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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: 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 asking where they are… So for your enjoyment they...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Custom ADM for setting the default value of a registry key (Part 2 of 2)

    Part 1 of this topic provided two ADM file examples to show how to create and set the default value of a registry key to block or allow cookies for Internet Explorer. In the Part 1 examples, the policy settings allowed or blocked cookies depending on the enabled or disabled state of each policy setting...
  • 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: Are You Waiting for Office 2007 System ADMX Files?

    Office 2007 System Administrative Templates (ADM) files are currently available for download at the following location. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=78161 And everyone is asking, but where's the ADMX versions? Help, I want to administer Office 2007 from my Windows Vista machine. To be...
  • 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...
  • 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...