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May
17
2016

AMA replay now live, and Group Policy Not Dead Manifesto .. Updated !

Actually, this has three things: 1. AMA session replay. I did a super fantastic ASK ME ANYTHING (AMA) session with my hosts at AdminArsenal. It was super fun. The replay is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BibYm8KrgR4    2. Group Policy not in Nano Server (Not News to me), but I updated the Why GP is Not Dead Manifesto. Also, I already knew this, but apparently it was NOT known by some that Windows’ new Nano server has no Group Policy support. You’d think I’d be upset about this, but I’m not. Not even a little bit. As such, I’ve updated my “Why GP […]

May
10
2016

How to Block Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro with Group Policy (even though the GP setting

You might have read the news that it’s no longer possible to use the built-in Group Policy SETTING to prevent access to the Windows Store starting in Windows 10 / 1511 with some updates. I don’t make the news, I just report it. The official article at Microsoft is ”Can’t disable Windows Store in Windows 10 Pro through Group Policy: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135657“. Except, good news.. turns out there IS a way to prevent Windows Store from running with Windows 10 Pro. Video:  For more killer tips, be sure to sign up at http://www.gpanswers.com/register/ for the  newsletter list to stay informed. For Group Policy training, […]

Apr
21
2016

Windows 7 and slow Windows updates

NO GP CONTENT.. This one has been annoying me for a while; so I found two resources which explain how to stop Windows 7 from taking (literally) forever, or at least hours to update. Resource 1 at Infoworld. Resource 2 at Stack Exchange. Look for the words “This issue has come and gone over the years with different fixes along the way…” and follow his instructions. Worked perfectly for me. Requires downloading two patches, then going offline, installing them, then going back online to complete. Again: Personally worked for me and I can vouch this worked as expected (in my cases […]

Apr
18
2016

Fix GPPrefs Scheduled Tasks and also Updating AD

A student in a recent class showed me this article, which demonstrates how to make Scheduled Tasks (correctly) run as SYSTEM. I didn’t know this was a bug, but I’m glad I know there’s a fix ! https://maddog2050.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/gpo-issue-deploying-a-scheduled-task-running-as-system/ The same guy also has a nifty script to perform a full replication of all DCs in the domain. Handy if you’re getting inconsistent results with GP. Here’s a pointer to that nice script: https://maddog2050.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/ad-force-sysvol-and-ad-replication/  Good job, MadDog 2050.. whomever you are !

Mar
24
2016

The “Why Group Policy is Not Dead” Manifesto

If you thought only crazy people wrote Manifestos, then call me crazy. Yes, I’m crazy for Group Policy, and I also get a little crazy about Group Policy’s misunderstandings and misunderstood place in the modern “mobile first, cloud first” world Microsoft has in mind and where might all go someday. In this manifesto I get to talk about something that’s really, really, really been bothering me (and hence, making me crazy enough to write a manifesto.) That is, I cannot tell you how many times IT Admins like you have walked up to me, and with great concern on your […]

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