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Apr
1
2008

Yay and boo

Yay: I’ve been accepted as a Group Policy MVP for my third time. Thank you for all who helped me acheive that! Boo! I found _another_ Vista bug {sigh}. Here’s the lashup… If Vista recognizes that your hardware has changed enoughthat you must re-validate.. you are prompted to do so when your next user logs on. After validating, I found the following to be true: 1. Delegated permissions required to see your own GPresults are not available 2. Computer-side policy fails to execute 3. Remote Desktop into the machine becomes impossible All is cleared up with a reboot of the […]

Apr
1
2008

Takeown

Did you know Vista has a take ownership command right in the box? I used to have to do this with a command called “Chown” which I had to download seperately. Now, “takeown.exe” is right there for me. Also, my favorite unix command of all time (whoami) also ships in the box. With whoami /all you can figure out what groups you’re in and what privileges you’ve got. What’s neat is that because Vista has “split token” SIDs, you won’t actually see all your Privileges — even if you log in with Domain Administrator credentials. You only get to USE […]

Apr
1
2008

Bugs in the ointment (one in a series)

There are -lots- of bugs in Vista RTM. Some are in the Group Policy space. I’m not beating up the GP team in any way by reporting these facts to you. Indeed, it’s my goal to help locate these bugs, and let you and the team know of them (together). That way, YOU can work around these bugs and THEY can whomp ‘em. So, stay tuned for lots of little things here and there which need a little spackle. Bug #1: GP Filtering

Apr
1
2008

Want to be a part of the next GP book?

If you’ve ever wanted to see your name in lights, now’s the chance. I need someone to help me “walk” through the material I have in my first four chapters. And, take screenshots along the way. It’s that easy. If you’ve done any technical writing in the past (magazines, books, tech papers), that’s a plus. (Again, it’s only the first four chapters.) Must have access to VMware workstation or VMware Server, XP, and Vista RTM ( I can help you get set up if you need be, but it’s better if youv’e got these things already.) I need ONE, very […]

Apr
1
2008

Folder Redirection woes?

Has anyone ever tried to change the underlying GPO used to force folder redirection? Have you ever had it blow up on you? And you’ve got clients with lots of “My Documents” files and they’re NOT sitting on the new server? Send me an email and tell me your story. Thanks.