[gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

  • From: Shane Williford <shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 09:33:01 -0500

Thanks a bunch Jamie…as always! ☺

Shane M. Williford
Systems Administrator
MCSE, MCSA Sec, Sec+, Net+, A+
Mazuma Credit Union
9300 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64131
shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx<mailto:shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx>
816-361-4194 x6012

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Nelson, Jamie
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:21 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

You can download the Office 2003 ADMs and a handy Excel spreadsheet from the 
following link:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BA8BC720-EDC2-479B-B115-5ABB70B3F490&displaylang=en

Regards,

Jamie Nelson | Infrastructure Consultant | BI&T Operations | Devon Energy | 
Work: 405.552.8054 | http://www.dvn.com<http://www.dvn.com/>

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Shane Williford
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:17 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

Thanks Darren…wasn’t aware there was an Office ADM…GREAT to know! ☺  How do I 
install that?

Shane M. Williford
Systems Administrator
MCSE, MCSA Sec, Sec+, Net+, A+
Mazuma Credit Union
9300 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64131
shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx<mailto:shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx>
816-361-4194 x6012

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 9:06 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: GPO Newgirl!

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 ☺).

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<mailto: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 ☺




'Your Payroll Partner'


Katy Wilson

Network Analyst


Employer Services Ltd.

William Hunter House
20 Western Road

Brentwood Essex CM14 4SR


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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<mailto: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<mailto:Katy.Wilson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

www.employerservices.co.uk<http://www.employerservices.co.uk>


Tel: 01277 230656

Fax: 01277 230782




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