Where is the Group Policy CSE data stored?

Hi all,          Once of my colleagues asked me which Group Policy Client Side extensions (CSEs) get their Setting data in the Active Directory Group Policy Container (GPC) rather than SYSVOL's Group Policy Template (GPT).  From my research into the inner workings of Group Policies, the CSEs that I have found are as follows: 802.1X Authenticated Wired and…


Outlook 2013 Password Prompt

 have changed my password for my user account on my domain and now Outlook prompts for a password for what feels like a million times a minute.  Very frustrating.   After some investigation, I found that there is a really simple fix and is something I really need to remember, so as normal, I am putting on…


RSAT on Windows 8 Doesn’t install

I have been installing the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 and the installation didn’t seem to do anything on my nice, Windows 8 OS.  It is supposed to automatically install all tools, but I get no errors and no registered management consoles 🙁 Thankfully I found the fix. I read on the internet…


InfoPath and "Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005"

Hi again,         I was just installing a InfoPath related package for InfoPath 2013, on Windows 8 and I ran into the following error: Cannot create InfoPath.ExternalApplication object. Error code = 0x80080005   no matter what I did, I could not seem to get around it and there appears to be very little help on the…


Firewall ports for GPO remote update and RSOP reports

Hello all again, Just to remind myself, in order to enable GPO remote updates and remote policy logging, the required inbound firewall rules that needed to be enabled on the client are: For remote policy updates Remote Scheduled Tasks Management (RPC) Remote Scheduled Tasks Management (RPC-EPMAP) Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI-in)   For remote policy logging…


Hidden Schedule tasks in Windows 8

Hello again 🙂  I was looking for those hidden group policy schedule tasks that are created in Windows 8/2012 recently.  These tasks are the ones created to perform the routine Group Policy refresh updates and the administrator driven updates too (such as invoke-GPUpdate in powershell). So just so as I can remember (plus you may…


Windows 8 and the dreaded couldn’t create a new partition

Hi all,         Something must be wrong with me, as I am posting more than normal on my blog!.  This time its about Windows 8.  I have rebuilt my PC over the last few evenings and been running into the error: “We couldn’t create a new partition or locate an existing one.  For more information,…


WMI filter woes

Hi all,     I just thought that I would finally post a little something about WQL (WMI Query Language) queries for Group Policies.  It is regularly observed by most of my customers that examples of WMI queries for GPOs are found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758471(v=ws.10).aspx#CommunityContent .    It is important to note that these are examples and are…


RODC connection object is goes AWOL

If the RODC connection object goes Absent With Out Leave (AWOL) then there are some steps to recover it, taken from the Ask the Directory Services Team’s Blog site (http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/10/08/friday-mail-sack-cluedo-edition.aspx) RODCs require a special flag on their connection objects for SYSVOL replication to work. If not present, SYSVOL will not work for FRS or DFSR. To fix…


Poster Win 8 app, available now

A new Windows 8 app is now available to enable you to see all the technical spec posters that we used to have to print out on A3.   If you’re running Windows 8, you can get it from the Windows Store here: https://aka.ms/sposterpedia   thanks Martin (aka the poster guy 🙂 http://blogs.technet.com/b/theposterguy/