Group Policy for Virtual Desktops Infrastructure (VDI)

Remote Desktop Virtualisation is a feature of Windows that allows your users to run windows running remotely from server hardware. This is almost an identical concept with how Terminal Services (a.k.a. Remote Desktop Services, a.k.a. Remote Desktop Session Host) works where the users is sending keyboard and mouse messaged to the server and then receives …

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Group Policy for WSUS

Windows Server Update Service (a.k.a. WSUS) is Microsoft free tool they provide for deploying patches and updates. In my experience this tool is pretty much used by every organisation in the world that has more than a hand full of computers. WSUS is also a requirement for the Software Update option in SCCM 2007. What …

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How to enable a disabled Local Administrator account offline in Windows 7 (even when using BitLocker)

  Back in the days of Windows XP IT administrators could disable the local administrator account on domain joined computers but still be able to use the account if they rebooted the computer into safe mode (see How to access the computer after you disable the administrator account ). To log on to Windows by …

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How to delegate AD permission to Organisational Units using the PowerShell command Add-QADPermission

Recently, I have been working a lot with PowerShell to automate the creation of a full AD site OU structure (with Group Policy and all) along with all the necessary delegated permissions. One of the limitation of the out of the box AD PowerShell commands is there is no easy way (but apparently there is …

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Group Policy Design Guidelines – Part 2

In my previous article In this article Best Practice:Active Directory Structure Guidelines – Part 1 I spoke about some of the guidelines I personally use when developing an Active Directory OU structure. In this next part I will discuss some guidelines I use when designing a Group Policy Object infrastructure. Ideally you should make the …

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