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Group Policy Preferences Password Behaviour Change – MS14-025

A number of month ago I did a blog post explaining why the use of passwords (a.k.a. cPasswords)  in  Group Policy Preferences was such a bad idea ( see Why Passwords in Group Policy Preference are VERY BAD). Well Microsoft have now taken the additional steps and now release a new hot fix for Group Policy Management Console that explicitly…

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How to setup Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode Logging

In my recent blog post about Internet Explorer 11 I explain how you can enable Enterprise Mode via Group Policy. The option “Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu” as the name suggest allows users to enable the option form the Tools menu in Internet Explorer. But as the description of this also mentions: Optionally,…

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How to use Group Policy to enable or disable the Power Button on Touch (a.k.a Slate) devices for Windows 8.1 Update

If you have updated your touch/slate device to Windows 8.1 Update you will have noticed that the Search button has appeared on your start menu but not the power button. If you were wondering how to enable this button then unfortunately there is no easy way to do this as it is dictated by the type of hardware that you are…

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Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode via Group Policy

With the release of Windows 8.1 Update Microsoft has introduced a new feature Internet Explorer Enterprise Mode. This allows admins to assign via Group Policy a way to force web site to render using specific browser modes. Internet Explorer has has a long heritage and each new version of the browser shipped has had the rendering engine of the previous…

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How to use Group Policy to configure “Always switch to new tabs when they are created” in Internet Explorer

There is a setting in Internet Explorer that is called “Always switch to new tabs when they are created” which as the name suggests controls how tabs in the browser are created. This setting can of course be controlled via Group Policy so that tabs will either appear in the background or foreground in the browser when a user opens…

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How to target Group Policy to Virtual Computers

Fellow Australian and Microsoft Hyper-V Program Manager Ben Armstrong (a.k.a. Virtual PC Guy) has just published a blog explaining how you can deploy group policy object to be only targeting to virtual servers (see Targeting Group Policy at Hyper-V VMs). To do this he explains that you can create a WMI query filter that means the Group Policy object will…

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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 apply. To install both of…

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Why Passwords in Group Policy Preference are VERY BAD

A long time ago did a blog post explaining how to use the Group Policy Preferences Local Users setting to manager the password of the local accounts. This post explained how to do it  in a way that minimised the exposure of the password in Active Directory (see  How to use Group Policy Preferences to change account Passwords ) for…

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