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Restrict who can use MS Office 2007 Applications on Windows Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2011-02-11
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I'm looking for a way to restrict who can access Microsoft Office by user.  This server is running Windows Server 2008 R2 and is not in a domain (no Active Directory).  This is a terminal server, so all users will be connected to this server.

I want the following restrictions per user (or group)

Can run all Office 2007 Applications
Can run only Excel
Can run no office 2007 Applications

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
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Add one group for Excel and one group for all Office apps. Use NTFS permissions to allow execute of the Office executables based on group membership.

For example:

Grp_Allow_Excel
Grp_Allow_Office

Remove Users from Excel.exe access list and add Grp_Allow_Excel and Grp_Allow_Office with Read/Execute

Remove Users from Outlook.exe, Winword.exe etc access list and add Grp_Allow_Office with Read/Execute.

If a user-level user is not a member, he/she can't launch any Office program.
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by:brianfsu1
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Thanks for the response.  That's an interesting angle at accomplishing this that I hadn't thought of.  

The only downside (and I should've mentioned this in the original question) is that it would be nice if they didn't even see shortcuts to those applications as well.  
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Maybe you can develop a script that detects the membership (IFMEMBER.EXE) and based on that copies or removes the shortcuts from the user desktop or start menu. Naturally, as the original shortcuts are in All Users profile, you have to remove them.
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Worked great.  Thanks.
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