Windows 7 – Do I need to change my Active Directory for new Group Policy features?

Now that you’ve obviously purchased, installed, and started playing with your Windows 7 client, you’re probably fantasizing about all the great things that will happen to your environment when you upgrade all of the machines in your site / OU / domain / basement to Windows 7 as well. Let me tell you, it’s going…

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Group Policy Preferences : Colorful and Mysteriously Powerful, just like Windows 7

How could something like CRUD be desirable? In Group Policy world, even the impossible becomes possible. In this entry, you’ll discover why Red does not mean Error and what the different colors mean when you make a Preference item. Read on! Let’s talk about some of the intricacies of Preferences, specifically what we fondly refer…

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Group Policy Changes in Windows XP SP3

Im seeing tons of people on forums trying to find the Group Policy Changes in XP SP3 and Windows 7. It seems that both Google and Bing dont return the relevant results if you search for “Group Policy Changes XP SP3” because of all the noise of people asking where they are… So for your enjoyment…

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TechEd Europe – Windows Server 2008 R2 GP Changes Session

I mentioned previously that I might be attending TechEd Europe this year to present on Windows Server 2008 R2 Group Policy changes. Well its confirmed. I am definitely coming! (Yeah!!) So I started to think about what you might like to see from my sessions….and rather than me guess about what you want to see,…

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Managing Power with Group Policy Preferences: TechEd Online Video

We’ve mentioned managing power a couple times here on the blog, including a brief introduction and a detailed step-by-step walk through by Alan Burchill (shows how to configure power options that consider Business Hours vs . Off Hours using Group Policy Preferences targeting). Here’s a high level discussion of GP Preferences and why managing power using GPP will save…

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Interested in managing desktops with an online service? Get in on the private beta!

Want to test out and use new bits for Microsoft’s new hosted management service? A good friend to the Group Policy team is the System Center Online team, who announced the first version of their product at MMS 2009. They are looking for qualified customers to be part of their fall beta, check out the…

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AGPM: GPLinks are being destroyed each time I deploy

A customer reported an issue to me recently where the customer reported that when using AGPM 3.0, each time they deployed out to production, their GPLinks were being destroyed. Why is this occurring? What’s probably relevant here is to outline what’s happening and why. When AGPM manages GPO’s it performs all its editing offline. When…

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