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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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Administrative Template for Windows 10 1803

With every new version of Windows Microsoft releases more Group Policy settings to support newer features. Ever since the release of Windows 7 all the new Group Policy settings have been exclusive released as Administrative Templates. These Administrative Templates (a.k.a. ADMX) files are text files that are used to define the Group Policy Administrative Template settings. There are always two…

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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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How to implement the ASD Essential 8 via Group Policy

The Australian Government Department called the Australian Signals Directorate has a list of mitigation strategies that is used to help protect IT system against security risks. This list is called the “ASD Essential 8“. While this its generated by the Australian Government department it is an excellent starting point for securing any organisation or government IT Assets. The really great…

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Remote Server Admin Tools (a.k.a RSAT) for Windows 10 v1803 Redstone 4

Microsoft has release a new version of the Windows 10 Remote Server Admin Tools for builds of Windows 10 17110 or higher. While it was normally practice for Microsoft to release a new RSAT version with every release of a Windows client OS in recent years they have been releasing these tools less frequently (see http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2017/04/microsoft-will-not-be-releasing-remote-server-admin-tools-rsat-for-windows-10-redstone-2/ ) While it does…

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Security Baseline Teamplate for Windows 10 v1803 Redstone 4 “Draft”

Microsoft has just release a draft version of the WIndows 10 1803 Security Baseline Template

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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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Group Policy Resources for Windows 10 build 1709

Windows 10 a.k.a. Redstone 3, a.k.a. 1709 a.k.a. Fall Creators Update has now been released to the public for download. If you would like to get a copy of the new version early to start testing you can download the PRO version using the Windows 10 ISO/USB download tool at https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10 . Alternatively, you can download the images from your…

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