Server Core: Navigating an old but new world

Lately, I’ve done a lot of posting on Server Core and one thing I’ve neglected to write on is how you actually navigate in this new world. Starting with Windows Server 1709 (and at the time of this writing), the “current branch” models of Windows Server will not have a GUI and your one and…

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PS without BS: Some useful GPO cleanup scripts

Just a quick blog with a lot of punch to it: Some easy and great ways to clean up Group Policy. What are some of the reasons for this? Well… Your GPO infrastructure may be out of control. You may have forgotten what policies are linked You may have policies that are enforced without settings…

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PS without BS: Removing WMI Queries from GPMC

One of the neat features back in (cough) Windows Server 2003 was the addition of WMI filters to Group Policy. I’m not going to waste a lot of time this morning on a history lesson, but WMI filters in GPO have some valuable benefits, but unfortunately nothing in this life is free. The answer a…

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Clean up Group Policy Now! – How and Why

ACT I: Introduction In my mind, one of the things that put Windows over the top in the (cough) post Windows NT4 era was the ability to manage it with this new phenomenon called “Group Policy”. If anyone remembers the days of using logon scripts (some still do), AT commands (anyone remember Kixstart?), SMS, and…

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