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  • Blog Post: Installing Office 2007 using Group Policy Software Installation

    Hey Group Policy Advocates! The Office team published a great “how to” on installing Office 2007 using Group Policy. The Office 2007 Resource Kit includes this documentation. You can view it online at the Microsoft TechNet site. Here’s a direct link http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office...
  • Blog Post: Where's our stuff? The story of our invisible documents...

    We have a lot of great Group Policy docs out there - and many have been there for a loooonnnng time. But we can probably do a better job on the discoverability front! I've presented at TechEd for the last few years and like to take a pulse of whether people know about the documentation efforts we have...
  • 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: New! Windows PowerShell Help on TechNet

    I know there's a lot of interest around Windows PowerShell. Here's some information you might be interested in as a Group Policy Administrator: A TechNet magazine article entitled, "Simplify Group Policy Administration with Windows PowerShell" by Thorbjörn Sjövold was published this past May. If...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting: Quick Fixes

    Everyone has their own troubleshooting quick checks; here are some that you may know well, and others you haven’t tried yet. Logon/Logoff Some policies applied only after the second logon, not after the first logon. What’s the deal? Anything that is set to run synchronously won’t run until...
  • Blog Post: Customs Check-- Importing and Exporting WMI Filters

    Hi GP fanatics, Did you know that you can import/export WMI filters using GPMC? Yes, you can; however, you must do it one filter at a time. You export each filter to a single .mof file. You can then take this .mof file to a new or different domain, use GPMC, and import each file. This is great...
  • Blog Post: ADM Files available for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows and PowerShell for Windows

    Great News. The Group Policy team has published installation packages that distribute ADM files (below) for use with Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1. Administrative Templates for Internet Explorer 7 for Windows Download from: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=77998 Administrative...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Videos

    We've got two new videos for you! The TechNet guys dropped by to ask Lilia some questions (always a good idea, in my opinion), and in return she dropped some knowledge. http://edge.technet.com/Media/Group-Policy-Search-with-Lilia/ - Did you know about the search dialogue box in the Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: GP Technet home page receives facelift and new settings reference released!

    Hey Group Policy gurus, On Friday May 4th, the Group Policy team removed the curtain off the new Group Policy home page. The new home page, found at http://www.microsoft.com/grouppolicy , has various Group Policy resources, which span across multiple version of Windows. So, check it out and fill our...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Log View tool posted

    We are on a bit of a roll! We have recently released the ADMX Migrator, the Windows Vista version of the Group Police Reference Spreadsheet and the ADM files for IE 7 and Powershell. Next up is a new tool for Windows Vista related to Group Policy events. As you may know, we made significant modifications...
  • Blog Post: New Group Policy posts to the Microsoft Download Center

    Great News. The Group Policy team has published new packages to the Download Center. ADMX Sample files ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=86092 ) Overview This download provides two sets of sample files, created in the ADM and ADMX formats. Example 1 provides the simplest policy setting...
  • Blog Post: New Group Policy, Folder Redirection, and Profiles Documentation

    We released new documentation on Group Policy, Folder Redirection, and User Profiles. Also, we released a spreadsheet that includes Group Policy settings from Windows Vista Beta 2 and we are working on a RC1 version. Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Multiple Local Group Policy This guide introduces...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista RC1, my TechEd Presentation and the Wiki...

    Windows Vista RC1 is done and it's looking pretty darn spiffy! I have to say that the progress in the past month or so - particularly in terms of performance - has been tremendous. Obviously I use Windows Vista on my regular machines at work but over the weekend I also installed RC1 at home - so my family...
  • Blog Post: GPLogView Source Project

    The Group Policy team is happy to it has released the source code for the GPLogView utility. The Group Policy Log view tool reports of all events for a particular policy processing cycle. It supports output formats of XML, HTML, and text and as the ability to parse exported logs from remote computers...
  • Blog Post: Comparing ADMX files

    Moving to an XML-based file format makes comparing custom files easy. I'm going to describe how to use XML Notepad 2007 to do just that! I'll use the example1_singlepolicysetting.admx to demonstrate comparing two ADMX files. You can download this file from the Group Policy Sample ADXM files ( http...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer is now available for download

    Have you ever wished for a tool to help you identify Group Policy configuration problems…even those that, at first glance, might not seem to be related to Group Policy? How about a tool that can warn you if your Group Policy configuration might pose a security risk? The Group Policy Diagnostic...