Disable Macros for all Office Apps via Group Policy Management Console

Office Macros are basically small bits of code written in Visual Basic (VBA), that allow you to carry out select repetitive tasks. They are useful by themselves, but many a times malware writers misuse this functionality to introduce malware into your computer system. A Macro virus is a virus that takes advantage of Macros that run in Microsoft Office applications such as the Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel. Cyber criminals send you a macro-infested payload or a file which will later on download a malicious script, via email and use a subject line that interests or provokes you into opening the document. When you open the document, a macro runs to execute whatever the task the criminal wants. It’s time to secure Microsoft Office. Please follow the steps below in order to strengthen your environment by disabling Macros for all Office Apps via Group Policy Management Console.   Create a new GPO on the Domain Controller and name it as: SecureEnvironment Open Group Policy Management Console. Expand the forest. Click on the domain. Right click on the Group Policy Objects and then click on New. Enter its name, here I am using SecureEnvironment. Download all the ADM Template (X86) files for the required version of Office from Microsoft official website. Extract the downloaded files to a convenient folder accessible from the Server. Go to extracted folder location and then ADMX. For e.g.: C:\ADMTemplates\ADMX Copy the required office apps .admx files and the language folder. e.g.: For Excel and English you need to copy en-us folder and excel.admx file. Go to the following location i.e. <Domain.Local>\Sysvol\<Domain.local>\Policies and create a new folder naming PolicyDefinitions. Copy all...

Office 365: Install Microsoft Office Desktop Apps with Office 365 subscription

Follow me An added benefit with Office 365 is that you get a subscription of the latest office desktop client which is Office 2013 at the moment. This article answers some basic questions about the included office desktop subscription and how to install the office on your PC. Before we start with installation lets just answers some FAQs:– What is the Office 365 install count ? With each  Office 365 business premium or E3/E4 license, a user can activate upto five copies of latest office desktop app (office 2013 as of now) version standard or professional flavour respective for each license.so with one license, you can activate Office desktop apps on your desktop, laptop, your home PC , Your Kid’s PC. How to install Office 365 One drive for Business ? Office 365 One drive for business is available with full office installation or as a separate software as well from Office 365 portal Whats the location for Office 365 installer download ? Office desktop app and other softwares can be download from the following link after login with a licensed user credentials. https://portal.office.com/OLS/MySoftware.aspx Can we get Office 365 installation CD ? Office 365 pro plus (just the office desktop apps, without cloud email features) is available as FPP (fully packaged product) on retail store. Installing Office 365 Desktop Apps on your Windows PC Installing Office 365 Desktop apps is really simple but we recommend that you uninstall existing version of Office from your PC before installing the latest version from Office 365 Portal. Uninstall the old version of Office Desktop apps from your PC Click on start and...

Exchange with Local Domain – Your Certificate will Expire by Nov 2015

Recently, I noticed that the Certificate Authorities like GoDaddy are issuing a warning when you purchase a Certificate with Internal Sever name (example: domain.local). The use of internal domain names has been discontinued by Certification Authorities and Browsers (CAB). If you intend to issue a certificate with .local or any internal domain name, then your certificate will expire by November 2015. After November 2015, you’ll loose the ability to purchase an SSL Certificate if you include a .local domain or any other internal domain in it. If you already have one, and you have not done anything about it till Nov 2015, it will expire. You must have a question in your mind, why not purchase the certificate without the internal domain (.local) and use it. Yes, you can use it, however if your Internal domain is .local, then your users will continuously get Certificate warning on Outlook when launched and while using it. What does it mean for you? Since Active Directory was introduced by Microsoft, most of the users have promoted their internal domain separate from an external domain. Exchange Servers were configured with the internal domain names as well. Outlook always contacted the Exchange Server via its .local domain name. Now, if you also have a similar environment, you must be thinking about how you can avoid this from happening, and also issue a proper certificate for your Exchange Organization. How do you fix it – Redirect your Exchange Server to use External URL You’ll need to run the following commands on your Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 Management Shell. These commands will update the URL for three services:...