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How to configure AppLocker Group Policy in Windows 7 to block third-party browsers

One of the problem that face IT Administrators today is keeping up with all the security updates you need to deploy to your computers to keep them secure. This is even more exacerbated by the very large number of security updates associate with running multiple browsers. Also having multiple browsers on network could mean that you have totally patched one…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 22 – Enable Transparent Caching (Offline Files)

This week is another setting that controls a new offline files settings that was introduced in Windows 7 and this setting seems to be nothing short of AMAZING!!! This setting is used to “Enabled Transparent Caching” and can be found under Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Networks > Offline Files. Unfortunately I have not had a chance…

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How to use Group Policy to make Windows 7 90% more secure

BeyondTrust has just come out with a white paper entitled “90% of Critical Microsoft Windows 7 Vulnerabilities are Mitigated by Eliminating Admin Rights”. This paper has some very interesting statistics around the percentages of security issues that are mitigate if a users is not running as administrator. • 90% of Critical Windows 7 vulnerabilities reported to date • 100% of…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 22 – Configure Background Sync (offline files)

This weeks setting of the week is second is another one of the new Windows 7 offline file settings called “Configure Background Sync” which can be found under Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Networks > Offline Files.  This setting allows you to configured the new Windows 7 feature that background sync’s offline file when a computer is…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 20 – Exclude File form being cached

This weeks setting is a new configuration setting in Offline Files called “Exclude files form being cached”. This setting can be used by IT administrators to block any un-wanted file types from being made available for offline use. You can find this setting under Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Network > Office Files and it will only…

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How to use Group Policy to black/white list wireless networks in Vista & Windows 7

I have seen an number of posts form IT Administrators on the Microsoft Group Policy forums asking how prevent their users from connecting to a wireless network. Maybe it is because they have an open WIFI network on the floor above that users keep connecting to so they can by pass the proxy server URL restrictions or they don’t want…

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Tweet now for more Windows 7 Libraries Group Policies @gpteam

One of the features in Windows 7 that is sadly lacking are any Group Policies that can be used to configure an IT administrator to configure is the Libraries feature. Well an article on the Bink.nu web has started a wish list for new features to be include with Service Pack 1 and one is the ability to configured libraries…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 19 – Set roaming profile path for all users logging onto this computer

Back to another profile setting this week and this one can save any organisation using Windows Vista or greater a lot of time if you manual provision your accounts. The setting is called “Set roaming profile path for all users logging onto this computer” and it configures the users roaming profile path that is normally configured on a per account…

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