WMI Filter Friday

It’s Friday and it’s sunny in my neighborhood, which means it is blog posting time! Let’s talk about WMI filters today, shall we? If I have WMI Filters and Group Policy Preferences targeting, do they cancel out? Does one have precedence? Will the world explode? My answers are: No, Yes, and Maybe someday (but that’s…


TechEd Australia 2009 talks published

If you couldn’t make it to the TechEd Australia 2009 conference in the Gold Coast, you missed a lot of great presentations! Luckily, they were recorded and published here: What’s new in Win7/Server 2008 R2 (Gutnik) SRV310  http://www.msteched.com/online/view.aspx?tid=d9c80bdd-2413-4ca3-8d61-cfccb9200f77 The Power of Preferences (Burchill and Gutnik)  CLI308  http://www.msteched.com/online/view.aspx?tid=4d73cdcc-169b-4df7-bc18-e91a27b50625 Enjoy 🙂 LiliaG (the G stands for Gutnik)…


Configuring a Power Plan with Group Policy Preferences (by Alan Burchill)

Alan and I had a great time presenting about Group Policy Preferences at TechEd Australia a few weeks ago. He did a quick demo in our session about configuring Power Schemes; here’s the breakdown in more detail. He captures the idea of targeting power plans to be sensitive to the time of day, so you can…


Cool Articles: Group Policy Modeling, Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 functionality

I just read a couple of great articles written in the past couple months about Group Policy. Ever wondered which policy is going to ‘win’ on a client with overlapping settings from different GPOs? Want to know more about Starter GPO’s or Preferences? Read on…   The first one walks through how to diagnose hierarchy issues…


Security Filtering, WMI Filtering, and Item-level Targeting in Group Policy Preferences

Hi, I’m Florian, one of the Group Policy MVPs . You may know us MVPs from conferences, seminars, books, Newsgroups and Forums where we voluntarily provide help and guidance to Group Policy and its associated products. Today, I’d like to write about a feature in Group Policy Preferences you could find useful. Guidance tells us…


GP Preferences: Add a new printer, set as default

You might know GP Preferences is great for mapping drives, pushing out shortcuts, and adding new folders. But did you know that you can use GP Preferences to add a printer and set it as default? Check it out: Here’s the Devices and Printers inventory on my Windows 7 Client machine: one shared Canon printer….


How do I migrate PolicyMaker Items to Group Policy Preference Items?

PolicyMaker customers have been waiting for an easy way to migrate their PolicyMaker settings over to Group Policy Preference settings. The solution is finally here!! We have developed a commandline tool that you can run against your environment to find all of your PolicyMaker settings and convert them to Group Policy preference settings. Download the…


Environment Variables in GP Preferences

There was a great question in the blog comments, I’m going to post the answer up here because I think the answer is cool. Can a location (UNC) be set using both an environmental variable and a static entry? I’ll explain by example.  Let’s say that there are shares named %username%Folder (FredFolder, SallyFolder, EricFolder, etc.). …


Microsoft Management Summit 2009

I just got back from another great MMS in Las Vegas and I’d like to thank everyone who stopped by the booth, attended the Group Policy-related sessions, and asked great questions about Group Policy and AGPM (thanks to Chris for Tweeting about it!). I’m so glad to see that more and more people are using…


Passwords in Group Policy Preferences (updated)

Have you ever wanted to configure a preference item to include a specific user name and password? You can do so in several types of preference items, but you should first consider the security ramifications of embedding a user name and password in a preference item. Are passwords in preference items secure?A password in a…