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What does GPO stand for?

A GPO when referring to Microsoft Technologies is short for a Group Policy Object. A Group Policy Object is a Policy object that is saved into Active Directory that can be applied to Users of Computers. The object itself has a list of settings that can be configured by an IT Administrator and then periodically (normally every 90 minutes) gets…

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How do I open the Group Policy Managment Console?

The Group Policy Managment Console (a.k.a. GPMC) is the tool that is used to modify Group Policy Objects. By default it is not installed on Windows computers. If you are running a version of Windows before Windows 10 1803 you will need to first install the Remote Server Admin Tools (a.k.a. RSAT). This will install the nessessary file for you…

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Posted in Group Policy FAQ

What is Group Policy?

So, this is a really simple question and obvioulys for the more experience Windows IT Professional this is probably a no brainer question. However, just like eveyone else that started in the IT industry we all started know nothing so this is actually still a fairly common question for people just starting their career. Group Policy is the out of…

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Posted in Tutorials

How to apply WMI Filter to Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016

As you are probably already aware, Microsoft is soon going to be releasing the next version of Windows called… drum roll… Windows 10. Some of you might have already download the production by downloading the technical preview of Windows 10 as part of the Insider Preview. However, what you might not know is that the version number of Windows 10 is…

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Posted in Best Practice Security Tip

How to stop local administrators from bypassing Group Policy

Before I begin this article might be, for some of you, this will be well know information and it might all seem rather logical. But I continue to see questions being asked on forums as how as a Group Policy administrator can I prevent my users with local admin making a specific change or installing software/drivers on their own computer. The short answer is you…

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Posted in hotfix News Security

Vulnerability in Group Policy Fixed with MS15-011 & MS15-014

Today Microsoft published hotfix MS15-011 and MS15-014 that addressed a potential issues that could allow an man in the middle attack on computer. This vulnerability affected system that could be compromised by a man in the middle or what I like to call a “Coffee Shop Attack”. The summary is that by interfering with the traffic that is being sent…

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Posted in News

Out Now: Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Update: This final RTM version of this tool has now been released at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520 Microsoft has just released the Windows 10 Technical Preview to the public. As per normal Windows 10 has a number of admin tools installed out of the box. But on top of that there is also the Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) that can be used for…

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Work Folders Client for iPad

Work Folders which is the feature that was released with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 is a “OneDrive” like feature that allows users synchronise their “work” files on their devices. The key difference with this feature is that the files are stored on premise on the back end instead of the cloud which is far more palatable for companies…

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