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  • Blog Post: Adding shortcuts on desktop using Group Policy Preferences in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

    Hi All! My name is Saurabh Koshta and I am with the Core Team at Microsoft. Currently I work in the client space so supporting all aspects of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is my primary role. We very often get calls from customers who are evaluating Windows 8/Windows 8.1 for deployment, but are concerned...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Management Improvements in Windows Server "8" Beta

    Hi all, Ned here again. If you've been supporting group policy for years, you’ve grown used to its behaviors. For something designed to manage an enterprise, its initial implementation wasn’t easy to manage itself. The Group Policy Management Console improved this greatly after Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: AGPM Operations (under the hood part 3: check in)

    Sean again, here for Part 3 of the Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) blog series, following the lifecycle of a Group Policy Object (GPO) as it transitions through various AGPM-related events. In this installment, we investigate what takes place when you check-in a controlled GPO. Before editing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Logon Options in Vista/2008: Part One of Two

    Mike here again. This is the first of a two part series that originally published on the Group Policy Team blog - updated for Windows Server 2008. I wanted to bring to your attention some new policy settings for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. The Windows Logon Options policy settings are located...
  • Blog Post: Event Logging policy settings in Windows Server 2008 and Vista

    Mike here again. Today I’m focusing on policy settings for the Event Logging Service. For clarity, these settings control the Event Logging service; the service responsible for capturing and writing events throughout Windows. These policy settings do not affect the Event Viewer application....
  • Blog Post: Saturday Mail Sack: Because it turns out, Friday night was alright for fighting edition

    Hello all, Ned here again with our first mail sack in a couple months. I have enough content built up here that I actually created multiple posts, which means I can personally guarantee there will be another one next week. Unless there isn't! Today we answer your questions around: Detecting...
  • Blog Post: Bulk exporting and importing WMI filters for Group Policy

    Mike again. Here is an updated version of the blog post which was originally published on the Group Policy blog. Check it out! Did you know you can import/export WMI filters using GPMC? However, your export is limited to one filter at a time – filter to a single .mof file. You then take the...
  • Blog Post: Using Group Policy Preferences to Map Drives Based on Group Membership

    Hello AskDS Blog Readers, Mike here again! A common request we hear is how to automatically connect specific network shares to drive letters based on group membership. Mapping network drives based on group membership requires some programming knowledge-- either VBScript or command shell (batch files...
  • Blog Post: GP Editorial on the Group Policy blog

    Ned here. Mike Stephens has a short editorial on the GP development team blog. It addresses the fallacy of group policy "best practices" and is a good read for philosophy majors as well as IT staff. Here's a snippet: "Yes, there might be settings common to “locking down a computer”, but...
  • Blog Post: Understanding How to Read a Userenv Log – Part 1

    Hey everyone, this is Mark from the Directory Services team. We get calls all the time where enabling Userenv logging is necessary to see exactly what is happening with group policy and profile loading. If you have ever looked at one it can be confusing to say the least. One thing to remember is that...
  • Blog Post: SCM 2 CTP released (whoops, a month ago)

    Hey all, Ned here again. Jeff Sigman let me know that the new pre-beta version of Security Compliance Manager became available last month. It adds the number one feature request you’ve all been demanding: GPO Import . Grab it here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/archive/2011/03/10/scm-v2-ctp-available...
  • Blog Post: User Profile Policies in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista

    Mike here. Windows Vista made numerous changes with how user profiles work. In fact, the changes are too numerous to describe here (you can read more about the changes with user profiles in the Managing Roaming User Data Deployment Guide ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=73435 ). However, the...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack – It’s About To Get Real Edition

    Hello Terra, it’s Ned here again. Before I get rolling, a big announcement: On May 16th all the MSDN and TechNet blogs are being migrated to a new platform. This will get us back in line with modern blogging software, and include new features, better search, more user customization, and generally...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Cluedo Edition

    Hello there folks, it's Ned . I’ve been out of pocket for a few weeks and I am moving to a new role here, plus Scott and Jonathan are busy as #$%#^& too, so that all adds up to the blog suffering a bit and the mail sack being pushed a few times. Never fear, we’re back with some goodness...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Anchors Aweigh Edition

    Hiya folks, Ned here again. I finally have an editor that allows anchors on all the questions, so I am adding a quasi “table of contents” for these posts that allow easier navigation and linking. I’ll retrofit all the old mail sack articles too… eventually. This week we discuss...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from PolicyMaker to Group Policy Preferences with GPPMIG

    Mike here. PolicyMaker customers rejoice—Microsoft has a way for you to migrate from PolicyMaker 2.x to the new Group Policy preferences released with Windows Server 2008 and included in the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or higher. Download GPPMIG: http...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Custom Registry Changes through Group Policy

    Hi, Ned here. I’m a Technical Lead in Directory Services out of Charlotte, NC. Today I’m going to talk a little bit about a common customer question: how do I leverage group policy to deploy custom registry settings? I’ll be showing two ways to do this… the easier versus the...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Get Off My Lawn Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again. I know this is supposed to be the Friday Mail Sack but things got a little hectic and... ah heck, it doesn't need explaining, you're in IT. This week - with help from the ever-crotchety Jonathan Stephens - we talk about: Multiple WMI Filters LDAP MaxPoolThreads Many...
  • Blog Post: Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 1 of 3

    Hi, Mike here again. This post was originally published in the Group Policy Team blog. Many of you probably know about the power management improvements included in Windows Vista and that you can manage power using Group Policy. However, did you know that you can manage power on Windows XP using Group...
  • Blog Post: Getting the Effective Audit Policy in Windows 7 and 2008 R2

    Ned here again folks. We introduced granular auditing in Windows Vista and a few years later we released Advanced Audit Policy Configuration . Legacy Windows audit policy didn’t go away, of course. To make things interesting, all of this can be configured through domain policy, local policy, multiple...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Group Policy Preferences Debug Logging using the RSAT

    Mike here. Sometimes you need to enable additional logging when you are troubleshooting a particular component in Windows. Group Policy Preferences includes the ability to create verbose debug logging for each included client-side extensions. You activate Preference debug logging through Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Script Processing Behavior

    Hi Everyone, Mike here. Today I am discussing the default processing behavior for Group Policy scripts. Microsoft changed the default behavior of Group Policy startup and logon scripts processing from synchronous to asynchronous starting with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. This behavior is the...
  • Blog Post: Quick Fixes for Group Policy Issues

    Be sure to check out the Troubleshooting: Quick Fixes post over at the Group Policy blog for some tips on solving common Group Policy issues. - Craig Landis
  • Blog Post: IE8 Group Policy

    Ned here with a quick heads up. The IE 8 dev blog has posted some news about Group Policy changes in Internet Explorer 8. It's definitely worth a read: Group Policy Support Updated in IE8 The article is mainly tickler, but it links to the extremely interesting: Internet Explorer 8 Deployment Guide...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand...