Source code for New and Updated Local Group Policy utilities

Visual Studio 2008 source and project files for the new ImportRegPol utility and the updated Set_FDCC_LGPO and Apply_LGPO_Delta utilities for managing Local Group Policy Objects. Note that these are all now Visual Studio 2008 projects. [Update Jan 15 2010:  new versions released — see the LGPO Utilities page]

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New and Updated Local Group Policy Utilities

A customer requested an addition to the local group policy toolset posted on the FDCC blog.  While working on the new utility, I needed to upgrade the other two.  The full set is attached to this post, with documentation.  The source code for all of them is attached to a separate post. The new utility,…


FDCC Vista Application Development Requirements

Overview NOTE: This entry only focuses on the Windows Vista version of the FDCC and desktop applications. Since its infancy, common themes have emerged which have delayed or prevented enterprise customers from deploying the FDCC. By the 80/20 rule, the two most common problems, in order, are: 1. Data and Settings Management 2. Application Installation…


FDCC and Internet Explorer 7, Part 3 – Protected Mode

This is the [long-delayed] third installment in a series discussing various issues regarding the intersection of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC). The FDCC bears close resemblance to Microsoft’s security guidance for Windows XP and Windows Vista, so this series will be of interest to any customers who are locking…


Set_FDCC_LGPO.exe v1.06, Visual C++ project sources

Visual Studio 2005 project files and source code for Set_FDCC_LGPO.exe v1.06 is attached to this blog post. [Removed, as a newer version is available — bookmark the landing page for the most up-to-date-links.]

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Set_FDCC_LGPO updated: v1.06

Set_FDCC_LGPO has been updated to reflect the updated GPO content on NIST’s download page.  The FDCC settings have not changed.  The updates contain only corrections to the downloads to more closely adhere to the FDCC settings. The updated Set_FDCC_LGPO is attached to this blog post.  (This time I also remembered to include the readme.htm in…

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Apply_LGPO_Delta v1.01, source code

Visual Studio 2005 project and source code files for Apply_LGPO_Delta v1.01 is attached to this blog post. [Attachment removed, as a newer version is available — bookmark the landing page for the most up-to-date-links.]

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Apply_LGPO_Delta updated, v1.01

Apply_LGPO_Delta is a utility for automating the management of local group policy — administrative templates and security templates.  First posted here, it has been updated with the same fix that was applied to Set_FDCC_LGPO to prevent the 0x80070020 sharing-violation error from occurring. Documentation is in the download.  The sample starter files have been updated, including…

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Set_FDCC_LGPO.exe v1.05, source code

Visual Studio 2005 project files and source code for Set_FDCC_LGPO.exe v1.05 is attached to this blog post. (This blog doesn’t support multiple file attachments per post…) [Attachment removed, as a newer version is available — bookmark the landing page for the most up-to-date-links.]

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Set_FDCC_LGPO updated: v1.05

[2009-04-15:  Attachment removed.  Bookmark this page for the latest versions of these utilities.]  The utility for applying FDCC configuration settings en masse to a computer has been updated: The 0x80070020 sharing-violation error code that occasionally occurred appears to be due to contention over the registry.pol files between Set_FDCC_LGPO (which is writing to them) and winlogon.exe, which is reading…

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