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How to use Group Policy to remove the Network Connectivity Status Indicator message in your network icon

Windows has a cool feature that allows you to tell if your computer has Internet connectivity when you are connected to a network (see image below). This feature is called Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) it uses a combination of DNS and/or HTTP look ups to tell if you are connected to the Internet. The way does this is either…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 17 – Background upload of a roaming user profile’s registry file while user is logged on

Another one…? yes… Another roaming profiles group policy for this weeks setting of the week. But this is a really super cool policy I found while reading the “What’s New in Folder Redirection and User Profiles” (via @stealthpuppy ) document that Microsoft recently published. This document mainly goes through the new features with folder redirections in Windows 7 however it…

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Hotfix: The "Desktop Wallpaper" Group Policy setting is not applied in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

Just stumbled across this Microsoft KB that seem like a fairly common problem that may affect anyone who tries to apply a desktop wallpaper to a Windows 7 computer via Group Policy. Description: In an Active Directory domain network environment, you apply a “Desktop Wallpaper” Group Policy setting to the domain users. However, the setting is not applied to domain…

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How to use Group Policy to restore missing second printer in Windows 7

Aamer Shedam from Microsoft’s Ask the Performance Team has just blogged about how Windows 7 will only show one printer in “Devices and Printers” if you have that same two printers installed on the one computer (see below). If your an IT Administrator and you want to configured the “Printer” view in Windows Explorer to show an icon for each…

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Updated: How to download and install the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)

One of the common task that Group Policy administrators need to do is download and install the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) on their computer to allow them to make changes to Group Policy. This tool is by default not installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. Below I first go through the Windows 7 and then the…

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