PolicyPak: Manage OneNote using Group Policy, SCCM, or your own management tool.

Since many OneNote users are remote and mobile, this provides a greater challenge for your helpdesk team. You want to ensure that these users can’t tamper with their application OneNote settings which may result in a helpdesk call. But with PolicyPak, you’re the one in control.

Manage Microsoft OneNote 2010 with Group Policy video transcript

Hi, this is Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP and founder of PolicyPak Software. In this video, we’re going to learn how to use PolicyPak to manage Microsoft OneNote 2010.

I’ve already got OneNote 2010 installed on my computer, and I’m just a regular user here.  As you can see, I’m logged on as a guy called “eastsalesuser4.”  If we open up the application here from the Start Menu and look at our configuration options we find many settings to choose from.   If I go to some of these tab sections such as “Display” and “Save and Backup”, I have some options that I would definitely want to set for my users.   As an Administrator though what I’m the most concerned about is the security settings found in “Trust Center Settings.”  We can see that there are several options within the “Add-ins” and “Privacy Options” that I would most definitely want to enforce upon my users to ensure that their desktops remain secure.

Let’s go over and see how we would manage these 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”, “Create a GPO” and we’re going to call it “Lock Down OneNote.” So this GPO is now associated with the “East Sales Users.” I’ll right click over it.  I’ll click “Edit…”. I’ll dive down under “User Configuration,” “PolicyPak/Applications/New/Application.” There it is, “PolicyPak for Microsoft OneNote” along with our other applications like “WinZip,” “Media Player,” “Firefox,” “Skype” and some other things.

Let’s go to “Display.”  These checked values are selected by default within OneNote and I want to make sure they are always selected so I am going to quickly uncheck and then recheck them.Notice how when I first unchecked each setting that the text became underlined.  That means that the setting value is going to be delivered to the user, whether it is checked or unchecked.   I’ll then go to “Save/Backup” and click the “AutoCorrect Options” button and check some of these settings.

Now let’s focus on security and go to the “Trust Center Settings.”  In “Add-ins” I want to select “Require Application Add-ins to be signed by Trusted Publisher.   I’ll also check “Disable notification for unsigned add-ins.”   To wrap things up, I’ll go to Privacy Options and set these values accordingly to meet the security policies of my network.

Now I will go back to my client machine, we’ll get a command prompt and run “gpupdate.”  Now you could envision the user logging on for the very first time, using a Terminal Services or Citrix machine, using a VDI session, changing job roles, or getting a new computer.  As soon as they do, PolicyPak delivers these settings. We just happen to be using gpupdate right now.

Now that that’s done, let’s reopen the application after you have delivered settings using PolicyPak.

As you can see, when we visit the various tabs where we applied our setting values, all of your desired configurations have been delivered.  Now let’s pretend that the user starts to make the machine less secure and optimal and changes some of these settings’ values.  Let me close the application.

PolicyPak is always working. So the next time I run the application, PolicyPak will automatically remediate these settings at launch time, without waiting for the next group policy update.  It doesn’t matter if the computer is online or offline. PolicyPak is always working to ensure that “What you SET is what they GET.”

And there are your desired settings once again.

Remember: you can use Group Policy or your own systems management tool like SCCM, LanDesk, KACE or anything else and deploy PolicyPak directives. We just happen to be using Group Policy in these examples.

PolicyPak to the rescue.

Your IT and security settings you need are now delivered to OneNote.

That is how incredibly easy it is for you to use PolicyPak to manage and lockdown Microsoft OneNote and tons of 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 to you soon.

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