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Having used Group Policy almost every working day of my life it is easy to forget that sometime the basic stuff is still a challenge to get your head around. Therefore Microsoft has just released a document (and web page) that is an excellent primer for anyone just starting to use Group Policy. See links below.
Introduces Group Policy, provides an overview of what you can do with Group Policy, describes essential concepts that you must know, and provides step-by-step instructions for the most common Group Policy tasks.
HTML Version: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh147307(WS.10).aspx
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I have posted about the Advanced Group Policy Management (aka AGPM) server tool previously explaining how to install it and use in in your environment to safely modify your Group Policies Object However Ned Pyle from Microsoft has done a post that goes into great detail what happen behind the scenes when you “Control” or makes changes to existing uncontrolled GPO’s in AGPM (see below).
Check it out his article at http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2011/01/31/agpm-production-gpos-under-the-hood.aspx
You might think that AD time sync in your organisation is something that just works out of the box but Sander Berkouwer has just done a post about what you need to do to setup time sync for Windows Server 2008 & R2. Apparently the default time sync server for Windows Server 2003 (time.windows.com) no long works so you need to make sure that you DC are configured with a valid time source.
Check out the whole article here The things that are better left unspoken : Active Directory Time Sync (broken by default)
Tip: One of the steps in the article is to configure the time server using the “w32tim” command on your PDC emulator. You can do this via Group Policy Preferences using the scheduled task option and then use Item-Level Targeting to only apply the command to the computer name of your PDC Emulator. By scheduling this command on a regular basis you can ensure that the time zone list of the server gets refreshed to the proper values periodically.
Ned Pyle from the Active Directory Service team has just done a super post to the Ask the Directory Services Team called Post-Graduate AD Studies. This is a collection of links to pretty much every AD/Group Policy related TechNet article known to man. Definitely a post that you will want to bookmark to use as a reference whenever you have any AD or Group Policy related problems or questions.
Below is a list of all the Group Policy related articles that are listed in the post:
Check out the whole article at: Post-Graduate AD Studies – Ask the Directory Services Team – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.
P.S. Can anyone pick where I got the inspiration for the title?
Jeremy Moskowitz (fellow Group Policy MVP) has just appeared in an interview with Matt Hester on Bytes by TechNet web site.
They covered how IT Professionals start with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, why they need to know about Group Policy and what is new with Group Policy in Windows 7. Jeremy also highlighted some tips for his IT Pro peers related to some components of Group Policy including the Central Store.
Check out the video below:
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