Add holidays in Outlook 2010 via GPO

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Hello,

I'm looking for a way to add holidays to my user's outlook 2010 calendars.
I know how to do it on a workstation (File > Options > Calendar >“Add Holidays” ), but i would like to active this option for all users.

Do you know how to do it?
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Did you look through the Office 2010 Administrative Templates yet?  If there is a GPO setting for it, I would have to imagine it's in that.

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Yes i looked in the adm of Office 2010 Administrative Template files.
I didn't find any sttings for this.
What a pain this is. You would think that they would make that something you could push out via GPO - I'm with you on that one.  I'm thinking aloud on this one, but the only things I can come up with are:

Using GPO to push a replacement Outlook shortcut that opens with a .hol as a command-line switch (ie. "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11\Outlook.exe" /hol "<shared folder path with .hol file in it>")
For creating custom .hol files: http://2leggedspider.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/create-a-custom-outlook-holiday-file/
Add them programmatically via a script similar to this: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee692767.aspx

Either way is a pain and I am pretty disappointed that they don't allow you to enable this via GPO...

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