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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Group Policy Preferences Not Applying on Some Clients: Client-Side Extension, XMLLite

Group Policy Preferences quick tip: To ensure that preferences are applied to clients, make sure that clients have the CSEs and XMLLite installed If you’re like us, you’re seriously excited about Group Policy Preferences. You’re excited because you can’t wait to save yourself scripting time, and to use the rich administration UI and item-level targeting…

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Search GPO : How to find a Group Policy Object

It’s interesting what you can discover when you right-click on something. For example, in the Group Policy Management Console (the GPMC) you can right-click on a domain and select “Search”, and a this amazing tool presents itself. This handy search tool is available with Windows Server 2003+ (if you have the GPMC, you have Search)….

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Do I need to update my server to support new policies? When do I need to separate policies?

I just blogged about this very question over on my blog. Essentially the question we hear a lot is do I need to update Schema/Active Directory/Servers/functional modes etc to support a new client OS version. I wont revisit that Sometimes theres a need to separate policies for specific OS functions but not to “update” them….

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Drive Mappings in Logon Scripts not working correctly

Awhile ago we had a customer call come in. The customer had a major problem in Windows Server 2008. When they tried to map drives through a script it didnt work. The customer had initially applied a Login script as a start up script and then changed the GPO settings to a login script under User…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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Setting Default Registry Key Values using Custom ADM Files (Part 1 of 2)

I’d like to give a big shout out to Sean Gallinetti for providing the custom ADM example files.   One use of creating and setting the default value of a registry key is creating the list of blocked and allowed cookies to configure the per site privacy actions for the Internet Explorer options. The per…

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