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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: Where Is “Logon Using Dial-Up Connections” in Windows Vista?

    I was thinking about my next blog entry a few weeks back. My research took me through various Web sites, message threads, and articles. Naturally, I wanted something not only pertinent to Group Policy, but also exciting and new (to quote the Love Boat theme song) to many in GP Land. It then came to me...
  • Blog Post: More Control over the Event Logging service

    Ok, its time for another update in the continuous saga of new Group Policy settings included with Windows Vista. This week I am going to focus on policy settings for the Event Logging Service. For clarity, these settings control the Event Logging service; the service responsible for capturing and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Logon Options: Part Two of Two

    Blog time again.. Previously, I wrote about two of the policy settings under the computer configuration. Today, I finish writing about the Windows Logon Options policy category by covering the remaining policy setting under the computer configuration and all of the policy settings under the user configuration...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy Management Console Sample Scripts

    The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive set of COM interfaces that you can use to script many of the operations supported by the console. This download contains a set of sample scripts that make use of these interfaces. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId...
  • 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: Announcing ADMX Migrator

    It's been a great few days here at Microsoft, what with Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Vista and Zune all being released! After a long (loooonnnngg) road, we on the Group Policy team are very excited to see how customers benefit from the fruits of our labors as they deploy Windows Vista. Business customers...
  • Blog Post: User Profile Policies in Windows Vista

    Last week, I introduced explain text and User Account Control policies; which are two new features with Security Policy in Windows Vista. I decided this week to keep it brief (or at least try). This week, I will introduce new policy settings for User Profiles. Windows Vista made numerous changes...
  • Blog Post: Security Policy Settings and User Account Control

    Last week I finished my ramblings about Power Management and Group Policy. I decided to change this week’s discussion…sort of. My earlier blogs were about new registry-based policy settings. However, this week I want to focus on security policy settings, specifically security policy settings regarding...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP: Don't Forget About Me...

    I have two (wonderful) daughters and, like most parents, my wife and I regularly face little sibling wars. Our youngest daughter, in particular, is an absolute delight but has - how can I say - a "strong personality". Now, I don't know if there is any science behind this (and it's certainly not the basis...
  • Blog Post: Setting Default Registry Key Values using Custom ADM Files (Part 1 of 2)

    I’d like to give a big shout out to Sean Gallinetti for providing the custom ADM example files. One use of creating and setting the default value of a registry key is creating the list of blocked and allowed cookies to configure the per site privacy actions for the Internet Explorer options. The...
  • 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: 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: Windows Defender: Part Two of Two

    It has been a while since my last blog. I figure after shipping Windows Vista, a week of vacation, and two winter snowstorms that I should get back to updating the blog. So, lets wrap up the four remaining computer policy settings for Windows Defender. Two of the remaining four policy settings allow...
  • Blog Post: Vista has the Power: Part One of Two

    Vista has the Power: Part 1 of 2 Last week I wrote about the policy settings that you use to control the Event Logging service. As promised, this week we move to the wonderful world of policy controlled Power Management. Windows Vista provides a tremendous amount of power management support...
  • 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: 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: 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: 2007 Office System Administrative Templates

    News from the Office 2007 team!!!! The 2007 Office System Administrative Template is available. This download includes: The updated Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM files) The updated Office Customization Tool (OCT) The updated Office customization tool OPA files ADMX and...
  • Blog Post: To USB or not to USB: Removable Storage, Group Policy and Windows Vista

    I was thinking this past weekend on what exactly should I blog, specifically what about Group Policy. It occurred to me, we have a many new policy settings shipping with Windows Vista. There are too many to list individually so I decide the blog would be a perfect way to introduce the new policy settings...