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New Microsoft Edge MDM and Group Policy Settings

Microsoft just documented the new policy setting for Microsoft Edge. These settings can be configured via both MDM and Group Policy. To get use the policy settings you need to be running at least Windows 10 Preview build 17718. Then you can then install Group Policy management Console (now part of Core OS) and trial the new Policy settings. For a…

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Microsoft releases V2 of the Windows 1803 Administrative Templates Pack

Back in May 2018 Microsoft released the Windows 1803 ADMX/ADML file pack . This was par for the course as with each release of Windows Microsoft would also release a new version of the ADMX/ADML Administrative Templates Pack.  However, the release in May could cause an error in GPMC if you had previously had an old version of the SerachOCR.ADMX…

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Remote Server Admin Tools Now provided in Windows 10

If you have followed this blog you would know that the Remote Server Admin Tools are an essential set of tools for managed Group Policy, Active Directory and almost all other core components of Windows Server. These tools can be installed on demand if you are running Windows Server. But if you wanted to do the remote management from a…

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Windows 10 1803 Group Policy and Security Baseline Template

The latest version of the Windows 10 1803 security templates have been released to the public. These are the new Microsoft recommend guidance for securing Windows in an organisation. These settings are normally tighter than the Out of the Box settings, but are normally acceptable in a workplace environment. Historically these used to be available via the Microsoft Security Management…

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Group Policy Updated to support 20 Character Minimum Password Length

Until recently it was not possible to set the default domain password length via GPMC to anything longer that 14 characters (see below). This limit was enforced via the UI but it was possible to set a password value longer manually if the user chose a longer password. Most likely the reason that this limit was enforced was that the…

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Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 10 1803

Microsoft has now release the production version of the Remote Server Admin Tools. These are of course the essential tools that for managing Group Policy (and many other server functions). As I always remind you it is imperative that you always have the latest version of GPMC as this is the most current version of the Group Policy tools. You…

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How to fix SearchOCS.ADMX Error after upgrade to Windows 1803 ADMX files

With the recent release of the Windows 10 1803 Microsoft also released a new version of the ADMX/ADML files that corresponds to the new Group Polices with the OS (see https://www.grouppolicy.biz/2018/05/administrative-template-for-windows-10-1803/ ) . Normally upgrading these policy files are as simple overwriting them into your “PolicyDefinitions” folder in your SYSVOL. However the SearchOCR.ADMX file that is not part of the…

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What is Windows Admin Center

Have you ever found it hard to figure out what tool you need to manage Windows, sometime it’s an MMC other times you need to go via Control Panel or you need to launch Server Manager? To help with this Microsoft has now released Windows Admin Center so that IT admin can now use a single UI pane to manage…

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