New Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 (RTM Release)

I blogged last October about the new Group Policy settings in the first preview version of Windows 10. There was not too much to write about and I thought now that the RTM bits are here it might be fair to take a look at it again. Things are looking much better now, but I must say that I was hoping to find a bit more on the GPO side of the mighty Windows 10. For example, there’s only a handful of settings related to configuring or hardening Microsoft Edge. I have to believe that there’s more to come in the future.

Anyways, you can get the all new ADMX templates here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48257. Microsoft also released a spreadsheet of the settings, which you can get here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25250. Go get them! Continue reading

New Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 and Windows Server 10 (aka Windows Next)

As a fan of Group Policies I took a peak under the hood of the new Windows 10 and Windows Server 10. Hoping there’d be loads of new settings I searched through the PolicyDefinitions folder found in Windows folder of the system volume. To my disappointment I only found one. 🙁 Continue reading

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10 Technical Preview

I too have joined the Windows Insider Program to try out and play with the future version of the Windows operating system. It’s going to be an interesting year ahead of us if it’s really going to be like they say; new features and stuff almost weekly from now on! I’m mostly interested on the server side of things and to my surprise the preview versions of Windows Server and System Center (minus ConfigMgr) came out too!

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MS14-045 (KB2993651) Fixed and Re-released

Sadly Microsoft has been providing faulty updates this past year. Even I blogged about one a while back. This month, the crappy update was MS14-045, KB2993651. As the web piled up with reports of Blue Screens of Death and other problems, after a few days MS pulled the faulting update from the Windows Update Catalog and recommended uninstalling it even from successful deployments. Good for those who hadn’t installed it yet, bad for those who’d already approved it for install in WSUS or other deployment solutions. Blue screens caused my monthly updates are not what you want for your machines. Continue reading

Security Update for Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2920189) – Install Fails with Error Code 0x800F0922

A faulting security update was released on Patch Tuesday this month (May 13th). I wonder how this has been able to fly under the radar through testing? As the following support article states, you receive Error Code 0x800f0922 when you try to install this security update. Continue reading

Storage Tiering – Minimum Volume Size not Accepted in Terabytes

I’ve been playing around and testing the new Storage Tiering feature that came along with Windows Server 2012 R2. I’m impressed I must say. I have a few 2TB HDDs in my test lab and disk I/O has always been the bottle neck when it comes to performance. The new Storage Tiering feature boosted my lab so much that I’m not sure if I’m using the same hardware anymore. The total disk I/O skyrocketed just by adding two 128GB SSDs and creating a tiered storage with Storage Spaces. Add Data Deduplication to the mix and it’s even better! Continue reading

Internet Explorer Group Policy Nightmare

I’ve been a fan of Group Policy since the days of Novell Netware and ZENWorks. There is something fascinating in the concept of defining settings and then forcing them on the targeted devices or users. This post is about controlling Microsoft Internet Explorer settings via GPO and the changes that they made with the release of IE 10 and 11.  This article is meant to sum up a few things I’ve found difficult to figure out. If you’re confused with setting up IE with GPO and GPP, read on.

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Hotfix Adds Support for Windows 8.1 with App-V Server 5.0 SP1

virtual-applicationI’ve been exploring and testing the Microsoft solution for Application Virtualization (App-V). The latest version of App-V is 5.0 SP2. However, for some reason, the downloadable ISO of MDOP 2013 R2 (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) includes SP2 versions of only App-V Client and Sequencer, not for the App-V Server itself. This leads to some problems with the latest operating systems. Continue reading