Posted in Best Practice Security Tutorials

Group Policy for Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft have just announced they will allow small business with less that 10 seats to use Microsoft Security Essentials for free. But even having to configured 10 copies of Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) can be a pain so below is a quick tutorial on how you can Group Policy Enable Microsoft Security Essentials. Update: Microsoft have now updated their Microsoft…

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Run As Radio (Podcast) – Listen to me talk about Group Policy Preferences

On my recent trip to New Zealand to speak a TechEd 2010 I managed to record a podcast with Richard Campbell for the RunAs Radio podcast. The conversation explores how group policy can now be used to map drives, printers and other features, leading to the virtual elimination of login scripts. If you would like to listen to the podcast…

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Posted in TechEd Video

TechEd 2010 AU – Desktop Security with Windows 7 Applocker, Bitlocker, Forefront End Point Protection

Here is another one of my TechEd 2010 Australia sessions… Description: Managing Desktop Security is more than just installing scanning software, it’s about managing the applications, the data and ensuring the environment is monitored. In this session we look at AppLocker for to help you decide which ones to allow and which ones to squelch. Then at securing data both…

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TechEd 2010 AU – Unlock the Awesome Power of Group Policy Preferences in your environment

The video of my Australian TechEd Group Policy Preferences session is now online and its in h264 so you will should be able to play it back you iPad, iPhone or any other HTML5 browser without the need for a plugin. Description: This demo-heavy session illustrates how to use new features in Group Policy to do things that will make…

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 41 – Prevent the computer from joining a Homegroup

Last week I talked about the “Remove Homegroup link from the Start Menu” option that removed removed the links from the start menu to the Homegroup option without it being disabled. However the setting by itself does not stop a computer from joining a homegroup. So this weeks setting is of course called “Prevent the computer from joining a Homegroup”…

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This site now supports Internet Explorer 9 Pinned Sites and Jump List Task

According to my web tracking on this site at least 10% of you are now running IE9 (beta) that has just been released to the web. So for all you people on the cutting edge I have just implement some of the cool new Internet Explore 9 features on my web site so that you can pin this site to…

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How to delegate AD permission to Organisational Units using the PowerShell command Add-QADPermission

Recently, I have been working a lot with PowerShell to automate the creation of a full AD site OU structure (with Group Policy and all) along with all the necessary delegated permissions. One of the limitation of the out of the box AD PowerShell commands is there is no easy way (but apparently there is a really hard way) to…

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Internet Explorer 9 (Beta) Group Policy Settings

Microsoft has now released to the public (download it here) the newest version of Internet Explorer 9 Beta to the public. If you want to know more about the new features in IE9 then i recommend that you check out http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ to see some of the fantastic stuff that this browser enables. If the new functionality alone is not enough…

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