‘Tis the Season to read about Group Policy

For those of you gearing up for a new year of administering Group Policy, here’s some links to articles and blogs that cover different aspects of Group Policy. Some of these blogs do not have Group Policy as the main focus, but Group Policy touches on so many areas these blogs give different viewpoints for…


New! Windows PowerShell Help on TechNet

I know there’s a lot of interest around Windows PowerShell. Here’s some information you might be interested in as a Group Policy Administrator: A TechNet magazine article entitled, “Simplify Group Policy Administration with Windows PowerShell” by Thorbjörn Sjövold was published this past May. If you missed it you can read it here, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/05/GroupPolicy/default.aspx SDM Software…


Understanding the GPO version number

If you’ve ever poked around to look at the raw GPO version number, you’ve probably wondered why is the number so huge and how does it get displayed as a much smaller value when you view the version number using GPMC. Let’s look at the simplest example which is the version number for the Local…


Group Policy preferences announced at IT Forum

At IT Forum in Barcelona, Microsoft publicly announced the upcoming releases of Group Policy preferences and Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). Where Group Policy preferences will be included Group Policy preferences, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and PolicyMaker Share Manager, will be available to Microsoft customers in two ways. Preference extensions for creating and managing…


Downloads: Two new overview white papers now available

Check out these two new overview white papers, published this week in the Microsoft Download Center: Advanced Group Policy Management Overview Group Policy Preferences Overview Craig  


Updated version of ADMX Migrator tool available

Version 1.2 includes: (1) Enhancements and bug fixes to support a wider range of ADM templates for conversion to ADMX.(2) Enhancements to code and documentation for conversion error reporting and warnings.(3) Improved handling of internationalized ADMX templates. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0f1eec3d-10c4-4b5f-9625-97c2f731090c&displaylang=en David Power – Program Manager


2007 Office System Administrative Templates

News from the Office 2007 team!!!! The 2007 Office System Administrative Template is available. This download includes: The updated Group Policy Administrative Template files (ADM files) The updated Office Customization Tool (OCT) The updated Office customization tool OPA files ADMX and ADML versions of the 2007 Microsoft Office system Administrative Template files for Windows Vista…


Custom ADM for setting the default value of a registry key (Part 2 of 2)

Part 1 of this topic provided two ADM file examples to show how to create and set the default value of a registry key to block or allow cookies for Internet Explorer. In the Part 1 examples, the policy settings allowed or blocked cookies depending on the enabled or disabled state of each policy setting….


Administrative Templates files for Windows Vista RTM – all languages

Based upon quite a number of customer requests, we packaged all of the .admx/.adml files that shipped with Microsoft Windows Vista RTM and made that package available on the download center. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=05d0598b-95f9-4bdd-af36-b365d68ec5f6&DisplayLang=en Thanks, David Program Manager – Group Policy  


Group Policy Management Console Sample Scripts

The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) provides a comprehensive set of COM interfaces that you can use to script many of the operations supported by the console. This download contains a set of sample scripts that make use of these interfaces.  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=38C1A89B-A6D2-4F2A-A944-9236999AEE65&displaylang=en These sample scripts can be used with the Windows Server 2008, Vista and earlier…