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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 !


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 […]


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 […]


RSAT for Windows 10

RSAT is the “Remote Server Admin Tools.” It’s like the old “Adminpak.MSI”.. but.. it’s got a new name. And its out for Windows 10 now. Here’s the link ! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520 Enjoy !


Group Policy ADMX Files and Group Policy ADMX Spreadsheet for Windows 10

Team: It’s TIME! Windows 10 is out out out.. and with that, so is the latest Group Policy settings ADMX files and corresponding Excel Settings reference. Here is a link to those two resources *AND* a link to my (older but totally still works!) video on WHAT TO DO WITH THE ADMX file DOWNLOAD. So, here are… The ADMX files themselves: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257 The ADMX settings spreadsheet reference: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250 Also, please see MY VIDEO on what to do when you download the latest ADMX files. PS: In case anyone ran into the error below after they copied over the new files. […]