Mark Empson's Global notepad

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Mark Empson's Global notepad

  • Where is the Group Policy CSE data stored?

    Hi all, Once of my colleagues asked me which Group Policy Client Side extensions (CSEs) get their Setting data in the Active Directory Group Policy Container (GPC) rather than SYSVOL's Group Policy Template (GPT). From my research into the inner...
  • Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

    have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute. Very frustrating. After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really...
  • RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn't install

    I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 and the installation didn't seem to do anything on my nice, Windows 8 OS. It is supposed to automatically install...
  • InfoPath and "Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005"

    Hi again, I was just installing a InfoPath related package for InfoPath 2013, on Windows 8 and I ran into the following error: Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005 no matter what I did, I could not seem...
  • Firewall ports for GPO remote update and RSOP reports

    Hello all again, Just to remind myself, in order to enable GPO remote updates and remote policy logging, the required inbound firewall rules that needed to be enabled on the client are: For remote policy updates Remote Scheduled Tasks Management...
  • Hidden Schedule tasks in Windows 8

    Hello again :) I was looking for those hidden group policy schedule tasks that are created in Windows 8/2012 recently. These tasks are the ones created to perform the routine Group Policy refresh updates and the administrator driven updates too (such...
  • Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn't create a new partition

    Hi all, Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!. This time its about Windows 8. I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate...
  • WMI filter woes

    Hi all, I just thought that I would finally post a little something about WQL (WMI Query Language) queries for Group Policies. It is regularly observed by most of my customers that examples of WMI queries for GPOs are found here: http://technet.microsoft...
  • RODC connection object is goes AWOL

    If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover it, taken from the Ask the Directory Services Team's Blog site ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/10/08/friday-mail-sack-cluedo-edition.aspx...
  • Poster Win 8 app, available now

    A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we used to have to print out on A3. If you’re running Windows 8, you can get it from the Windows Store here: http://aka.ms/sposterpedia ...
  • Network Location Awareness Service

    Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs Windows XP when relating to Group Policies. First some background. When Windows XP attempts to download its Group Policies, it performs a slow link test...
  • Event ID: 12294 Woes

    I came across this great error today at a customer site: Event Type: Error Event Source: SAM Event Category: None Event ID: 12294 Date: 3/3/2003 Time: 9:42:55 AM User: (USERNAME) Computer: (COMPUTERNAME) Description: The SAM database was unable to...
  • UserAccountControl flags

    I was messing today with a small script to read the UserAccountControl flags of an Active Directory domain's user account base, and was tryng to find the correct values that are present there. I ultimately stumbled upon a KB article http://support.microsoft...
  • WSUSScn2.CAB Manual download location

    When using MBSA in an offline mode, it is sometimes required to download the catalogue file manually (due to firewall restricitions on some PCs etc) The below link will enable you to download it. I hope you will find this useful as I can never remember...
  • Group Policy Client Side Extension List

    So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could not quite figure out all of the Client side extensions that were in use just by GUID. I was reviewing the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft...
  • Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

    If you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7. If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file...
  • ADPREP Challenges

    I had an interesting challenge last month and figured that this is a great one for my blog. Being based in England, I had never come across this issue before so it was very interesting. I arrived on a customer site to help perform a Windows Server...
  • Registry.pol fun

    Hi all, This month, I ran into an interesting challenge to do with group policies. Specifically, I was trying to figure out why a client was not getting a specific setting. While it is was the Group Policy Object (GPO) and it the version of the GPT...
  • GPMC Error

    Hi All, I have been working on some servers recently with my good friend Mohnish and we came across an interesting error with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) Service Pack 1 (specifically). It seems that every time the administrator tries...
  • Playing with NAP

    Hi all,       I have been playing with Network Access Protection (NAP) recently and have a few pointers that may help you all out :) Event ID 204 on the NAP server is raised when clients do not meet policy requirements Event ID...
  • Advanced Group Policy Management V3

    I was looking into AGPM v3 recently and thought that it would be good to put a reference to it on my Blog. The challenging thing is, this is a great tool but you have to know about it first to then realise it!. If you like Group Policies, then you...
  • Fine Grain Password Policies (FGPP)

    Hi, Having played with FGPP's recently at Teched, I figured that it would be good to publish the attributes that are required to create one and their value types. The attributes required for creating a fine grain password policy. msDS-PasswordSettingsPrecendence...
  • Installing WSUS nightmares!

    Hi, I was installing WSUS v3.1.6001.65 and the installation kept failing just as it was copying files, the error I was getting was quite a strange one in the installation logs: An exception occurred during the Install phase. System.FormatException...
  • RDP Ports

    Hi all, I know this is an old tip but I needed it last week and figured that I should keep it on my blog. I was trying to change the default port of my terminal services so that I could make it a little harder for my users if they try and bypass my web...
  • Sponsor Jane Lewis

    Hi all, My good friend and colleague Jane is off to Madagascar for a charity cycle ride, please support here by clicking on the following link: https://secure.justgiving.com/rss/GetFundraisingBadge.asp?eventgivinggroupid=1336885&from=UKSponsorExit...