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The complete list of Group Policy Hotfix’s in Windows 7/2008 R2 Service Pack 1

The beta of Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 beta has now been released to the public for testing. For your benefit I have parsed through the complete list of hotfixes and I have listed out all the group policy specific setting. If you just want the service pack right now you can download it here http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx I have…

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MSDN: Group Policy Search (Out Now)

Microsoft have just released a web site that allows you to search for any group policy setting.  You can either do a key word search or just browse particular setting. Using a web site like this is a lot easier than having to crack open an existing Group Policy Object to see what policy settings there are available. The URL…

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Group Policy Hotfix Round Up – 22/4/2010 to 28/4/2010

Just a single new hot fix has come out this week that affects group policy… 981704 The file name of an ADM file is displayed incorrectly in the GPMC report in Windows Vista or in Windows Server 2008 This hotfix resolves a problem with a GPO report in the Group Policy Management Console showing as “Extra Registry Settings” if you…

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More Group Policy hot fixes

Just found out about a few more hot fixes that Microsoft recently released for Group Policy. KB979621 A removable storage device is disabled when you enable a Group Policy to deny write access or to deny read access to the device on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 Fixes an issues with removable storage devices…

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New Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Group Policy hotfix round up

Last week Microsoft released a few new Group Policy hot fixes for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, below is a link to each KB article and my own short description hotfix. KB981054 The Group Policy preference settings for the “Terminal Session” item-level targeting item are not applied in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.” This is…

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Out Now: Microsoft Office 2010 Group Policy Settings Reference

Microsoft have just released the reference spreadsheet that outline all the new and removed Group Policy settings. The spreadsheet also has a Non-Versioned section that shows all the is setting that write directly to the registry (a.k.a. Non-Managed). This is a really good sign that Microsoft Office 2010  is very close to RTM. You can download the spreadsheet for your…

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Microsoft Security Essentials definitions now available on WSUS

Microsoft have now started to release definition updates to Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) via WSUS. This now allows any corporate that is running WSUS to centrally deploy pattern updated from a single server. While most corporation probably will not have MSE deployed in their environment it might still be worth while to enable to ensure any fringe cases of computers…

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How to use Group Policy to make Windows 7 90% more secure

BeyondTrust has just come out with a white paper entitled “90% of Critical Microsoft Windows 7 Vulnerabilities are Mitigated by Eliminating Admin Rights”. This paper has some very interesting statistics around the percentages of security issues that are mitigate if a users is not running as administrator. • 90% of Critical Windows 7 vulnerabilities reported to date • 100% of…

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