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How to use Group Policy to disable USB drives on Windows XP

In my previous article “How to use Group Policy to make USB drives read only on Windows XP” I showed you you could configure Windows XP to prevent users from writing to USB block level devices. However for some organisations just making drives read only is not enough I have heard stories of them having to resort to using hot…

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How to use Group Policy to Enabled/Disable Outlook 2010 Social Connector (a.k.a. People Pane)

There is an awesome new feature coming in Outlook 2010 call the Outlook Social Connector (a.k.a. People Pane) that allows you to view all the recent relevant status updates and emails from that person. This feature also enables third parties (i.e. Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin) to make connectors so that the view can contain information from a variety of sources….

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 14 – Prevent access to registry editing tools

This weeks setting is another is another oldie but a goodie that is commonly used to lock down SOE’s so that users can use the registry editor. It is called “Prevent access to registry editing tools” which us a user setting found under User Configuration > Policies > Administrative Template > System and will work on all platforms since Windows…

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How to use Group Policy to make USB drives read only on Windows XP

One of the great new features with Windows 7 was Bitlocker to Go that enabled IT Administrators to ensure that all data written to USB drives is encrypted. In conjunction with this new feature Microsoft also added another option called “Deny write access to removable drives not protected by BitLocker” which allowed user to still read the files off USB…

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Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Replace Mode | CB5 Blog

Now all three post’s by Rich Crandall showing in great detail the modes of Group Policy Loopback. Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Normal Mode Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Merge Mode Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Replace Mode

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Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Merge Mode | CB5 Blog

Rich has just posted Part 2 of the in depth look at at loopback group policy processing has just been posted. Check it out at CB5 Blog | Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Merge Mode

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Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Normal Mode | CB5 Blog

Ever wanted to know how loopback group policy really worked. Well Rich Crandall on the CB5 Blog has just done a the first post in a three part series talking about how loopback policy is applied. Check it out at CB5 Blog | Loopback Policy Processing Debug Series – Normal Mode

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Group Policy Setting of the Week 13 – Files

This week I have selected the Group Policy preference “Files” setting which can be found under either Users or Computers > Preferences > Windows Settings > Files. I commonly see the file update option used where a licence file or a single .exe application needs to be updated on all the computers in an organisation. Here a central copy of…

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