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Apr
1
2008

Security Templates

Do you care about Windows security templates? XP ships with a gaggle of them in the box. The idea is that you sort of “round up” a bunch of security-related GPO settings into an “.inf” file. Then you can, ya know, email them to friends or co-workers or other admins to secure their machines. But, that’s the question. Do you care? Has anyone cared? I don’t have much evidence that anyone really uses security templates all that much. Wondering if you think I should keep or cut that material from the next edition of the book. And, it should be […]

Apr
1
2008

About BeyondTrust and DesktopStandard

Today I had a nice chat with CEO of BeyondTrust John Moyer. We talked about the Microsoft acquisition of his previous company, DesktopStandard and where he’s going with BeyondTrust.

Apr
1
2008

Found my first Vista (RTM) bug…

Okay.. It’s not a GP bug. But it’s a bug. Okay, maybe not even a bug, but certainly a crappy error message. Tried to join the computer to the domain with a correct username / wrong password. Got the nice error message: “Cannot peform the action: Incorrect element.” Nice. Welcome Vista. It’s gonna be fun to get to know you.

Apr
1
2008

ADM to ADMX Converter tool

You’re not using Vista yet, but FullArmor and Microsoft are thinking of you. That is, with Vista the new ADMX file format will supplant the ADM file format. But what if you’ve already got a bunch of ADM files out there? Are you going to learn the ADMX format for a one time conversion? Not anymore. Microsoft and FullArmor are releasing a free tool, found here to help automatically transition ADM to ADMX files. Thanks, guys !! (Are you reading this blog? If so, send me a short email, and just tell me. Trying to figure out if this blog […]

Feb
1
2008

EA vs. DA

Here’s an interesting tidbit I didn’t know until today: Enterprise admins, by default, do not have local administrator rights on individual client machines. Domain Admins, but not Enterprise admins have rights to LGPOs. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Sunday.