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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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How to use Group Policy to default Internet Explorer to desktop mode in Windows 8

In Windows 8 there are now two different versions of Internet Explorer 10 installed. One is a Metro looking version that does not support Brower add-ons to improved performance and reliability of the touch version of the browser. The other more traditional desktop version of Internet Explorer allows browser add-ons (x86 only) but its controls are not as touch friendly…

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How to configure a “Primary Computer” (a.k.a. msDS-PrimaryComputer property) in Windows 8

As I mentioned in my previous blog post there is a new Group Policy setting called “Redirect folders on primary computers only”. As the descriptions says this ”policy setting is useful to improve logon performance and to increase security for user data on computers where the user might not want to download private data, such as on a meeting room…

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Introducing….

As you know Microsoft has recently had a new arrival with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview…. But I have also had a new arrival myself called Ellie Alana Burchill and was born 5/3/12 at a healthy 7 pound 13 ounces . So you will need to forgive me if I don’t post as often over the next few weeks as I might be a…

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The ultimate list of new Interesting Windows 8 Group Policy User Settings

This is part #2 of the list of Interesting Windows 8 Group Policy Setting I have found… this time I list all the User specific setting. This list is certainly not as long as the Computer setting list but there are some setting that are just as interesting. This setting is obviously for the privacy conscious that don’t what the…

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