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Group Policy for Excel Data Connection/Macros MOSS 2007

Posted on 2010-11-09
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We have an excel xlsm sheet that uses a data connection from our SharePoint 2007 server and has macros.

I'm getting tired of explaining to people that they have to firse allow the macros and then allow the data connection and the links when they open the spreadsheet.

We have a windows server 2003 environment, Active Directory, MOSS 2007.

Is there a way to set a group policy on the server so that everybody's excel program knows it can trust data connections and macros from our SharePoint site?

Thank you
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You could buy a code signing certificate, sign the macros (then it is just a matter of checking the "Trust all macros from this publisher" checkbox to enable macros in future).

After that, I'd turn off automatic updating of queries and have VBA handle the update.
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Good idea, but unfortuneately I can't imagine finance authorizing a couple hundred $/yr so people don't have to click a button (this is for a sheet on our network, behind our firewall, so public integrity isn't an issue) . Any other ideas?
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You can create your own certificate using selfcert.exe (in your Office setup folder), but it would require each user to install that certificate for it to work.
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I used your second solution, but I can certainly see where the first would be better.

Thank you!
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