I found this document on Microsoft’s website I thought you might like. It’s only a mere 353 pages and describes how to deploy Office using various techniques. The one that gets the LEAST amount of talk? Group Policy.
Which is too bad. I mean, sure. If you have a killer software deployment tool already; then, yes, you should use it. I’m not saying "Don’t use it." I am, however, saying, that there are plenty of reasons you might want to use Group Policy to perform your next Office deployment.
First.. it’s free.
Second, it works.
Third, while there are multiple steps (12 steps to be exact) they are very straightforward. (If you know the steps, and do it in the right order.)
It’s straightforward in the same way where putting together a computer from scratch is straightforward. Its not hard; you just need to know how to do it and get a few tips along the way.
So of the 353 pages in the guide I just pointed you toward exactly FOUR pages focus on deploying Office using Group Policy. FOUR. F-O-U-R. Four. Four pages on deployment.
The bad news: I’m sorry. The doc just doesn’t spell it all out to ensure you’re not going to fail.
The good news: There are lots of tips on specific policy settings to use for, say, Outlook, Excel, and the like. Those are neat and helpful.
The best news: If you want to deploy Office 2010 or 2013 using Group Policy. I cover this topic in easy-to-follow detail in my "Jeremy’s 12 Step Office Deployment Program" in my LIVE and ONLINE Group Policy Training.
(Note: "Jeremy’s 12 Step Program" not to be confused with other helpful 12-step programs.)
Yep, in about an hour, I show you exactly how to deploy either Office 2010 or Office 2013, giving you the exact step-by-steps and tools and scripts you need to make this happen. Then, here’s what happens next: You try it out for yourself and see if you can do it in the lab, with me there ready to help you if you trip up.
Look, I know deploying Office 2010 or 2013 using Group Policy isn’t for everyone. Use the guide I pointed you toward for tips on Office 2013 deployment regardless on how you deploy. I think it’s a good guide with helpful stuff.
But if you want to learn how to really deploy Office 2010 or 2013 using Group Policy, I’ll see you in class.
For my USA peeps…
I’ll be teaching my 5-day FULL Group Policy Master Class (Dec 3- 7) in Tampa, FL
Click here: www.GPanswers.com/training to check it out and/or secure your seat. We DO still have some seats left (down to seven), and we DO give discounts if you bring 3+ people or become a PolicyPak customer before your class. Call 215-391-0096 for POs or to check on discounts.
For my UK, Scandinavian, and European friends…
I’ll be teaching my 3-day ACCELERATED Group Policy Master Class. (Nov 13 – 15)
in Sweden. (Click here: http://www.labcenter.se/Profiles#lab=Mastering_Group_Policy)
The super-general outline on the page is in Swedish.
To be clear: The Office 2010 / 2013 talk & lab is NOT included in this accelerated class. But I’ll make the lesson from my Online University available to anyone in the class who wants it as a free bonus for attending !
So, I don’t speak Swedish, so I’ll be teaching in English. This is an AMAZING opportunity to get the training you’ve always wanted, faster, from me, without a huge expense. If you only speak English like me, then CALL them at +46 08 10 20 00 and they will save you a seat. Also: if you want my full ACCELERATED class outline for this class, email me directly. Its not specifically on the site.
GPanswers.com (Group Policy Community)
PolicyPak.com (PolicyPak Software)