Next Group Policy Training: Atlanta. (And some security stuff that scared my pants off !)

Next GP Class Stop: Atlanta. (And some security stuff that scared my pants off !) Hey Team.. ! Just got back from Atlanta… where last week I was at Ignite. Quick Ignite report: Nothing blew my face off, but it was nice to physically be back in touch with friends, customers and students. The human connection CANNOT be underrated ! Check this picture out of a dinner on Wednesday night. Can you name all the people in this photo: http://screencast.com/t/daL5kTOFfU ? And, guess what? I’m coming back to Atlanta… TWICE MORE this year. First: Techstravaganza 2016 Nov 18th ! — […]


Use Non-Microsoft DNS with Active Directory

Here’s an interesting article. Mostly because I wrote it, and also.. it is interesting. It answers the question of “Can I use non-Microsoft DNS with my Active Directory (and why you might want to.)” Check it out. http://www.esecurityplanet.com/network-security/must-you-use-microsofts-in-box-dns.html


Windows 10 Build 1607 (Anniversary Edition) – Group Policy

So.. “Windows 13″ is out.. I mean… “Windows 10, Build 1607 Anniversary Edition” of course. And, it’s a pretty big update. To make your life easier I rounded up all the news about Group Policy and this build into one place. THIS PLACE. Here we go ! Item #1: Get the latest ADMX download https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53430 Item #2: What to do with this ADMX download (video I made back in the day) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4DBdQo4XZs Item #3: Some Policy Setting items are ONLY in the Enterprise/Edu editions and NOT in Pro. Here’s that list so you don’t punch a wall, wondering why a […]


Never a dull moment with Group Policy (or what to do about MS16-072)

So on Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a patch to prevent a theoretical “man in the middle attack” when  GPOs are downloaded from your servers to your endpoints. Okay.. Fine. Sounds good. In fact, here’s the tech note on the problem. Fix for GP elevation https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms16-072 But when that patch is applied, there is a “double increase” in security, one with an unintended consequence. That consequence is that SOME GPOs will no longer apply when you expected them to. You could call this a “breaking change”, but.. stick with me, I think Microsoft wanted this behavior updated. And it’s not TERRIBLE; it’s […]


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 […]

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