PolicyPak: Manage Corel PaintShopPro using Group Policy, SCCM, or your own deployment software

PolicyPak locks down and enforces the optimum setting values that you, the network administrator, want them to have, as well as the ones you know they need. PolicyPak sets and enforces expectations for your users’ applications, so that they get the same experience, every time they launch it. Keep your Corel PaintShop Pro configuration settings enforced and streamlined with PolicyPak. Check out this video to see how it’s done.

PolicyPak: Manage Corel PaintShopPro using Group Policy, SCCM, or your own deployment software

Hi. This is Jeremy Moskowitz, former Group Policy MVP and Founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to configure Corel PaintShop Pro using PolicyPak.

I’ve already got PaintShop Pro installed on my target computer here. I’m just a regular user. As you can see, I’m logged on as a guy called “eastsales user4.” I’ll open up “Corel PaintShop Pro.” I’ll go to “Preferences” and examine the configuration settings that a standard user has access to.

Right here on the “General Program Preferences” tab, I have some important settings such as “Undo,” which allows users to undo undesired object modifications. We have a number of “Warnings” to alert users about file deletions and other abrupt actions.

Now let’s go to “Autosave Settings,” and we’ll look at some of the important settings here as well. Notice that in order to access “Autosave Settings,” we had to return back to the “File” menu. You’ll note that PolicyPak actually saves you a step on this later on.

Corel PaintShop Pro is a registry based application, and that means that a registry savvy user can modify these settings and work around your desired settings. I’ve got the registry location saved here to save a little time. As we can see, this standard user can simply work around your desired settings by modifying the setting for example “AutoPreserveEnabled.” They can change it from “1” to “0.”

As you can see, the standard user East Sales User 4 has the rights to do this. No admin rights are required. Now let’s see how quickly we can ensure compliance and perform desktop management of settings quickly using PolicyPak.

I’ll go ahead and switch over to my management station computer. We’ll right click over our “East Sales Users” and “Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here.” We’ll call it “Lockdown Corel PaintShop Pro.” Now this GPO is associated with our East Sales Users.

I’ll right click over it, I’ll click “Edit” and I’ll dive down under “User Configuration/PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” There it is: “PolicyPak for Corel PaintShop Pro” along with lots of other applications, such as Java, Flash, Firefox, Skype and lots of other important desktop applications that your users utilize every day and you know you need to make more secure.

Let’s start with General and go to “Undo” again. Let’s make sure that “Enable the undo system” is always checked. Now to make sure that users can’t alter this modification, I’ll right click on it and select “Disable corresponding control in target application.” Now the setting cannot be accessed or possibly modified by the user.

Let’s go to “Autosave Settings.” As you can see, it’s on the same interface within PolicyPak. Let’s make sure that “Automatically save backup copies of all open files” is checked. Notice when I check these settings that the text becomes underlined. This means that the setting’s values will be delivered by PolicyPak. I’ll go ahead and “Disable corresponding control in target application” for this setting as well and use the same method. Then I will configure it for “10 minutes.”

Finally, let’s go to “Auto-Preserve” and let’s check “Enable Auto-Preserve.” Now let’s right click upon our desired settings and select “Perform ACL Lockdown.” As the name suggests, ACL Lockdown is a PolicyPak feature that locks down the settings within the registry or an application’s configuration files that prevents users from working around your desired settings.

Now I’ll go back to the client machine, I’ll get a command prompt and I’ll run GP Update. Now you could envision the user logging on for the first time, using a Terminal Services or Citrix machine, using a VDI session, changing job roles or getting a new computer. I just happen to be using GP Update.

Remember, it’s PolicyPak actually performing the magic. To get the magic delivered, you can use Group Policy, SCCM, LANDESK, KACE or your own systems management software. Even if the user is offline, your settings are always preserved because PolicyPak is always working for you in the background making the job of you, the administrator, even easier.

Now let’s open up PaintShop Pro again and check our settings. Notice that my setting for “Undo” has been delivered, and it’s disabled so that it can’t be accessed. Notice that the “Enable Auto-Preserve” is now checked as well. If we go to “Autosave Settings,” we can see that the setting has been delivered and disabled as well.

Now let’s pretend that the user tries to change the setting in the registry directly again. I’ll open up the registry location and once again attempt to modify “AutoPreserveEnabled.” Now as you can see, the efforts of this user have now been thwarted because PolicyPak’s ACL Lockdown has locked down these registry settings.

That’s it. We’re done. That’s how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak and manage Corel PaintShop Pro as well as tons of your other desktop applications.

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Thanks so much for watching, and get in touch with us if you’re looking to get started. Talk with you soon.