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Mar
8
2016

Interview with Aaron Margosis: Part 2 of 3 .. Local GPO, SecGuides, what-to-use-for-what-scenario coaching

My interview with Aaron Margosis.. Part 2 ! Learn about LocalGPOs, Security Guides, why Group Policy is still THE BEST WAY to manage domain joined PCs. Option 1 (play directly in the browser): https://www.gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-Interview-Part2.mp3 Option 2 (zipped): https://www.gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-Interview-Part2.zip  Part 2: SCM: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/cc835245.aspx LGPO http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/archive/2016/01/21/lgpo-exe-local-group-policy-object-utility-v1-0.aspx SecGuides: http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/ Favorite quote from this part of the interview: “Group policy; it’s been around the longest and is THE BEST WAY to manage domain joined machines” –Aaron Margosis PolicyPak Cloud Service: Extend real GPOs thru the Internet to domain joined and non-domain joined machines https://www.policypak.com/products/policypak-suite-cloud-edition.html PolicyPak MDM Settings Manager: https://www.policypak.com/products/policypak-mdm-settings-manager.html

Mar
4
2016

Interview with Aaron Margosis Part 1 of 3: Get to know Group Policy Analyzer

Hi.. ! I got a chance to sit down with an interview Aaron Margosis from Microsoft in a 3-part Interview ! Learn about Aaron’s upcoming new Sysinternals book, and his new GP Analyzer tool. Part 2 and 3 coming soon… ! NOTE: I wanted to get this out the door as fast as possible, so it’s not yet uploaded to GPanswers.com; and instead is here in Dropbox and also Amazon S3. – Option 1 (play directly in the browser): https://www.gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-and-Jeremy-Moskowitz Interview-Part-1.mp3 Option 2 (zipped): https://www.gpanswers.com/media/Aaron-Margosis-and-Jeremy-Moskowitz-Interview-Part-1.zip – Notes from Part 1 of the Interview: Sami Laiho Sysinternals 20th Birthday conference: http://win-fu.com/sysinternals20 Group […]

Feb
16
2016

Two new Group Policy tools from Microsoft

Microsoft recently released a nice little freebie which lets you compare “sets” of GPOs to help you determine GPO settings overlap. Check it out. Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/archive/2016/01/22/new-tool-policy-analyzer.aspx the second tool is the spiritual successor to LocalGPO, and is called LGPO. This helps you take many settings and deliver them to Local GPOs instead of via AD-based GPOs. Check it out. Link: http://blogs.technet.com/b/secguide/archive/2016/01/21/lgpo-exe-local-group-policy-object-utility-v1-0.aspx And enjoy !

Dec
7
2015

How to Buy a laptop as a Regular Person (2015-2016 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 2015 into 2016. 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
24
2015

Wubba heck is WUB (Windows Update for Business)

In the spirit of NOT repeating everything word for word that people have already laid down, I can point you to some very well written articles explaining the basics of Windows Update for Business. That being said, before you dive in, here’s my pre-2 cents / summary of Windows Update for Business (WUB): Windows Update for Business is not (yet another) cloud service. Windows Update for Business is not WSUS in the cloud. (See first bullet point.) Windows Update for Business is a mere SINGLE Group Policy Setting. The point of WUB is to use the GP skills you already […]