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  • Blog Post: Group Policy Preferences: Deploy Printer Settings

    We received an email from Daniel today. He’s done a great blog post on how to use Group Policy Preferences to deploy printer settings to workstations. I'm sure Lilia is with me on this though: we can think of plenty more reasons than just one to use GP Preferences :) The pain of manual configuration...
  • Blog Post: Check a setting in all GPO's continued (scripts, firewall, GP Preferences and more)

    I mentioned this in the last post, here are some more examples. To download the script, check the 'Attachments' link by clicking on this post's title and then scrolling to the bottom. Quick refresher: This script’s usage is as follows: SearchGPOsForSetting.ps1 [–IsComputerConfiguration] <Boolean>...
  • 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: 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: 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: AGPM 3.0 doesnt preserve all the Deny ACEs

    We had a great customer question today on AGPM 3.0 that would probably interest quite a few of you using AGPM. "...A customer imports some GPOs [into AGPM] in order to change control them. Some of the GPOs have Deny permission for particular users’ that have administrative rights or similar. After...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Preferences Not Applying on Some Clients: Client-Side Extension, XMLLite

    Group Policy Preferences quick tip: To ensure that preferences are applied to clients, make sure that clients have the CSEs and XMLLite installed If you’re like us, you’re seriously excited about Group Policy Preferences. You’re excited because you can’t wait to save yourself scripting time, and to...
  • 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: Wunderbar! Perfetto! Maravilloso! Prachtig!

    Molto faboloso! As of this morning, the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) pack is available for download in the following languages, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Language Code X86 X64 Chinese - Hong-Kong zh-HK Chinese ...
  • Blog Post: Security Filtering, WMI Filtering, and Item-level Targeting in Group Policy Preferences

    Hi, I’m Florian, one of the Group Policy MVPs . You may know us MVPs from conferences, seminars, books, Newsgroups and Forums where we voluntarily provide help and guidance to Group Policy and its associated products. Today, I’d like to write about a feature in Group Policy Preferences you could find...
  • Blog Post: Search GPO : How to find a Group Policy Object

    It’s interesting what you can discover when you right-click on something. For example, in the Group Policy Management Console (the GPMC) you can right-click on a domain and select “Search”, and a this amazing tool presents itself. This handy search tool is available with Windows Server 2003+ (if you...
  • 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: SYSVOL migration from File Replication Services (FRS) to Distributed File System Replication (DFSR)

    It’s come to my attention (in a blunt object kind of way) that you’ve been waiting to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7, bypassing Windows Vista. In case you’ve done the same with your servers, you’ve got some fun work coming up (but lots of cool features, so it’s more than worth it). Here’s a cool...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Troubleshooting – helpful Event log categories

    As many of you know Group Policy troubleshooting can be a bit of a challenge. If you have not made use of the Group Policy operational logs that were introduced in Windows Vista, you are missing out on an extremely handy troubleshooting tool. On any Vista or newer system, open the event viewer (eventvwr...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Forum up on TechNet for Windows Server 2008/Vista topics

    There's a cool new forum on TechNet for Windows Server 2008/Vista Group Policy topics: http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=2023&SiteID=17 There has already been some discussion, check it out!