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  • Scripts I Mentioned

    Hey everyone at MMS (or TechReady, or anywhere for that matter) If you've followed my advice and you're checking the blog, here's a neat little present for you! Did someone make 1000 GPO's with the word 'test' in them just to test out some sweet...
  • WMI Filter Friday

    It’s Friday and it’s sunny in my neighborhood, which means it is blog posting time! Let’s talk about WMI filters today, shall we? If I have WMI Filters and Group Policy Preferences targeting, do they cancel out? Does one have precedence? Will the world...
  • Visual C# Samples Using the GPMC Class Library Published!

    We're pleased to inform that four new Visual C# samples have been published to the MSDN Library that demonstrate using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) Class Library to perform some basic GP tasks. Note that all samples include step-by-step...
  • Troubleshooting Group Policy

    Troubleshooting Group Policy can be a pain. I agree. When I try out new awesome Group Policy Preferences, or I experiment with the GP cmdlets, I am sometimes stumped. Here's what we do when we are troubleshooting our own test environments on the Group...
  • GP Editorial: Group Policy Best Practices

    Lots of people ask the Group Policy Team: What are the best settings to configure? What is the most secure GPO we can deploy? I've been talking about this a lot with the Group Policy customer support folks, and the topic resulted in the following editorial...
  • Tales from the Community: How do I deploy Windows 7 policy settings

    From the Newsgroups: "Hi! In order to use all of windows 7 AD Policies you need to be running Windows Server 2008 R2?Can i get a list of Group Policies that i cannot be leveraging when a windows 7 client is in a windows 2003 domain? ...
  • Tales from the Community: Enforced vs. Block Inheritance

    From the Group Policy TechNet Forum, featuring Florian, ever-helpful Group Policy MVP: Hi What is the difference between “no-override” and “block policy inheritance” in group policy option? Regards M. Hey M.! It looks like you’re trying...
  • How to Install GPMC on Server 2008, 2008 R2, and Windows 7 (via RSAT)

    Happy Holidays! http://www.youtube.com/user/jeremymoskowitz#p/u/0/UsYkbLzVsM8 This is the Group Policy present you've been asking for : a step by step video of how to install the GPMC using a GUI or a commandline from Jeremy Moskowitz, one of our...
  • TechEd Australia 2009 talks published

    If you couldn't make it to the TechEd Australia 2009 conference in the Gold Coast, you missed a lot of great presentations! Luckily, they were recorded and published here: What’s new in Win7/Server 2008 R2 (Gutnik) SRV310 http://www.msteched...
  • Why didn't my Group Policy settings apply?

    Here’s a brief summary of everything you need to know about the way Group Policy applies, care of Florian, the always helpful Group Policy MVP. Florian Frommherz is a systems engineer from Germany working in Switzerland. Specialized in Windows environments...
  • Reposted : 5 Group Policy Myths

    I wish I had written this myself. Please read this: http://blogcastrepository.com/blogs/skatterbrainz/archive/2008/12/07/5-group-policy-myths.aspx In it, he dispels the following myths: 1 - Group Policy is Hype 2 - Group Policy will Break...
  • Group Policy Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell Released!

    In a previous post, Lilia wrote an Introduction to Windows PowerShell Cmdlets in Windows 7 . Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting language that helps IT professionals achieve greater productivity and control system administration more...
  • Group Policy Preferences : Colorful and Mysteriously Powerful, just like Windows 7

    How could something like CRUD be desirable? In Group Policy world, even the impossible becomes possible. In this entry, you’ll discover why Red does not mean Error and what the different colors mean when you make a Preference item. Read on! Let’s talk...
  • Cross post: Terminal Server 2003 issues with Group Policy Preferences History Folder

    I blogged on my blog today an article on Windows 2003 Terminal Servers and Group Policy Preferences issues with History folders. In the article I discuss why this occurs and what we have done about it. Over to there... Michael Kleef, Program Manager
  • Windows 7 - Do I need to change my Active Directory for new Group Policy features?

    Now that you’ve obviously purchased, installed, and started playing with your Windows 7 client, you’re probably fantasizing about all the great things that will happen to your environment when you upgrade all of the machines in your site / OU / domain...
  • Group Policy Changes in Windows XP SP3

    Im seeing tons of people on forums trying to find the Group Policy Changes in XP SP3 and Windows 7. It seems that both Google and Bing dont return the relevant results if you search for “Group Policy Changes XP SP3” because of all the noise of people...
  • TechEd Europe - Windows Server 2008 R2 GP Changes Session

    I mentioned previously that I might be attending TechEd Europe this year to present on Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy changes. Well its confirmed. I am definitely coming! (Yeah!!) So I started to think about what you might like to see from my...
  • Managing Power with Group Policy Preferences: TechEd Online Video

    We've mentioned managing power a couple times here on the blog, including a brief introduction and a detailed step-by-step walk through by Alan Burchill (shows how to configure power options that consider Business Hours vs . Off Hours using Group Policy...
  • Interested in managing desktops with an online service? Get in on the private beta!

    Want to test out and use new bits for Microsoft’s new hosted management service? A good friend to the Group Policy team is the System Center Online team, who announced the first version of their product at MMS 2009 . They are looking for qualified customers...
  • AGPM: GPLinks are being destroyed each time I deploy

    A customer reported an issue to me recently where the customer reported that when using AGPM 3.0, each time they deployed out to production, their GPLinks were being destroyed. Why is this occurring? What’s probably relevant here is to outline what...
  • Configuring a Power Plan with Group Policy Preferences (by Alan Burchill)

    Alan and I had a great time presenting about Group Policy Preferences at TechEd Australia a few weeks ago. He did a quick demo in our session about configuring Power Schemes; here's the breakdown in more detail. He captures the idea of targeting power...
  • AGPM 4.0 to be released in October

    As part of the official announcement on the MDOP blog , Advanced Group Policy Management 4.0 (AGPM) will be releasing in October to customers. With this release we had strong feedback on two main areas of improvement and an additional area that improves...
  • Group Policy Preferences Client-Side Extension Hotfix Rollup Released

    Quick note to let you all know that today we released a GPP update hotfix. We do plan to have this released to Windows Update also and the Download Center though for now you can get it from Microsoft Product Support . A quick note too - when you go...
  • Migration Tables do not work with Group Policy Preferences

    We have had an issue raised to us about Migration Tables and GPP that we wanted to take a moment to clarify. What are Migration Tables you might ask? GPMC provides a mechanism for Importing and Exporting policies. This is especially useful for moving...
  • Fun with Security Settings

    LiliaG: Reporting from Australia (TechEd Australia 2009) Almost everyone at the Brisbane User Infrastructure Group last night said their biggest priority with Group Policy is security settings. Box office ratings will have my believe that wizards are...