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Windows Server 2012 – Would you like to know more?

Microsoft Press has just released an ebook called “Introducing Windows Server 2012” available for free download. While this book is based on the beta version of the OS it is still a great resource as the serve version of the OS has not changed that much. Table of Contents Chapter 1 The business need for Windows Server 2012 The rationale…

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Out Now: Release Preview of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has just released / announced the availability of the “Release Preview” (a.k.a Release Candidate) of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. But they have also released the “Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview” which allows you to install all essential admin tools needed to manage Group Policy in your environment. I am still downloading and install…

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CIAOPS Podcast–Episode 29 – Hear me talk about Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Group Policy…

I recently recorded an episode of on the CIAOPS Podcast where myself and Robert Crane talked about all thing Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Group Policy. Note: We recorded this podcast the night before Microsoft announced (see https://twitter.com/#!/BuildWindows8/status/194627936115101696 ) that Windows 8 Release Preview will be out in the first week of June, however our guesses of when the…

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What’s changed with the Group Policy Client Service in Windows 8

With the release of Windows 8 Microsoft has gone back and worked on the fundamentals of the OS to make it more efficient than even Windows 7. This means that the OS does the same (if not more) using less system resources. One of the ways that they achieve this is the way they control the “Group Policy Client” service…

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Security Compliance Manager (SCM) v2.5 Out Now

Microsoft has now released the latest version of the Security Compliance Manager v2.5 tool. This FREE tool is your one stop shop for downloading the best practice security guidance and configuration setting for your Microsoft programs. It also allows you to import existing Group Policy Object to then compare these setting against Microsoft template or other custom baseline templates. This…

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How to configure and use “Group Policy Update” in Windows 8

“Group Policy Update” is a feature that allow IT admins to forcibly update group policy on all the computer in an OU. This feature works by creating a scheduled task on the workstations to run the gpupdate command within the next 10 minutes. This feature is fairly simple implementation with the GPMC console just scheduling the task to run remotely…

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Achievement Unlocked: MVP 2012

Just letting you all know that today I got an email confirming that my MVP status is being renewed for 2012. It is a real honour to get this award in what will be a really exciting time with all the new exciting new information to be share this year with the release of a new version of Windows. Sidenote:…

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Updated: How to enable the Windows 8 Start Button and Start Menu using Group Policy

Update: In case you did not realise…. This is an April Fools….  @slooflirpa is @aprilfools backwards… Thanks to a tip off via twitter from @slooflirpa I have discovered some hidden Group Policy setting in the Windows Server 8 Beta that configures that restores the start button and optionally the traditional start menu in Windows 8. Even thought there have been…

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