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May
9
2018

1803 ADMX files .. Errors that come with a Byte?

Some people, like my friend Brian I. (that’s “Brian I.”, not “Brian and I”)… discovered that upon UPDATING you existing Central Store with latest 1803 ADMX/ ADMLs.. You could get bitten. The problem appears that the (current 1803) ADMX files are missing .. well.. and ADMX. That is, for every ADMX there should be a corresponding ADML file for each language. And one ADMX file.. didn’t make it into the 1803 ADMX download: SearchOCR.admx. So what’s happening is, that: 1. Some old (totally fine) ADMX version is there in your central store. 2. You leave that in place; and update/ […]

Feb
15
2018

Three GP News items: hresult-0x80071128 fix, 2016 Baselines, and Windows 10 extends support

What is it: (Updated and Fixed: The Group Policy cannot be written bug.) Time to re-read: 180 seconds. https://www.gpanswers.com/hresult-0x80071128-on-server-2012r2-dcs-when-editing-gpos/   What is it: Security Baseline for Office 2016 & Office 365 Proplus Time to read: 200 seconds https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/secguide/2018/01/29/security-baseline-for-office-2016-and-office-365-proplus-apps-draft/   Windows as a Service Changes .. AGAIN. Insanely fast summary: Got one of the four ORIGINAL Windows 10 editions? Windows 1511, 1607, 1703, and 1709), an extra six months of support is being added. Future builds.. will only get the 18 months as previously stated. From Microsoft: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/windowsitpro/2018/02/01/changes-to-office-and-windows-servicing-and-support/

Jan
26
2018

HRESULT: 0x80071128 on Server 2012R2 and 2016 DCs when editing GPOs

Team: Wanted to alert you to a known issue with the January patches. This is MY INTERPRETATION of the problem and advice, and is coming from ME and NOT from Microsoft. And, I have not PERSONALLY seen this problem, but wanted to get it to you quickly. Please use your own brain when reading the rest of this email and don’t knee jerk and do anything that would get you in the doghouse. When the JAN patch is on your Server 2012 R2 servers there are reports of editing some GPOs using GPMC or AGPM 4.0 may fail with error […]

Dec
18
2017

How do you become an MVP?

I get this question like 3 – 10 times per year. This is a great answer to that question.. here’s the link from a fellow MVP. Enjoy. How Can I Become A Microsoft MVP?  

Dec
13
2017

It’s NOT a Group Policy Bug… !!

<Rant mode on> So I go a little BSC (That’s Bat-Spit Crazy) when I read “Group Policy Bug takes over the earth”. As you might expect, my hackles go up… (And, if you’re not a dog, where, exactly **ARE** your hackles? Just sayin’) Anyway.. This latest up-hackles occurred when I read the beginning of, and now the end of items like this. (These are all reporting the same thing, and basically the same way..) winaero.com/blog/bug-group-policy-updates-windows-10/ windowsreport.com/group-policy-bug-windows-10-fix/ mspoweruser.com/group-policy-bug-blocks-windows-update-user-delays-installation-updates/ (Note: The HTTP and HTTPs are removed so there are no links.. on purpose.) They’re all saying that this is a “Group Policy […]