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Out Now: Official PST to Exchange Import Tool

If you have ever had anything to do with Outlook in your organisation you will no doubt have some experience (pain) with the use of PST files. PST files are of course the main way users can store their email information on their local hard drive or network share (Network stored PST files don’t do it) thus avoiding the email…

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Out Now: Security Compliance Manager v2.5 Beta

Microsoft has just released Security Compliance Manager v2.5 beta https://connect.microsoft.com/site715/program2682 along with a heap of new security baseline for you to use to compare against your environment. In case you are not familiar with SCM then it is a great product from Microsoft that consolidates all the best practice for their software with in-depth explanation for each setting. Notably this…

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Windows 8 Group Policy Performance Troubleshooting Feature

One of the most common complaints I hear about Group Policy is that it make the log on slow… Well.. I have been using the Windows Developer Preview of Windows 8 for a while now and I have only just discovered a cool new feature that might just help address this issue. When you run a GPRESULT report on a…

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How to use Group Policy to deny executing, writing and/or reading on removable disks

Removable memory sticks are the back door for data in any organisation. BitLocker to Go can do some way to controlling this vector however you might want to simple close off all access to removable drives for all your users. So if you are running Windows 7 you will be glad to know there are a heap of Windows 7…

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Group Policy Central turns 2 – We have come a long way baby!

Approximately 2 years ago today the Group Policy Central web site went live. I am very glad to say that it has been going from strength to strength since then… I of course would like to thank all of you for visiting and coming back to my site as it is you the visitor to my site that makes all…

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How Microsoft uses AppLocker to block Bit Torrent

Microsoft has just released a report (see AppLocker Deployment at Microsoft)  describing the process they used to implementation of AppLocker via Group Policy. This was done to so that Microsoft would maintaining compliance with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by preventing all their computers from running P2P software. The report shows that after they fully rolled out the…

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How to fix AD PowerShell error “Unable to find a default server with Active Directory Web Services running.”

Today I experienced Serendipity with the error “Unable to find a default server with Active Directory Web Services running.” in PowerShell with Windows 7. This message was occurring when trying to create some new OU’s using the New-ADOrganizationalUnit command. Initially I thought it was due to not having the required Active Directory Powershell commands installed but then I realised that…

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How to reset the Default Domain Group Policy Objects (DCGPOFIX)

If you have ever read my Best Practice for Group Policy blog post then you will know that I encourage you to edit the default domain GPO’s sparingly. The only exception I would make to this rule is when you want to modify the default domain password policy but even then you can create a new password policy GPO linked…

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