May 172012
 

If you are in a Microsoft Active Directory domain environment and require setting Microsoft Office settings for multiple users setting up Group Policy Objects is the way to go.
In my case, we needed to disable the Junk Filter in Outlook clients. We run three versions of Office, 3003, 2007 and 2010. So I will cover these versions, though you can setup earlier versions as well.

I’ve setup our GPO’s on Windows 2003 and 2008 R2 servers.

1) Download
You will need to download the following files from Microsoft.
Administrative Template Files:

Office 2003
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9035

Office 2007
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3795

Office 2010
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18968

2) Extract the Files:
I extracted the files to a new local directory called GPO_Templates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Office 2003 Templates

Copy the 11 x.adm files to your Windows 2003 AD server under C:\Windows\INF

Within Group Policy Object Editor you need to import the Templates by right-clicking “Administrative Templates” and selecting Add/Remove Templates

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Office 2007/2010 Templates

Go to the ADMX folder within Office 2007/2010 Templates and copy all the admx files onto your Windows 2008 R2 Server under C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions

Under the ADMX\en-us folder, copy all files onto Windows 2008 R2 server under C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\en-US

The templates are automatically loaded when opening up Group Policy Management Editor under Windows 2008 R2

The policies are located under User Configuration\Administrative Templates\