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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Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet

The Group Policy settings reference spreadsheet that coversthe available administrative template settings and security settings forWindows Server 2012, Windows 8, and all earlier versions of Windows is nowavailable in the download center here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=261775.   New to This Spreadsheet The Administrative Template spreadsheet contains a new column: Status: A “New” in this column meansthat the…

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Windows Server “8” Settings Spreadsheet

The latest Group Policy settings reference spreadsheet that covers the available administrative template settings and security settings for Windows Server “8” Beta, Windows 8 Consumer Preview and all earlier versions of Windows is now available in the download center here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/F/B/8FBD2E85-8852-45EC-8465-92756EBD9365/WindowsServer8BetaandWindows8ConsumerPreviewGroupPolicySettings.xlsx To see the description of what is contained in this latest version before downloading,…

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How to add comment for a GPO with PowerShell

You might have seen GP MVP Jeremy Moskowitz’s post on how to recycle GPO comments. While Jeremy points out you can do this without a script…. You can also do it with a script! Our tech writer, Judith, walks us through the process:   After I import the Group Policy module in PowerShell, I have…

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Listing all GPOs in the current forest

This post was written by Judith, a technical writer for Group Policy. This is the second post in a series on ways to use Powershell with Group Policy. See the first post on getting started with RSAT and Group Policy Let’s say I have a forest and I’d like to document a listing of all…

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RSAT & GP Cmdlets

This post was written by Judith, a technical writer for Group Policy. This will be the first post in a series on ways to use Powershell with Group Policy I wanted to play around with the Group Policy cmdlets. These are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 automatically when Group Policy is installed. But what…

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Get GPO Backup with Powershell

Jeff Hicks, one of Microsoft’s Powershell MVPs, has written a great script for managing GPO backups: The GroupPolicy module from Microsoft offers a great deal of functionality from a command line. In terms of regular maintenance or administration it is pretty hard to beat, especially if you have 100s or 1000s of GPOs. When you…

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Copy and Merge GPOs through Powershell

Ashley McGlone has a great script up for merging GPOs together through powershell. I wish I had this script five years ago. At the time I was searching for a way to combine or merge GPOs, but there simply wasn’t a way to do it. And today there still isn’t a way to do it……

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AGPM Least Privilege for Child Domain

Michael has covered “least privilege” for AGPM before (the Active Directory team followed up with a bit more detail). However, those scenarios are for single-domains. What if you have a forest where you want to manage all the child domains using AGPM, but you don’t want to just give the AGPM service administrator privileges across…

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