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Posted on 2008-09-30
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I am looking for a way if there is one to use Group Policy to force a wav file to be the alet message. Any one ever do this before using GP?

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Unfortunately although some of the Office Admin templates (ADM Files) that you can download let you set whether or not a sound is played, they don't let you specify a WAV file. However, the wave file is actually set as part of the windows sound scheme, and these are reg keys.  If you are feeling ambitious, you can actually write your own ADM file that sets a reg key, like the sound used for the email alerts.  Basically you import an ADM file into a GPO and it shows you new settings that you can configure (even custom reg keys if you write your own).

Let me know if you fancy giving this a go, the basics on ADM files are in the following links, if you can't find the reg keys for the Sounds I can probably find them, and sure enough page 3 of the second link PDF gives you a strong hint as this is what you're trying to do!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administrative_Template
http://media.wiley.com/product_ancillary/70/07821444/DOWNLOAD/Web01.pdf
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by:keevern
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FourBeers rocks. PDF helped.
Here is my adm

CLASS USER

CATEGORY Sounds

      POLICY "Sounds to hear when New Email is Recieved"

            KEYNAME "AppEvents\Schemes\Apps\.Default\MailBeep\.Current"

                  PART "What sound do you want?" EDITTEXT REQUIRED
                  VALUENAME ""
                  END PART
      END POLICY
END CATEGORY
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