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How to use Group Policy to fix Adobe Reader PDF Preview in Windows 64bit

Leo Davidson recently posted a fix for Adobe Reader integration on 64bit Windows. His fix resolves the thumbnail and file preview feature when you install Adobe Reader (which is still only available in 32bit) in 64bit Windows which Adobe have not seemed to work out for over 3 years now. On his site he has tool that you can download to manually apply…

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How to find and use WMI values for Group Policy Filtering

The Ask the Performance Team has published a WMI Code Creator tool that allows queries your local WMI repository on your computer. This too can be useful if you want to find the WMI values to use with a WQL query filter for your Group Policy Objects (GPO). The tool itself does not actually create a WQL query for WMI…

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How to schedule a delayed start logon script with Group Policy

Logon Scripts!!! I hear you yelling at me about why I am doing a tutorial about logon scripts when Group Policy Preferences is supposed to allow me to stop using my logon scripts. Well in a utopian world there would be no logon scripts to maintain however there are still some situations that you might have to execute a program…

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How to mitigate KB979352 (a.k.a. “Google China”) security vulnerability using Group Policy

Microsoft have been getting a lot of press (here , here and here) about security vulnerability KB979352 in Internet Explorer that was used by Chinese Hackers to breach Google’s security and gain access to anti-china protestors email accounts and other private data. As a result Microsoft have now released a security advisory for IT professional listing multiple ways to mitigate…

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How to make Adobe Reader 9 more secure using Group Policy

Update: I have since reposted this article with new registry keys that makes configured Adobe updater a lot easer. Check it out at  http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/06/updated-how-to-make-adobe-reader-more-secure-using-group-policy/ Recently there have been a number of critical security issues that have been associated with Adobe Reader (see below). http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/04/critical-adobe-and-adobe-acrobat-update.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/01/adobe-readeracrobat-critical-update.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/10/adobe-reader-and-acrobat-critical.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/05/critical-update-adobe-reader-and.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2009/12/critical-adobe-pdf-vulnerability.html http://securitygarden.blogspot.com/2010/01/adobe-readeracrobat-critical-update.html http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa09-07.html To see a complete list of current updates for Adobe…

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