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  • Blog Post: Security baselines for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11

    Although the US Government has not published a US Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB) standard for Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, Microsoft has just published a beta release of Microsoft security guidance for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11 . It includes documentation, GPOs...
  • Blog Post: Source code for New and Updated Local Group Policy utilities

    Visual Studio 2008 source and project files for the new ImportRegPol utility and the updated Set_FDCC_LGPO and Apply_LGPO_Delta utilities for managing Local Group Policy Objects. Note that these are all now Visual Studio 2008 projects. [Update Jan 15 2010: new versions released -- see the LGPO...
  • Blog Post: Update: Importing FDCC Group Policy Objects Script Error Resolved

    Author: Joel Yoker, Principal Consultant A reader recently sent in a question about the GPO Import script and a syntax error they received at line 356. We were able to reproduce the error and it appears to be a "cut and paste" error between the blog post and Notepad. It appears that that carriage...
  • Blog Post: New and Updated Local Group Policy Utilities

    A customer requested an addition to the local group policy toolset posted on the FDCC blog . While working on the new utility, I needed to upgrade the other two. The full set is attached to this post, with documentation. The source code for all of them is attached to a separate post . The new utility...
  • Blog Post: Set_FDCC_LGPO for Windows 7…

    … is not needed and will not be created. I had kind of blogged about this a while back but it was hidden under a more general title, so the question about Set_FDCC_LGPO on Windows 7 continues to get asked. This post offers another easy and flexible way for you to apply NIST’s GPOs and any...
  • Blog Post: FDCC is now USGCB

    Along with the release of official government guidance for Windows 7, NIST has rebranded the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC) as the United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB). NIST's spreadsheets, Group Policy Objects (GPOs) and virtual hard disks (VHDs) for Windows 7 can be downloaded...
  • Blog Post: Script a Custom Power Management Policy

    Author: Paul Fox, Senior Consultant Scenario : A customer wants a custom power plan for their laptop images. This is a frequent request to meet new Green initiatives in Federal and State governments. Here are the steps to incorporate a scripted power configuration. The resulting install.cmd...
  • Blog Post: Importing FDCC Group Policy Objects

    This post authored by Joel Yoker, a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Federal... As the February deadline approaches for the implementation of FDCC settings approaches, management of the FDCC Group Policy Objects (GPOs) is a common question Federal IT professionals (IT Pros) have today. FDCC...
  • Blog Post: Updated LGPO utility sources

    The updated sources corresponding to the updated versions of the Apply_LGPO_Delta and ImportRegPol utilities are attached to this post.
  • Blog Post: Sample Files for Apply_LGPO_Delta

    Apply_LGPO_Delta used to come with a bunch of sample files to address some common needs for policy adjustment, as well as a batch file to run Set_FDCC_LGPO and Apply_LGPO_Delta in sequence. Those samples inadvertently got omitted from an upload at one point. I've updated those sample files and added...
  • Blog Post: Apply_LGPO_Delta and ImportRegPol updated

    I discovered an “unintended feature” in the Apply_LGPO_Delta and ImportRegPol utilities, which I have fixed in the versions now posted to the LGPO Utilities page . The “feature” (OK, the “bug”) allowed commands to set a registry value and to delete that registry value not to overwrite each other in the...