Hello AskPerf! Harshad Joshi here from the Performance team. Today we are going to talk about changing the “Region and Language” settings for all users at once. Typically, you change these settings on a per user basis. Well, we had a customer call in asking how they could change these settings for all users/computers on their domain. After a little digging, we walked him through the following actions of using Group Policy Preferences to push out the required settings to these machines:
For this example, we will use the “English (Canada)” format, and link this policy to all computers in the domain.
To use Group Policy Preferences (GPP), a Domain controller running Windows Server 2008 or windows Server 2008 R2 OS is required. For Windows 2003 Servers, you can use the GPP Client Side Extensions per KB943729.
1. Launch Group Policy Management Console (gmpc.msc)
2. Right click Default Domain Policy and select Edit to open Group Policy Management Editor
3. In Group Policy Management Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry:
4. Right Click on Registry > New > Collection Item
5. Give your collection a name
6. Right Click on this Registry Item > New > Registry Wizard
7. Select Local Computer and click Next
8. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > International
9. Select the below registry items under this registry key:
You’ll see something similar to the following:
Link this to the Default Domain Policy. Your computers will receive these changes the next time they update their policies.
Good morning AskPerf! Madhurjya here from the Windows Performance Team to alert you on an emerging issue where random MMC snap-ins will fail after installing the June 2012 .NET updates.
After installing these .NET updates on a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2/SP1 machine, certain snap-ins will fail. Most notably, the Server Manager and Event Viewer snap-ins. The following errors will be displayed when you try and open these:
If you are receiving these errors, please install one of the following hotfixes for .NET Framework:
Hotfix Rollup 2688729 is available for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows 7 or on Windows Server 2008 R2
Hotfix Rollup 2688730 is available for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows 7 SP1 or on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
As a note, we have not seen this issue with 32-bit snap-ins. To confirm this, you can launch 32-bit snap-ins with the following syntax:
mmc.exe /32 snap-in.msc
If the above hotfix does not resolve your issue, please open up a case with Microsoft Technical Support to further troubleshoot your issue.
Have a great weekend!
Hello AskPerf! Today is an exciting day as we have released both Windows 8 and Server 2012 to manufacturing! Please read Steven Sinofsky's and Jeffrey Snover’s blog posts below:
Releasing Windows 8 – August 1, 2012
Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!
For our AskPerf Blog readers, we will be publishing a series of blog posts on Windows 8 / Server 2012 closer to general availability toward the end of October. More information will be posted here when available.