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Deploying Custom Office Templates

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I work in a large enterprise environment.  350 Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controllers with Citrix and Sharepoint.  All workstations are either running Windows 7 with Office 2007 or Office 2010.  Citrix environment is strictly Office 2010.  We currently have Macintosh clients (which do not currently connect to the domain but solution is currently underway to have them connect).  We would also need to plan for template updates as well as making the custom templates available offline. This is a heavy powershell shop environment and would prefer to utilize PS, if applicable. Management would like to utilize GPO instead of pushing via software deployment program.   Is the best method to use the Office ADM template setting for workgroup template share or would Sharepoint be a better solution?  If so, can you provide with information on how to implement this solution?
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by:Mahesh
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Not sure what is your exact requirement

You can download Office ADM \ ADMX templates from Microsoft, Extract it on any 2008 \ 2008 R2 Domain controller from where you are managing GPOs and copy it to
%systemroot%\Policydefinations folder, Then those ADMX templates will be available for all GPOs on that domain controller

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If you have GP central store already in place, you can copy those ADMX files on \\domain.com\sysvol\policydefinations folder

Not sure why you want to copy those ADM \ ADMX files on each workstation

If you could please elaborate your exact requirement

Mahesh
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At the current moment, the requirement is to deploy a custom (already made) powerpoint template to all users.
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Is this template different from Office admin template?

Used as template in PowerPoint on desktops ?
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Yes, the PowerPoint template is to be used on desktops and via Citrix. This Powerpoint template has the company logo and basic formating for end users.  

If using the Office ADM/ADMX file and using the workgroup template path option for 2007 and 2010, would this be the best option to deploy the custom PowerPoint template to all users desktop and/or Citrix.  If so, how do you make available for desktop users offline?
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Increasing points.
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I know nothing about ADM/ADMX vs GPO, but I want to mention that you can make the corporate template the default PPT template by naming it blank.potx and putting it here: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates (%AppData%\Microsoft\Templates).

You can also put the blank.potx template in the same location as the workgroup templates (which you set in Word). I'm not sure what happens if the users are offline, though. In my experience, you're best off deploying a local default (blank.potx) template.
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