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  • Blog Post: Do I need to update my server to support new policies? When do I need to separate policies?

    I just blogged about this very question over on my blog . Essentially the question we hear a lot is do I need to update Schema/Active Directory/Servers/functional modes etc to support a new client OS version. I wont revisit that Sometimes theres a need to separate policies for specific OS functions...
  • Blog Post: Extending Group Policy Preferences

    The Group Policy preference extension is designed to allow developers to extend the Application preference item. For those applications that are currently unsupported by Group Policy preferences, you can create your own property sheet extension for the Application preference item. And we have added...
  • Blog Post: 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.com/online/view.aspx?tid=d9c80bdd-2413-4ca3-8d61-cfccb9200f77...
  • Blog Post: 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 Policy team: Read it like this: I have a problem...
  • Blog Post: 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 to tweak how Group Policy gets applied. Questions...
  • Blog Post: PolicyMaker Preferences Migration tool

    To keep you in the loop, many of you have asked whether we intend to provide support for PolicyMaker Preferences and migrate to Windows Server 2008's Group Policy Preferences. I can confirm we are currently testing a tool that will be able to perform this migration. We are pleased with the quality...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1

    Now available, Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is the collection of Windows Server management tools provided to enable IT professionals to manage their Windows Server infrastructure from their computers running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. RSAT is available as a separate download rather...
  • Blog Post: Passwords in Group Policy Preferences (updated)

    Have you ever wanted to configure a preference item to include a specific user name and password? You can do so in several types of preference items, but you should first consider the security ramifications of embedding a user name and password in a preference item. Are passwords in preference items...
  • Blog Post: Drive Mappings in Logon Scripts not working correctly

    Awhile ago we had a customer call come in. The customer had a major problem in Windows Server 2008. When they tried to map drives through a script it didnt work. The customer had initially applied a Login script as a start up script and then changed the GPO settings to a login script under User Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Restoring Default Domain Policies and SYSVOL to their defaults

    We have stated a number of times through a number of forums that its not a great practice to muck around with the Default Domain Policy and the Default Domain Controllers Policy. In fact its actually a really bad practice...same goes with the SYSVOL. Just dont screw around with it. We recommend if...
  • Blog Post: More on searching group policy

    Here’s a quick follow-up to our last post on the existence of GPO search . One of our MVPs, Alan, has a great post up about a Group Policy Search webapp (Previously mentioned on this blog ). It includes instructions on how to install a Windows Search connector – so you can use this search...
  • Blog Post: 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 fantastic MVPs! Jeremy also walks you through...
  • Blog Post: Get GPO Backup with Powershell

    Jeff Hicks, one of Microsoft’s Powershell MVPs, has written a great script for managing GPO backups : The GroupPolicy module from Microsoft offers a great deal of functionality from a command line. In terms of regular maintenance or administration it is pretty hard to beat, especially if you have 100s...
  • Blog Post: Advanced Group Policy Management 3.0 RTM's!

    As noted on the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) blog announcing the latest MDOP release, AGPM 3.0 has RTM'd. For those customers licensed for MDOP, this means you'll have it in your hands around the first week of October 2008 via the MVLS site . New features in AGPM 3.0 are: ...
  • Blog Post: Manage your existing Windows systems with Group Policy Preference client side extensions.

    These are some serious toys delivering a large punch of power from the suite formerly known as PolicyMaker. You don't need to have Windows Server 2008 or Vista SP1 to use the tools -- now called Group Policy preferences. They include more than 20 new Group Policy client-side extensions, expanding the...
  • Blog Post: Passwords in Group Policy Preferences

    Have you ever wanted to configure a preference item to include a specific user name and password? You can do so in several types of preference items, but you should first consider the security ramifications of embedding a user name and password in a preference item. Are passwords in preference items...