Office 2010: Group Policy Deployment Bonanza

Oct
18
2010

I’m not exactly sure why.. but sometimes Microsoft goes on a little jag about something. They get a particular bee in their bonnet, then BLAMMO! Tons of stuff on one focused topic comes out, all at once, just overwhelming us.

Well, this kind of just happened recently. And NO, I’m not talking about “Windows 7 Phone Mobile System 7 Mobility Solution for Mobile Phones” … or whatever-the-heck-it’s called.

I’m talking about Office 2010. And, specifically, deploying that big ‘ol beast using Group Policy.

I do cover how to deploy Office 2010 (and Office 2007 for that matter) in my big green book (www.GPanswers.com/book) but it’s also true Microsoft has made some newly available docs which give some extra oomph to dealing with that rollout.

PS: If you’re coming to my Chicago class NEXT WEEK, then GOOD NEWS !    I’ve decided to put my working gloves on, and POOF ! Now, you’ve got a brand new “unannounced” extra bonus lesson with hands-on labs for “Office 2010 + Group Policy = Deployment !” So, see you there. (Two seats left, by the way… http://www.GPanswers.com/training if you want to claim ‘em.)

If you can’t make it to Chicago, here’s the “self help” resources I talked about.

() TechNet Magazine Auto Deploy Office 2010 with Free Tools:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff956190.aspx

() Deploy Office 2010 by using Group Policy computer startup scripts
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff602181.aspx

() For IT professionals: Group Policy for Microsoft Office 2010
http://tinyurl.com/23g8txf

() Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX, ADML) and Office Customization Tool
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc178992.aspx#section8

I do gotta say “Thanks Microsoft.”  Having to slog though without the docs (even, heck.. WITH the docs) out on your own is PAINFUL. Really. But these newer docs do ease that pain a little bit. I know people are hep on trying to roll out Office 2010.. and it isn’t easy.

Hopefully these docs help you make the magic happen. Until next time !

Jeremy Moskowitz
GPanswers.com (Group Policy Community)
PolicyPak.com    (PolicyPak Software)