Office 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2008 R2 Templates Released

The merged Microsoft Office 2003, Office 2007 and Office 2010 template files have been uploaded to the Virtual Engine website and are available for download in the Templates section. Each .ZIP file contains all the office templates for each product edition, e.g. Standard, Small Business and Professional etc, making it easy for you to configure settings for multiple Office products in a single policy within the RES Workspace Manager management console.


In addition, all the standard Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 administrative templates have been merged into a single file and is also available in the same place (as the Office templates). Using this template enables you configure all the standard Group Policy Administrative Template settings in a single Registry Policy within the RES Workspace Manager management console too. It takes a little while to expand the file due to the number of settings (it is all 156 ADMX files merged into 1!), but does mean that the console looks less cluttered. Here is what it looks like:


All these files were put together with the Virtual Engine Toolkit (VET) so if they don’t meet your individual requirements you can always download the tool and “roll your own”. Note: a new BETA 3 version will be released in the near future that fixes a few reported bugs and sports a couple of new features too..

Enjoy! Iain

Migrating GPOs to RES Workspace Manager (Part 6)

Taking the Merging ADM files (Migrating GPOs to RES Workspace Manager – Part 5) blog post to the extreme, here is a demonstration of merging all the default Windows 7/2008 group policy ADMX files. By default there are 148 separate ADMX files that make up the “default” GPO settings available within the Group Policy Management Console (on Windows 7). If we needed to recreate these in RES Workspace Manager we would need 148 separate Registry Policy objects . Each Registry Policy object within the RES Workspace Management Console can only be based on a single ADMX file. Believe me, this is not pretty. Note: It’s not recommended that you do this and this example is for demonstration purposes only. Only merge the ADMX files that contain the options you need to set!

What follows is how we can create one (albeit very big) ADMX/L file that can be uploaded into RES Workspace Manager.

  1. Open the Virtual Engine Toolkit.
  2. Select the “Merge ADMXs” tab.
  3. Drag’n’drop all the ADMX files in the default “C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions\” folder (when run on a Windows Vista or later computer) into the top window.
  4. Specify the output location directory.
  5. Specify the output filename (the ADMX and ADML file extensions will automagically be added).
  6. Click the green “Toolkit” button (and wait!).


On my laptop this took approximately 30 seconds and resulted in a combined 4.27MB “Win7_Defaults.ADMX/L” files. Load this into the RES Workspace Manager Management Console (it takes a little while!) and it looks like this:


Simple! And there’s more to follow…