Configuration Management on Servers

Nano Server is a remotely administered headless server operating system optimized for private clouds and datacenters. Nano Server is significantly physically smaller than Server Core, has no local logon capability and only supports 64-bit applications, tools and agents. As we prepare to release Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5, I wanted to provide more information…


Modern Windows Management

  The Intune blog has a new post, “The Path to Modernizing Windows Management“. It discusses the various options available to administrators when it comes to managing Windows 10 devices. Although there are many new options, technologies like Group Policy continue to be relevant: Many organizations still need to manage domain joined computers at a…

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GP MVP Activity

We already talked about Darren’s tool to investigate Group Policy performance, so here’s what some other GP MVPs are up to:   Jeremy Moskowitz blogs about how to use his product, PolicyPak, to disable various 3rd party software through Group Policy. Derek Melber has launched a new site, http://auditingwindowsexpert.com/. Alan Burchill has written best practice…

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Group Policy and Logon Impact

You can make decisions as you design and deploy your Group Policy Objects (GPOs) that will have an impact on how quickly your Windows desktops start and become usable to your users. Some of these decisions are obvious, while many are not. This post will guide you through some of the ways Group Policy can…

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Group Policy Deployment: Core Network Companion Guide

We have a new document in our technet library. The Core Network Companion Guide has a section specifically about Group Policy Deployment. Check it out! Or just take a look at James McIllece’s blog post summarizing the deployment guide companion.

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Listing Disabled GPOs in a Forest

This blog post is written by Judith, our technical writer, and based on an old blog post by Jeffrey Snover. (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2007/01/11/sorting-out-groupby.aspx) Jeffrey wrote a piece that showed how to sort system services with the Format-Table (ft) cmdlet and the –GroupBy parameter. This is one of those tidbits that when I come across them I wonder…

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Group Policy in Windows Server 2012: Infrastructure Status

  You may be asking yourself, “What does infrastructure status have to do with Group Policy”. Well, group policy depends on other technologies to ensure that policy settings are replicated throughout your environment so that end users / computers will get the settings that you configure. And when you’ve run into problems you start wondering:…

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Group Policy in Windows Server 2012: Results Report Improvements

  Another change we made in Windows Server 2012 is in the Resultant Set of Policy reports. In previous versions of Server, you had to look at the results report, and the event log, and the tracing logs to find all the information you needed about why policy did or did not apply. Now, we’ve…

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Group Policy in Windows Server 2012: Using Remote GPUpdate

Group Policy in Windows Server 2012: Using Remote GPUpdate If someone calls to say their computer doesn’t work quite right, the first thing you might have them do is run gpupdate /force to ensure they have the latest policy applied to their system. Now, you have the power to reach out and force a gpupdate…

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Group Policy in Windows Server 2012: Overview

Now that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have been released, we’d like to share with you some of the exciting enhancements that we’ve added for Group Policy. While we hear plenty of great things from people who use Group Policy, we also hear complaints. By far the largest complaint we hear about Group Policy…

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