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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 […]

Mar
15
2016

Hide your name and email in Windows 10 Lock Screen

Found this great little article: http://www.groovypost.com/howto/hide-username-email-photo-windows-10-logon-screen/ It’s very well written. Nice job.  

Mar
14
2016

Interview with Aaron Margosis.. Part 3 of 3: Microsoft Scams, Whitelisting, and Futures !

Part 3: What happens when someone from “Not Microsoft” calls Aaron Notes from Part 3 (the final part of the Interview… here !) Download the audio MP3: http://gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-Interview-Part3.mp3 Download the ZIP: http://gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-Interview-Part3.zip Aarons tips to making people more secure. Applocker and DeviceGuard Training: http://www.GPnaswers.com/training NSA Application Whitelisting using Microsoft Applocker: https://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/app/Application_Whitelisting_Using_Microsoft_AppLocker_FINAL.pdf Applocker talk from Jeremy Moskowitz at TechEd 2010: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2010/WCL303 Project Centenial: https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2015/2-692 https://devpreviewsignup.windows.com/

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