How to disable SMB 1 on Windows 7 via Group Policy

In case you have not got the message yet SMB 1 protocol Bad and that according to Microsoft you should “Stop using SMB1”. Not that I should have to explain, but in case you need a refresher it is old (30 years old); it is slow (especially over high-latency links); and its was superseded over …

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How to setup Work Folder using Group Policy

Work Folders is a great new server role feature with Windows Server 2012 R2 that allows your end user to sync their files over multiple device at work and at home. Think of it as SkyDrive hosted on Windows Server in your own server room rather than by a third party. While there are a …

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Missing Internet Explorer Maintenance option from GPMC with Windows 7 / 2008 R2

One of the changes with Windows 8 and Group Policy was that the Internet Explorer Maintenance section of GPMC was removed from under Windows Settings (see Interesting Change to Group Policy in Server 2012/Windows 8). However people have been noticing that the same Internet Explorer Maintenance option is removed from GPMC when they now install …

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Disappearing Folder Redirection Issues with Windows 7

Thanks to a tip off from fellow MVP Darren Mar-Elia about fairly common issues with Folder Redirection in Windows 7. In short there is a pretty significant issue in Folder Redirection if configured incorrectly that could result in a loss of data for users. There is a mitigation of this issues however this is broken …

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How to implement Internet Explorer 10 Group Policy with Windows 7

Internet Explorer 10 has been out for a while now if you are using Windows 8 however Microsoft has only just released IE 10 for Windows 7. So If you are not contemplating upgrading to Windows 8 but do want the goodness of the improved HTML 5 support of IE 10 then it might be …

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