Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
The following is just one page from the resource kit. This help file should be a part of your IT Pro toolset because it will be an invaluable resource as you explore the product, test deployment tools and processes, and manage the desktops later.
This particular sample is the “What's new for IT professionals in Office 2010” section close to the beginning of the file.
Where do you get this resource? Go get it @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e6dcc787-4653-49da-aeef-564a64dd4ac5. Like most of the .CHM’s you download, don’t forget to right mouse click the file and go to the properties in order to verify you approve it’s use even thought it was downloaded from the internet.
Here’s the sample section from the file. Enjoy.
Microsoft Office 2010 provides new features and improvements that help IT administrators configure, validate, deploy, and protect their Office installations. This article describes some of the changes in these areas.
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Microsoft includes product activation technologies in the following products sold through the Volume Licensing channel: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and now Office 2010. Product activation is verification with the manufacturer to confirm that software is genuine and that its product key is not compromised. Activation establishes a relationship between the software's product key and a particular installation of that software on a device.
Activation types include retail, volume, and OEM, and most require interactive steps by the user or IT professional, such as entering a product key from the packaging, or contacting a networked server or telephone service center. Activation technologies and tools vary according to the different channels for the software — retail, volume, and OEM.
The Microsoft policy requires the activation of all editions of Office 2010. This includes those obtained through a Volume Licensing program. This requirement applies to Office 2010 running on both physical computers and virtual machines.
You can use the following methods to activate Office 2010 with Office Activation Technologies:
For more information about Office Activation Technologies, see Volume activation overview for Office 2010 and Volume activation quick start guide for Office 2010.
Processors that are 64-bit are quickly becoming the standard for systems ranging from servers to desktop computers. The 64-bit systems can use more virtual and physical memory than 32-bit processors. This lets users work with much larger data sets than they could previously, to analyze and solve large computational problems. Office 2010 introduces native 64-bit versions of Office products to take advantage of the additional capacity provided by 64-bit processors. This additional capacity is only needed by Office users who require Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are larger than 2 GB, for example. The 32-bit version of Office 2010 provides the same functionality and is also compatible with 32-bit add-ins. This is why Office 2010 will install the 32-bit version by default.
For information about the supported operating systems, supported scenarios, setup process, and deployment considerations for 64-bit Office 2010, see 64-bit editions of Office 2010.
Fortunately, several new security controls in Office 2010 make it easier for IT professionals to build a robust defense against threats without diminishing information worker productivity. Five of the new controls provide countermeasures for hardening and reducing the attack surface and mitigating exploits. These include the following:
In addition to these new controls, Office 2010 provides several security enhancements that further harden the attack surface by helping to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of data. This includes the following:
Office 2010 also provides several security improvements that have a direct effect on information worker productivity. Improvements in the message bar user interface, a trust model that remembers users' trust decisions, Trust Center user interface settings, and single identity management are some examples of new features that help make security decisions and actions less intrusive to information workers. In addition, many of the new and enhanced security controls can be managed through Group Policy settings. This makes it easier for you to enforce and maintain your organization's security architecture.
For more information about security for Office 2010, see Security overview for Office 2010 and Plan security for Office 2010.
The Office Customization Tool (OCT) is the main customization tool that administrators use to customize an installation of Microsoft Office 2010 (and the 2007 Microsoft Office system). The OCT is part of the Setup program and is the recommended tool for most customizations, and is available only with volume licensed versions of Office 2010, such as Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. To determine whether an Office 2010 installation is a volume licensed version, check the Office 2010 installation disk to see whether it contains a folder named Admin. If the Admin folder exists, the disk is a volume license edition; otherwise, the disk is a retail edition.
You run the OCT by typing setup.exe /admin at the command line from the root of the network installation point that contains the Office 2010 source files; for example, \\server\share\Office14\setup.exe /admin.
For more information about the OCT, see Office Customization Tool in Office 2010.
The Office 2010 release provides the following new features:
Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) is another method to deploy Office 2010. Virtualization transforms applications into virtualized, network-available services that are not installed on the users' computer. Instead, applications can be automatically delivered to the users' computer as users need them.
By using App-V and Office 2010 together, you can quickly deliver the latest version of Office without having to worry about application conflicts or delays in productivity for users. Deploying Office 2010 with App-V 4.6 (currently in Beta) includes new support for integration with SharePoint Products and Technologies, Outlook Search, and Microsoft OneNote 2010. App-V 4.6 is scheduled for release in 2010.
App-V significantly reduces regression and application interoperability testing. App-V also minimizes the effect on users during application upgrades, patching, and terminations of user rights to applications because restarts and uninstallations are no longer required.
For more information about Application Virtualization, see Planning and Deployment Guide for the Application Virtualization System (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=156611).