

To check the policies that are being applied on a user’s machine do a gpresult. 

 

Thank you

Henry  Botha     

Onsite Systems Engineer for  Digital Mall

Integr8 IT (Pty) Ltd

Fax: 0866378012

E-mail: henryb@xxxxxxxxx

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Katy Wilson
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:59 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] GPO Newgirl!

 

Hi,

 

Please help me!

 

I’ve been given a project to standardise about 45 machines and 2 Terminal 
servers over a weekend and I think that using Group Policy is my best option, 
although I have no experience with it at all so am a bit scared!

 

What we have:

Windows 2003 terminal servers

Laptops/Desktops mostly XP but a few Win2000.  

Office 2000, Outlook 2003 (a couple of Outlook 2000’s)

 

 

What I have to do:

 

Desktop Settings:

Rollout new company logo to each machine and force it as desktop

Force Marquee screensaver with the same comment on each machine

 

Microsoft Word:

Force Template path

Force standard font/size/styles

 

Outlook:

Disable signatures

Force Spell Checker on

Force standard font for new emails and replies

 

Internet Explorer (some with v6 and a few v7):

Change connection settings from Automatic to a Proxy server with exceptions

Force a new default home page

 

 

I just have no idea where to start with all this so would love your advice 
please!

 

Thank you so much

 

        
'Your Payroll Partner'


Katy Wilson

Network Analyst

Employer Services Ltd.

William Hunter House
20 Western Road

Brentwood Essex CM14 4SR


Katy.Wilson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

www.employerservices.co.uk

Tel: 01277 230656

Fax: 01277 230782

 

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