Project 2010 Group Policy

imageSince the release of Project 2010, a few people have been asking in the forums on how to restrict or configure functionality of Project administratively. The Office 2010 Group Policy Administrative templates outline the various settings of Office that can be configured via Group Policy so organisations can centrally ‘configure’ aspects of Office 2010 for their users.

Given some of the new features in Project 2010 such as manually scheduled and inactive tasks could be quite confusing until a user has had a chance to undergo training, this is a valuable tool in ensuring some of those new features can be turned off until the user has been trained to use them.

Most of the group policy settings have remained the same between Project 2007 and 2010, but with a few notable additions, which are outlined below:

Policy setting name Location in Group Policy Object Editor console
Set default start date for new tasks Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Set new tasks to be automatically scheduled Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Update manually scheduled tasks when editing links Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Tasks can be made inactive Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Keep tasks on nearest working day Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Show tasks schedule warnings Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Show tasks schedule suggestions Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\Schedule\Scheduling options for ‘Project1’\
Automatically add new items to the global project Microsoft Project 2010\Project Options\View\Show\

You can grab a spreadsheet giving an overview of the Group Policy changes between Office 2007 and 2010 from here, or the Administrative Templates used to configure group policy from here (2007) or here (2010).

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3 thoughts on “Project 2010 Group Policy

  1. “Hidden constraint date???”

    Hi I’m having a problem with certain activities having what I describe as a hidden constraint. If I manually schedule I can change the start date to anything. But when using the automatic scheduling function the activity start date cannot be earlier than 30/6/11. There’s not constraint and it doesn’t change even if I create an FS relationship with a predecessing activity finishing earlier than 30/6/11. My project start date is also set for 14/4/11.

    Any solution ideas?

  2. Hello
    I have a project schedule that requires to show all the days in a month (working + non working days). Is there a macro run or column field formula that can make it possible?

    Del.

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