Group Policy setting to disable Outlook configuration by client

Is there a Group Policy setting that can disable clients from changing the configuration of Outlook on their desktop/laptop?

We are using Outlook 2007 connecting to Exchange 2007.  I don't want users to have the ability to modify their Outlook configuration.  Speicifcally I don't want users to have the ability to configure Outlook for, say, a personal email account.  Corporate email accounts are only allowed.

Can this be done with GP?
Thanks!
luchianoduckmanAsked:
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TxTurboCommented:
If the ability exists, you'll find it in this pack of ADM/ADMX files: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=73d955c0-da87-4bc2-bbf6-260e700519a8&displaylang=en
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shanwaCommented:
yes this is possible if you grab the above pack by TxTurbo for Outlook it's under

User Configuration>Administrative Templates>Microsoft Office Outlook 2007>Miscellaneous>Prevent users from adding e-mail account types

Here you can prevent users from adding HTTP/Exchange/POP3/IMAP/Other types individually

Good luck ;)
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luchianoduckmanAuthor Commented:
Can this be used to prevent users from configuring Outlook alltogether?
I guess what I'm also interested in is preventing users from tampering at all with Outlook.
I just want to configure it to use their corporate email account, and that's it.  They can't change anything after that.
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shanwaCommented:
There are heaps of group policy options within the template for Outlook, best to go through each option yourself as you will then be able to cater it to exactly your requirements.

You can pretty much lock it down so your users can do nothing but read mail if you want :)
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luchianoduckmanAuthor Commented:
Excellent.  Ok this is probably going to be a stupid question but I don't know how to do this:

After implementing these GP changes so that the users can no longer change the Outlook configuration...

How will I configure Outlook for new users?  When a new guy starts typically I log into the desktop using his credentials, then create a new local Outlook profile.  I'm assuming the way I should be doing it now is through a login script?
Thanks.
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shanwaCommented:
You would need to create a group policy for new users that give you all access rights. Once you have finished configuring their settings you could then drop them into an existing users group policy which has all the restrictions enabled.

I have a similar setup except mine is allstaff and sysadmins. I simply migrate my account from one to another when troubleshooting problems that I don't have access to in the allstaff group policy.

Good luck!
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luchianoduckmanAuthor Commented:
Ok I love this thing.  However, one question that I think is probably a no brainer...

I've put the .admx and .adml files in \\domain\sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions folder.  Using the GPO Editor on the DC all the new Outlook settings show up and I can edit them.  But changes don't get pushed out to the Windows Vista clients.  The only way it works is if I manually copy the .admx and .adml files to the individual clients.

Is this correct?  Is there a way to make the clients automatically get the new .admx and .adml files from the central store?  Do I have to manually copy them to every Vista client?

Thanks.
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