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Setting File Extension Default Program through GPO RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

        I am attempting to setup Default programs on my 2008 Terminal Servers based on GPO.

    Current Setup:

        Windows Server 2008
        Office 2007 with limited licenses
        Exel Viewer 2003
        Word Viewer 2003

        What I need to do is setup the default program to open a word or Excel document in Viewer for specific people so that I can stay in compliance with my Licenses.

        I have found /HKEY_Current_User/Software/microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Extensions in the Registry to attempt to resolve this issue. However when I set the xls extension to Excel Viewer for this specific GPO and test it, it opens Office 2007.

    Any help?
    Friday, June 6, 2008 1:08 PM

Answers

  • See \HKCR\Applications\Excel.exe and \HKCR\Excel.*
    • Marked as answer by Miles Li Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:45 AM
    Friday, June 6, 2008 7:05 PM
  • Just to make this a little easier, you should have a peek at the recently released Group Policy Preferences, which allows you to set a plethora of settings, such as file associations, straight out of the GUI. It will need the updated Client Side Extensions to be installed....but it is truly worth it, as GPP makes it a breeze to configure things like this.

    Windows settings

    • Applications: Extensible for ISVs to create simple Group Policy preference settings for their applications. 
    • Drive Maps: Create, modify, or delete mapped drives, and configure the visibility of all drives.
    • Environment: Create, modify, or delete environment variables.
    • Files: Copy, modify the attributes of, replace, or delete files.
    • Folders: Create, modify, or delete folders.
    • Ini Files: Add, replace, or delete sections or properties in configuration settings (.ini) or setup information (.inf) files.
    • Network Shares: Create, modify, or delete ("un-share") shares.
    • Registry: Copy registry settings and apply them to other computers. Create, replace, or delete registry settings.
    • Shortcuts: Create, modify, or delete shortcuts.

    Control Panel settings

    • Data Sources: Create, modify, or delete Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data source names.
    • Devices: Enable or disable hardware devices or classes of devices.
    • Folder Options: Configure folder options; create, modify, or delete Open With associations for file name extensions; create, modify, or delete file name extensions associated with a type of files.
    • Internet Settings: Modify user-configurable Internet settings.
    • Local Users and Groups: Create, modify, or delete local users and groups.
    • Network Options: Create, modify, or delete virtual private networking (VPN) or dial-up networking (DUN) connections.
    • Power Options: Modify power options and create, modify, or delete power schemes.
    • Printers: Create, modify, or delete TCP/IP, shared, and local printer connections.
    • Regional Options: Modify regional options.
    • Scheduled Tasks: Create, modify, or delete scheduled or immediate tasks.
    • Services: Modify services.
    • Start Menu: Modify Start menu options.




    -Stuart Hudman
    • Marked as answer by Miles Li Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:45 AM
    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:40 PM

All replies

  • See \HKCR\Applications\Excel.exe and \HKCR\Excel.*
    • Marked as answer by Miles Li Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:45 AM
    Friday, June 6, 2008 7:05 PM
  • Just to make this a little easier, you should have a peek at the recently released Group Policy Preferences, which allows you to set a plethora of settings, such as file associations, straight out of the GUI. It will need the updated Client Side Extensions to be installed....but it is truly worth it, as GPP makes it a breeze to configure things like this.

    Windows settings

    • Applications: Extensible for ISVs to create simple Group Policy preference settings for their applications. 
    • Drive Maps: Create, modify, or delete mapped drives, and configure the visibility of all drives.
    • Environment: Create, modify, or delete environment variables.
    • Files: Copy, modify the attributes of, replace, or delete files.
    • Folders: Create, modify, or delete folders.
    • Ini Files: Add, replace, or delete sections or properties in configuration settings (.ini) or setup information (.inf) files.
    • Network Shares: Create, modify, or delete ("un-share") shares.
    • Registry: Copy registry settings and apply them to other computers. Create, replace, or delete registry settings.
    • Shortcuts: Create, modify, or delete shortcuts.

    Control Panel settings

    • Data Sources: Create, modify, or delete Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data source names.
    • Devices: Enable or disable hardware devices or classes of devices.
    • Folder Options: Configure folder options; create, modify, or delete Open With associations for file name extensions; create, modify, or delete file name extensions associated with a type of files.
    • Internet Settings: Modify user-configurable Internet settings.
    • Local Users and Groups: Create, modify, or delete local users and groups.
    • Network Options: Create, modify, or delete virtual private networking (VPN) or dial-up networking (DUN) connections.
    • Power Options: Modify power options and create, modify, or delete power schemes.
    • Printers: Create, modify, or delete TCP/IP, shared, and local printer connections.
    • Regional Options: Modify regional options.
    • Scheduled Tasks: Create, modify, or delete scheduled or immediate tasks.
    • Services: Modify services.
    • Start Menu: Modify Start menu options.




    -Stuart Hudman
    • Marked as answer by Miles Li Wednesday, June 11, 2008 7:45 AM
    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:40 PM
  • Sweet! Thanks.

    I did look at some of those, but I guess I missed the options under "Folder Options".

    Thanks again.

    Friday, June 13, 2008 12:48 AM