PolicyPak: Manage Corel PDF Fusion with Group Policy, SCCM or your own management tool

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

PolicyPak: Manage Corel PDF Fusion with Group Policy, SCCM or your own management tool

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

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

Right there in the “General” tab, you can see that this user has some settings such as “New file type” and “Automatically check for updates.” On the “Import” tab, I have some “Drag-and-drop conversion” settings to allow integration with applications such as Word, which allows users to undo undesired object modifications. Finally, here in “Web,” I have the all-important proxy settings.

Corel PDF Fusion is a registry based application, and that means that a registry savvy user can just modify these settings and get around your desired IT settings. I’ve got the registry location saved here, so I can go straight into the registry and modify this setting as a standard user for “AutoUpdate.” You can see me changing the value from “1” to “0.” As you can see, East Sales User4 has rights to do this.

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 go ahead and right click over our “East Sales Users” and “Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here.” We’ll call it “Lockdown Corel PDF Fusion.” This GPO is now 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 PDF Fusion” along with a lot of our other application Paks, such as Java, Flash, Firefox, Skype and lots of important other desktop applications that your users utilize every day and you know you need to make more secure.

Let’s start with “General,” and let’s set the “New file type” to “PDF.” Notice how the setting became underlined when I made the selection. This means that PolicyPak will deliver the setting value. While we’re here, let’s make sure that “Automatically check for updates” is always unchecked so my users can’t involve themselves in getting the application updated.

Let’s right click on our desired setting and also select “Perform ACL Lockdown.” As the name suggests, ACL Lockdown is a PolicyPak feature that locks down the settings within your registry or an application’s configuration files that prevents users from working around your desired settings.

Finally, let’s go to “Web” and let’s manually configure a proxy server (“Manual proxy configuration”) for this application and assign a “Port” as well. Now I’ll go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run GP Update.

Now you can 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 that performs 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 the administrator – well, your job – easier.

Now let’s open up PDF Fusion again and check out our settings. Notice that the default file type has been delivered and that “Automatically check for updates” is unchecked. A quick visit to “Web” shows that the proxy address and port have been delivered as well.

Now let’s pretend that this user tries to change the settings in the registry again. I’ll now open the registry location once again as the user and attempt to modify “AutoUpdate.” You can see that the efforts of this user have been thwarted. PolicyPak with 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 to manage Corel PDF Fusion as well as tons of your other desktop applications.

If you’re looking for a trial of PolicyPak, just click on the “Webinar/Download” button on the right.

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

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