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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 (27 161 Unique) specific to Windows…

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TechEd: (Internet Explorer 11) The Browser You Love To Hate

If you have ever seen Chris Jacksons (a.k.a. App Compat Guy) sessions you will know that he is an amazing speaker with a very distinctive (and geeky) presentation style. So when I had the opportunity to present with him at TechEd New Zealand 2013 I was super excited to be able present some of the great new features in Internet…

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“What group policy settings should I configure?”

Having been a Group Policy MVP for a while and a contributor to the Microsoft Group Policy forums for even longer I still see a lot of people asking “I am new to Group Policy. What settings should I configure?”. My answer to these people is now pretty much unconditionally “nothing”. That’s right… Nothing…. Of course that is not the…

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Group Policy Search Engine has moved!

If you are like me and are forever forgetting where exactly a group policy setting is location or what it was exactly called then you probably have frequented the Group Policy Search Engine (previous at gps.cloudapp.net). However this web site no longer exists but thankfully it has move to http://gpsearch.azurewebsites.net/. If you have never used this web site before you…

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How to disable Java in IE using Group Policy

You may already be aware there is a pretty serious vulnerability with Java that has just been patched (see Security Alert for CVE-2013-0422 Released ) on pretty much all versions of the program. For some people however this may get them questioning if they need Java installed at all on their computers. Personally I have uninstalled Java off my friends and…

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How to enable and configure Group Policy setting in Windows RT

Along with the recent release of Windows 8 Microsoft also released Windows RT which is pretty much Windows 8 designed to operate on ARM based processors. For consumers the most obvious difference of this OS is the lack of ability to run legacy software. In enterprises however the biggest missing feature is that this OS is not joinable to a…

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TechEd 2012 Video: What’s New With Group Policy in Windows 8

Finally!!! Microsoft have uploaded the video of the last of three sessions I presented this year for TechEd New Zealand. In this session I talk about and demo some of the new features of Group Policy in Windows 8. I did have some technical demo issues along the way however this session was still had really great feedback. Session Description…

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How to block installing SharePoint Server 2010 using Group Policy

SharePoint 2010 is quickly being coming a very popular web platforms for many organisation for collaborating and sharing information. In some cases it is almost to popular in some medium to large organisation with many SharePoint server farms popping up all over the place as each department or business unit see’s a need. As a quote from a Microsoft article…

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