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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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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Trusted Locations and Environment Variables in Office 2007 Group Policy settings

When locking down Office 2007 security settings via Group Policy I ran into an interesting issue with Trusted Locations. Office 2007 doesn’t support environment variables in those trusted locations paths. I managed to get it solved pretty elegantly, thanks to some posts and clues in random forums. What I didn’t find was any descent blog article or how-to guide for the solution. So here goes. Continue reading