Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Administrative Templates (ADMX)

Microsoft has just released the Administrative Templates (ADMX/ADML) files that allow you to configure their newest Group Policy Administrative Template setting for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on down level Operating Systems. To be clear this just enables you to edit the Group Policy objects on a down level computer, not make them …

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Out Now: Group Policy Settings spread sheet for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Internet Explorer 11

Update: It’s been pointed out that column D does represent if it is a new policy setting which has revealed many more settings. The complete reference guild to all the new Windows 8 group policy setting has now been published. A quick search through this spread sheet show there are 216 new administrative settings (27 …

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Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8.1

With yet another release of Windows (seems like it was only last year… errr… wait), Microsoft has also released a new version of the remote server admin tools (a.k.a. RSAT). RSAT allow you to install the tools needed to manage your servers from a Windows 8.1 computer. You might not think you need the RSAT …

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Native Boot to Desktop Group Policy Support for Windows 8.1

Microsoft has just released the RTM version for people who have MSDN or TechNet subscriptions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (see http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2013/09/09/attention-technet-and-msdn-subscribers-windows-server-2012-r2-available-for-download-today.aspx). The really great new about this release is that there are a few new Group Policy setting, most notably NATIVE support for IT Administrators to configured boot to desktop. The …

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Windows 8.1 Group Policy Update Performance Changes

One of the new improvements in Windows 8.1 is called Group Policy Caching (see Group Policy Caching in Windows 8.1) that makes drastic performance improvements when users are operating over high latency network links. However as with everything there is always a catch…. I have discovered in my testing of this new feature that running …

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