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Apr
25
2017

EMET is gone for Windows 10. Here’s what to do next.

Very interesting and geeky article about how to use Group Policy in Windows 10 to prevent memory attacks. The kind that EMET on Windows 7 provided, but is not available anymore for Windows 10. Here’s the article at Microsoft.  

Apr
18
2017

What’s new in ADMX and Group Policy for Windows 1703 Creators Edition

The new ADMX files are ready for download. You can get them here from Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55080 Here’s my (usual) advice: 1. If you don’t have a central store, please first watch this video I made on it. 2. If you already have a central store, leave what’s already there, and then overwrite anything NEW from the download on top of what you ALREADY have. 3. Install these ADMX files… even if you have no Windows 10 at all, and/or even if you have no Windows 10 1703. Just.. use them. 4. Is this advice perfect for everyone? No; but for 99.98% […]

Nov
25
2016

How to Buy a laptop as a Regular Person (2016-2017 edition)

This is a yearly re-post / re-edit. It started in 2009 and has been updated yearly. This started out as a post to “just my closest friends” but has become one of my popular blog entries of all time. Here’s my fully updated guide to end-of-year 2016 into 2017. If you’re an IT geek like me, you’re often asked “What kind of laptop should I buy?” If you’’re NOT an IT geek, you’’re likely asking an IT geek friend “What kind of laptop should I buy?” This is a guide for both of you. If you’’re in IT, this question […]

Nov
14
2016

ADMX Changes thru the years

I love it when I learn new stuff about Group Policy; or when someone shows me stuff I did know in a unique way. This is one of those. Microsoft has a great blog entry and corresponding spreadsheet to demonstrate “What settings were added or subtracted in ADMX thru the years”? Absolutely fascinating: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/grouppolicy/2016/10/12/admx-version-history/ The only time to really “worry” is when Group Policy ADMX settings are DELETED by the product team. Typically: This isn’t done. But it CAN happen; and if it does, you can set-GPregistryvalue Powershell item to help negotiate those rare cases. (I go over this in […]

Oct
4
2016

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 ! — […]