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Changes to how the Start Menu is Managed using Group Policy

Matt Call from Microsoft has just blog the different with describes the impact of no longer being able to customise the Windows Start menu using the Default Users Profile. In case you did not know you could previously set a users start menu by baking the layout into the Windows OS image default users profile by using a CopyProfile process….

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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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Blocked Site Based GPO due to Blocked SOM

I recently came across a problem with applying a site linked GPO to some Citrix servers that were giving Blocked SOM (see below) as the reason for being denied. For the longest time I could not figure out why the GPO was being blocked. It was then with some help that I found out that the computer was in an…

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Managing ADMX and ADML files for Windows 10

How to manage missing Group Policy settings with the new ADMX/ADML files from Microsoft.

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Microsoft will not be releasing Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10 Redstone 2

Every time Microsoft releases a version of Windows 10 they also release a new version of the Remote Server Admin Tools. These tools are of course very important for any Group Policy Administrator as they contain the latest version of the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). However, with this release of Windows 10 history is going to change. This time,…

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Microsoft Releases ADMX Version History Spreadsheet

Microsoft has released a spreadsheet that tracks the changes between different releases of Group Policy ADMX files.

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Windows Update for Business Group Policy Changes for Windows 10 1607

If you have deployed Windows 10 to your organisation then you might be familiar with the new Group Policy setting that allowed you to defer the upgrade of Windows 10. These policy setting also know as “Windows Update for Business” allows you to delay by up to 8 months the OS upgrade that Microsoft delivers to you via Windows Update (see below)….

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Office 2016 Administration Templates and Conversion Tool

In case you missed it the Office 2016 ADMX templates are no longer part of the Office Resource Kit like previous version. You can download the ADMX files here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49030 Also, if you have a bunch of Office 2013 GPO setting you want to copy across to Office 2016 policy you can also there is a PowerShell script on GitHub…

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