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Group Policy Setting of the Week 37 – Change Start Menu power button

This week setting of the week is called “Change Start Menu power button” which allows you to configured the start menu shutdown button in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. You can find this setting under User Configurations>Policies>Administrative Templates>StartMenu and Taskbar. If you have setup your computer to support Hybrid-Sleep then you should consider configuring this option to help…

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Book Review: Least Privilege Security for Windows 7,Vista and XP

I was recently approached to do a book review on “Least Privilege Security for Windows 7,Vista and XP by Russell Smith” published by Packt Publishing. This book is a comprehensive guide at showing how to configure your Windows environment so that your users can operate without administrator permissions. While most administrators realise that giving administrators access to the end users…

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The complete list of Group Policy Hotfix’s in Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1

The beta of Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 beta has now been released to the public for testing. For your benefit I have parsed through the complete list of hotfixes and I have listed out all the group policy specific setting. If you just want the service pack right now you can download it here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx I have…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 32 – Prevent changing mouse pointers

The group policy setting for the week this week is a new policy setting for Windows 7/2008 R2. This setting is called “Prevent changing mouse pointers” and can be found under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization. This setting is handy if you want to tightly control the user environment such as public access…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 27 – Turn off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer

In this weeks setting I look at a new Windows 7 setting that reverts the sort order of folders back to the old way it would sort files and folder the same as Windows 2000 (and earlier). This policy setting is called “Turn off numerical sorting in Windows Explorer and can be found under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 25 – Remove the Action Center icon

The setting of the week is called “Remove the Action Center icon” and as the name says it  is used to remove the Action Center icon (a.k.a. Flag) from the system tray (see below). You might want to enable this setting if you are in a corporate environment and you centrally managed Backups, Firewall and Updates using other programs. However…

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More Group Policy hot fixes

Just found out about a few more hot fixes that Microsoft recently released for Group Policy. KB979621 A removable storage device is disabled when you enable a Group Policy to deny write access or to deny read access to the device on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 Fixes an issues with removable storage devices…

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New Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Group Policy hotfix round up

Last week Microsoft released a few new Group Policy hot fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, below is a link to each KB article and my own short description hotfix. KB981054 The Group Policy preference settings for the “Terminal Session” item-level targeting item are not applied in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.” This is…

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