Internet Explorer ActiveX Blocking Group Policy

Microsoft has just released a patch MS14-051 (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2976627) for Internet Explore on Windows 7 and Windows 8 that allows IT Admins to block out of date ActiveX controls from running in the browser. This move aligns IE with other browsers that actively block out of date version of plug-ins such as Java but is still …

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Group Policy Preferences Password Behaviour Change – MS14-025

A number of month ago I did a blog post explaining why the use of passwords (a.k.a. cPasswords)  in  Group Policy Preferences was such a bad idea ( see Why Passwords in Group Policy Preference are VERY BAD). Well Microsoft have now taken the additional steps and now release a new hot fix for Group …

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Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode via Group Policy

With the release of Windows 8.1 Update Microsoft has introduced a new feature Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode. This allows admins to assign via Group Policy a way to force web site to render using specific browser modes. Internet Explorer has has a long heritage and each new version of the browser shipped has had the …

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How to target Group Policy to Virtual Computers

Fellow Australian and Microsoft Hyper-V Program Manager Ben Armstrong (a.k.a. Virtual PC Guy) has just published a blog explaining how you can deploy group policy object to be only targeting to virtual servers (see Targeting Group Policy at Hyper-V VMs). To do this he explains that you can create a WMI query filter that means …

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Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrative Templates (ADMX)

Microsoft has just released the Administrative Templates (ADMX/ADML) files that allow you to configure their newest Group Policy Administrative Template setting for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on down level Operating Systems. To be clear this just enables you to edit the Group Policy objects on a down level computer, not make them …

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