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…


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…


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…


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/


Network Location Awareness Service

Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs Windows XP when relating to Group Policies.  First some background.  When Windows XP attempts to download its Group Policies, it performs a slow link test, which consists of a series to ICMP pings to find out how the…


Group Policy Client Side Extension List

So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could not quite figure out all of the Client side extensions that were in use just by GUID.  I was reviewing the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions and there were loads of extensions that was unsure about what they were. …


Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

If  you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7.  If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file, follow these steps. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then…


Registry.pol fun

Hi all,     This month, I ran into an interesting challenge to do with group policies.  Specifically, I was trying to figure out why a client was not getting a specific setting.   While it is was the Group Policy Object (GPO) and it the version of the GPT.ini in SYSVOL was in sync, the client…


GPMC Error

Hi All,           I have been working on some servers recently with my good friend Mohnish and we came across an interesting error with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) Service Pack 1 (specifically).  It seems that every time the administrator tries to click on the settings tab of ANY Group Policy Object (GPO), we…