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The Group Policy Client Service in Windows 8

I saw a thread on the Microsoft TechNet forums yesterday that prompted me to write a quick post about this behavior change for the Group Policy client service in Windows 8.  In order to live in a world of new Windows 8 devices that use less power or may be on all the time (e.g. Microsoft Surface or similar tablets) Windows 8 in general has been optimized to use less resources, especially when…

What’s New in Group Policy in Server 2012

Hi Folks. Just a quick note to let you know that I just posted a little article on the Microsoft MSDN blog site with a review of the big changes for Group Policy in Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8). Hopefully it provides some useful insight into what is coming for GP in this new Windows…

GPMC PowerShell Cmdlets Updated!

Thanks to a thread on our GPOGUY.COM GPTalk Mailing list, I decided it was time to crack open our GPMC PowerShell module and make a couple of updates. The most significant of these is two new cmdlets:

Get-SDMGPOOwner

Set-SDMGPOOwner

As the name implies, these two cmdlets let you retrieve and set the owner id (AD user or group) on a GPO. This is not something that is exposed in either t…

Join Group Policy MVP Darren Mar-Elia for Weekly Webinars on the GPO Reporting Pak

Here at SDM Software, we’re all about Group Policy, and enabling our customers to get more out of this great technology. To that end, we’re starting a weekly webinar series where you can listen to me talk about and demo our GPO Reporting Pak products–composed of GPO Compare and GPO Exporter– and talk about all the interesting Group Policy reporting, consolidation and optimization scenarios that…

Windows RT and Group Policy — Or Not

As you’ve probably heard, Microsoft new Windows RT (ARM-based) platform will be shipping soon (Microsoft’s own Surface will be the first incarnation of this), along with Windows 8 itself. And while I think Windows 8 will be a good touch platform (don’t ask me about it as a desktop/laptop OS), RT is sort of another thing entirely. Because its ARM-based, it won’t run your regular Windows apps, but…

Interesting “Bug” in GroupPolicy Folder Redirection results in lost data

One of the members of my gptalk mailing list posted this very informative email today regarding some issues he encountered with Folder Redirection. I figured it was worthwhile to re-post it here for everyone’s benefit. Hope everyone finds it useful!

 

Darren

 

Hi guys,

Been having an interesting time with Folder re-direction on Windows 2008 r2 so thought I’d share my…

Cleaning Group Policy When Removing a Machine from the Domain

Setting Block Inheritance on an OU

A recent thread on Mark Minasi’s forum site reminded me of a topic that comes up every once in a while–namely, how do you cleanly remove Group Policy settings from a machine that has been removed from an AD domain. The answer is to avoid the problem in the first place :). The challenge here is that, once a machine is removed from the domain, you don’t have any control over the policy settings…

Windows 8 Group Policy Settings: Blocking Connected Accounts

Whenever a new Windows OS ships, there’s always the inevitable period of discovery–especially for us Group Policy geeks–where we learn about all the new settings that come in GP, and how or whether we can control new OS features using Group Policy. Such was the case over the weekend when my good friend and fellow MVP Sander Berkouwer tweeted a question to me about how he could lock out the us…

Best Practices for Group Policy Design Talk — Slides Posted

Last Tuesday, I gave a talk locally in San Francisco at the Pacific IT Pros monthly meeting, on “Best Practices for Group Policy Design”. It was largely based on the talk I gave at TechEd 2012 this past June, related to how to make good decisions around your GPO deployments. For those that missed my talk last week, or just wanted to see the slides, I’m posting it here to…

Using Group Policy to Manage the Internet Explorer Popup Blocker Allow List

IE's Popup Blocker Configuration

A recent thread on the GPOGUY.COM GPTalk Mailing list prompted me to write about managing IE settings using Group Policy. In an article I wrote for Windows IT Pro Magazine in 2011, I talked about the various technologies in Group Policy that you can use to manage IE configuration. It’s definitely a mixed bag, with no less than 3 different policy areas that can be used, depending upon the setting…

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