Out Now: Group Policy Settings spread sheet for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11

Update: It’s been pointed out that column D does represent if it is a new policy setting which has revealed many more settings. The complete reference guild to all the new Windows 8 group policy setting has now been published. A quick search through this spread sheet show there are 216 new administrative settings (27 …

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Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8.1

With yet another release of Windows (seems like it was only last year… errr… wait), Microsoft has also released a new version of the remote server admin tools (a.k.a. RSAT). RSAT allow you to install the tools needed to manage your servers from a Windows 8.1 computer. You might not think you need the RSAT …

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Group Policy Search Engine Gets Updated

The Group Policy Search Engine is a great web site that has all the different version of Microsoft Group Policy ADMX files that allows you to easily and quickly search for the policy setting. This site is one I use very frequently especially and is a must have bookmark for any Group Policy Administrator. Well, …

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Native Boot to Desktop Group Policy Support for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has just released the RTM version for people who have MSDN or TechNet subscriptions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (see http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2013/09/09/attention-technet-and-msdn-subscribers-windows-server-2012-r2-available-for-download-today.aspx). The really great new about this release is that there are a few new Group Policy setting, most notably NATIVE support for IT Administrators to configured boot to desktop. The …

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New Background Drive Mappings in Windows 8.1

As I briefly mention in my previous blog post about Group Policy Caching (http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2013/07/group-policy-caching-in-windows-8-1/) both Group Policy Preferences Drive Mappings and Disk Quotas are no longer processed as a Synchronous policy setting. But what does this exactly mean…. Put simply Drive Mappings (and Disk Quota) policy settings will now apply in the background for the …

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