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Where in Group Policy can we change MS Office 2010 encryption

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We have found that MS Office 2010 can use encryption to protect documents and also, one can change the encryption via Group Policy, Where in Group Policy can we choose type encryption? (if not in Group Policy, where?)
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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Hi,
this technet article shows all the GPO settings and paths:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179125(v=office.14).aspx

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Rainer
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Thanx will check when on computer (I'm mobile now).
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Gone thru you links various time but can't seem to find the exact place with gpedit.msc (also ran gpmc.msc but not present).

Where exactly change the encryption?
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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Hi,
have you installed the Office Administrative Template files?
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=189316

HTH
Rainer
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oh ok... we thought it was the option of Windows 8 Administratio Tool.  The link you provide is  for Microsoft Office 2010.

Ok will do.
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We've download, but when installing it started asking a series of question.  We never used this apps and the need surface with a previous  question we had in EE regarding MS Office encryption.  After googling it seem that this apps is to create a new setup with new configuration for a re-install of the MS Office.  

We don't want to continue until we get feedback; please advice if this correct.
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Rainer Jeschor earned 500 total points
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Hi,
I am not sure if I can follow your last question.

Normally it is like this, that you download from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18968 just the AdminTemplates_32.exe (if you are using 32bit Office, for 64bit office please download the other file) and if you want the Excel file containing a list of the settings.

Then run/execute this AdminTemplate file which will extract the various ADMX files. You should put them first into
%systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\ for local GPO editing.
For domain GPO, please copy then the local ADMX files to %systemroot% \sysvol\domain\policies\PolicyDefinitions on your domain controller(s).

These steps are explained here:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc749493(v=ws.10).aspx

This will enable you to configure the GPO settings for all Office 2010 applications.

I think you used the OCT tool - this is indeed used to create customized Office setups. Running this tool should not reinstall Office but create the customized msp files (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179097(office.14).aspx#section3)

HTH
Rainer
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You followed perfect (I downloaded OCT becuase of a reference within one of the links).

Ok, just run the AdminTemplate, what is extracted from this file place it in the folder you indicated and then run gpedit.msc and I should be able to access MS Office setting? (and no need to run OCT tools)
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by:Rainer Jeschor
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Yes, that should do the trick.
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Ok will follow thru, thanx!
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Done!

Thanx!
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