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  • Blog Post: Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 3 of 3

    Mike here. It’s time we wrap up our discussion on managing power using Group Policy. The previous blog posts discussed managing power on Windows Vista (and Windows Server 2008). Today, I’ll cover how we can achieve the equivalent for Windows XP. The key to managing power on Windows XP...
  • Blog Post: Updated Group Policy Search service

    Mike here with an important service announcement.  In June of 2010, guest poster Kapil Mehra introduced the Group Policy Search service .  The Group Policy Search (GPS) service is a web application hosted on Windows Azure, which enables you to search for registry-based Group Policy settings...
  • Blog Post: Installing GPMC on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1

    Mike here again. For some time now, we’ve had inquiries about where the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is located in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1. It’s well documented that Server 2008 includes GPMC but, it does not appear in the administrative tools. The Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Group Policy Preferences

    Hi, Mike here. Have you ever wanted to map a drive for specific users at logon—without using a logon script? Have you ever wanted to change the local administrator’s password on all your client computers? Have you ever wanted to add items to a user’s Start menu? Now you can with Windows...
  • Blog Post: Target Group Policy Preferences by Container, not by Group

    Hello again AskDS readers, Mike here again. This post reflects on Group Policy Preference targeting items, specifically targeting by security groups. Targeting preference items by security groups is a bad idea. There is a better way that most environments can accomplish the same result, at a fraction...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Legal Notices to domain computers using Group Policy

    Hi, Mike again. Every so often, I’ll talk with a customer wanting to deploy a legal notice to their workstations using Group Policy. Sounds simple, right? Well, it is actually a little tricky to make the legal notice work correctly. Here is a solution that I share with customers that want to do...
  • Blog Post: Windows Logon Options in Vista/2008: Part Two of Two

    Mike here. Blog time again… Previously, I wrote about two of the policy settings under the computer configuration. Today, I’ll finish writing about the Windows Logon Options policy category by covering the remaining policy setting under the computer configuration and all of the policy settings...
  • Blog Post: Domain Locator Across a Forest Trust

    Rob and Mike here. We're asked, many times, why a user does not authenticate against a local domain controller in the same site when logging on across a forest. We've setup the most common scenario to help explain how domain locator works for user logons across a forest. Scenario Let's explain...
  • Blog Post: Security Policy Settings and User Account Control

    Hi, Mike here. This post was originally published in the Group Policy Team blog in September 2006—anticipating the launch of Windows Vista. Here it is again—refreshed—for the upcoming launch of Windows Server 2008. User Account Control in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista requires...
  • Blog Post: The Mouse Will Play

    Hey all, Ned here. Mike and I start teaching Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 DS internals this month in the US and UK and won’t be back until July. Until then, Jonathan is – I can’t believe I’m saying this – in charge of AskDS. He’ll field your questions and publish… stuff. We’ll make sure he takes...
  • Blog Post: Background uploading of User Registry Settings

    Hey everyone, Mike here again to discuss an interesting feature I learned about in Windows 7. Many Microsoft customers deploy Roaming User Profiles. In fact, many combine Roaming User profiles and Folder Redirection to get the best experience possible. However, one of the drawbacks with Roaming User...
  • Blog Post: FRS to DFSR Migration Tool Released

    Heya, Ned here again. I am out of my barrel and on the road again this week, coming to you live from Las Colinas Texas. As you may have noticed, I recently wrote a TechNet Whitepaper on how to migrate your old custom FRS data to DFSR. Hopefully that's been useful. In the meantime though, Mike Stephens...
  • Blog Post: Intermittent Mail Sack: Must Remember to Write 2013 Edition

    Hi all, Jonathan here again with the latest edition of the Intermittent Mail Sack. We've had some great questions over the last few weeks so I've got a lot of material to cover. This sack, we answer questions on: Issues upgrading DFSR hub servers to Windows Server 2012 AD FS Sign-out behavior...
  • Blog Post: Managing Power with Group Policy: Part 2 of 3

    Mike here. Last time, I introduce new Power Management policy settings included in Windows Vista. In the first of a three parts, I wrote about Button , Hard Disk , and Notification policy settings. Today, I continue to review Power Management by writing about Sleep and Video and Display power management...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 0.03 Centuries Old Today

    Three years ago today the AskDS site published its first post and had its first commenter . In the meantime we’ve created 455 articles and we’re now ranked 6th in all of TechNet’s blogs, behind AskPerf , Office2010 , MarkRussinovich , SBS , and HeyScriptingGuy . That’s a pretty amazing group to be lumped...
  • Blog Post: An old-new way to get Group Policy Results

    Hi, Mike again. Here is the scenario: you’re sitting in front of a workstation that has been diagnosed with a Group Policy problem. You scurry to a command prompt and type the ever familiar GPRESULT.EXE and redirect the output to a text file. Then, proceed to open the file in your favorite text editor...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Power Management and Group Policy Preferences

    Hi everyone, Mike here again to discuss a common scenario that generates calls to Microsoft. The scenario covers managing power on Windows XP client computers using Group Policy Preferences. Let’s cover how Windows XP manages power before we cover Group Policy Preferences Power Management. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Control Extended Protection for Authentication using Security Policy

    Mike here again. Microsoft has introduced additional security measures for authentication known as Extended Protection for Authentication , also known as channel binding token (CBT). Extended protection can cause a variety of interoperability issues including but not limited to: Windows clients...
  • Blog Post: AskDS is 12,614,400,000,000,000 shakes old

    It’s been four years and 591 posts since AskDS reached critical mass. You’d hope our party would look like this:  But it’s more likely to be: Without you, we’d be another of those sites that glow red hot, go supernova, then collapse into a white dwarf . We really appreciate your comments, questions...
  • Blog Post: Friday Mail Sack: It’s a Dog’s Life Edition

    Hi folks, Ned here again with some possibly interesting, occasionally entertaining, and always unsolicited Friday mail sack. This week we talk some: DNS partition absence Controlling DCDIAG event messaging Inventorying SYSVOL replication architecture Weird WMI DFSR volume paths Tightening...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Slow Link Detection using Windows Vista and later

    Mike here again. Many Group Policy features rely on a well connected network for their success. However, not every connection is perfect or ideal; some connections are slow. The Group Policy infrastructure has always provided functionality to detect slow links. However, the means by which Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: Let the Blogging begin…

    Hello AskDS Readers. Mike here again. If you notice, Ned posted one of our first Windows Server 2012 RTM blogs a while back ( Managing RID Issuance in Windows Server 2012 ). Yes friends, the gag order has been lifted and we are allowed to spout mountains of technical goodness about Windows Server 2012...
  • 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: What occurs when the Security Group Policy CSE encounters a null DACL

    Mike here. The Group Policy security client side extension can distribute security descriptors on files and registry keys. This extension is difficult to troubleshoot because it is considerably durable when it comes to failures. In most situations, it completes processing, but not without leaving behind...