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Disable the use of Microsoft Office on a Win 2003 Domain

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Hi,

I have a Windows 2003 Terminal server as part of my domain. I have 30 users that need to use office 2003 on this terminal server. 20 need Standard edition and the other 10 need Pro. As instructed by Microsoft I have purchased an open license for Standard (20 users) and an open license for Pro (10 users). They also told me to create two separate partitions on the terminal server and install standard on one and pro on the other. I have done that. They then said to use group policy to restrict users so that they can only use the version of office they are licensed for.

Could someone tell me how to do this. I know I could work it out myself but I am out of time....

Thanks in advance.
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PeteJH,

This should work:

 - Put the 20 Office Standard users in one OU (OffStd for this example), and the 10 Office Pro users in another OU (OffPro for this example)
 - Create a new GPO for the OffStd OU -- I'll call it "Restrict to OffStd" for this example
 - Edit the GPO:
   - User Configuration
     - Windows Settings
       - Security Settings
         - Rt. click Software Restriction Policies and click Create New Policies
           - Rt. click Additional Rules and click New Path Rule...
             - Fill in the full path (including drive letter) to the Office Pro installation; be sure Security Level is set to disallowed

 - Create a new GPO for the OffPro OU and follow the steps above, except you should now disallow access to the full path of the Office Standard installation.

Hope this helps,
-jdm
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Thanks jdm,

That seems to have worked except for one problem. When one of the Office PRO users try to run word, I get the following error: "An error occured and this feature is no longer functioning properly. Please run setup and select "Repair" to restore this application". I have tried reinstalling both programs but the same message appears. Any ideas what this could be? I have made sure that each user has full permissions on both office partitions....

Thanks again,

Pete
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Hi again,

I got around this problem above by installing Office 2K3 Standard on one partition and giving all users access. Then I installed the Professional Components only (Access, Publisher) onto the second partition and limited the use of these components to the 10 users that need it. It's not how Microsoft said to set it up but it seems to work.

My only worry is if the standard edition limits use to only 20 people in some way. Do you know if the user limit is somehow coded into the serial that I got through open license? I ask this because all I got was a generic installer cd and a Serial number via the eopen website. No activiation was required.

Thanks again.
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In my experience with Microsoft's open/volume licensing, there is no hard-coded limit.  You should be fine to do it the way you described.

When you had the two versions of Office fully installed on separate partitions, did you have separate shortcuts for the Office Pro components and the Office Standard components?

-jdm
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