Archive for Group Policy


At last year’s Tech-Ed TechNet Magazine gave away a really cool Active Directory Jigsaw puzzle.  I just saw that it is now available online to download.  I think it is a great resource for everyone who interacts with Active Directory to look at.  Check out the full version here in PDF format.  Just a warning the full files is almost 9Mbs.


AD Jigsaw

Although I really like what Microsoft has done with Server Manager in Windows Server Longhorn, it gets rather annoying having it pop up every time I log on.  I”m sure there are easier ways to stop this but being a Directory Services MVP I thought it would be best to calm this down with a Group Policy…or two.  Enjoy:


Setting name:
Do not open Initial Configuration Tasks window automatically at logon
Location:
Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystemServer Manager


Setting name:
Do not open Server Manager automatically at logon
Location:
Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesSystemServer Manager


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Jul
05
Filed Under (Group Policy) by on 05-07-2006

Here are some great webcasts for those looking to learn more about Group Policy.  There are webcasts of all levels from low to high on all subjects related to Group Policy.  Best yet…they are all free.

On-demand Webcasts for Group Policy.


TechNet Webcast: Introduction to Group Policy (Part 1 of 14) (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Applying Group Policy (Part 2 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Creating and Editing Group Policy Objects (Part 3 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Managing Group Policy with GPMC (Part 4 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Managing Group Policy Operations with the GPMC (Part 5 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Processing Behavior-Initial Processing of GPOs (Part 6 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Processing Behavior-Using Objects to Affect GP (Part 7 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Administrative Templates (Part 8 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy—From Basic to Advanced (Part 9 of 14)—Security with Group Policy—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy—From Basic to Advanced (Part 10 of 14)—Security Templates and IPSEC—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Designing and Planning Group Policy (Part 11 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Managing Your Group Policy Environment with GPMC (Part 12 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Troubleshooting Group Policy (Part 13 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Best Practices (Part 14 of 14)—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy (Part 1 of 2): Best Practices and Tips and Tricks (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy (Part 2 of 2): Tools, Utilities, and Third Party Solutions (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Power Hour: All About RSOP (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Power Hour: GPMC Goodies—Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Group Policy Power Hour: Old School vs. New School – Level 200


TechNet Webcast: Server and Domain Isolation Using IPsec and Group Policies (Level 300)


TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy on Windows Server 2003 (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 1 of 3) (Level 200)


TechNet Webcast: Understanding Group Policy (Part 2 of 3) (Level 200)

May
24
Filed Under (Group Policy) by on 24-05-2006

I had an issue today where I had to lock down a server using a group policy.  In this scenario I had to remove a lot of the Control Panel applets but not all of them.  Hopefully this list will help you lock down your Control Panel as well.  By the way, you could just search for *.CPL files and find all of them.  This could be useful for future operating systems released by Microsoft.



  • access.cpl: Accessibility Properties

  • appwiz.cpl: Add/Remove Programs Properties

  • desk.cpl: Display Properties

  • hdwwiz.cpl: Add Hardware Wizard

  • inetcpl.cpl: Internet Explorer Properties

  • intl.cpl: Regional Settings Properties

  • joy.cpl: Joystick Properties

  • main.cpl: Mouse Properties

  • mmsys.cpl: Multimedia Properties

  • modem.cpl: Modems Properties

  • ncpa.cpl: Network Connections

  • powercfg.cpl: Power Options

  • sysdm.cpl: System Properties

  • timedate.cpl: Time/Date Properties

Apr
28

Windows Vista has a great new feature that will allow you to disable the use of external devices like USB drives, and/or CD/DVD drives.


Take a look at this walk-through to read up on how you can do it.




Apr
14

Most of you are probably aware that you can update the ADM files that come with the OS to get the latest and greatest policy settings from Microsoft. You may not already know that Office 2003 has a set of ADM files that you can load into Group Policy and now use those ADM files to configure Office settings on your client machines.

Download the ADM
here.


Included in your download will be the following ADMs:


  • ADM File————-Product

  • OFFICE11.ADM —-Microsoft Office 2003

  • ACCESS11.ADM —Microsoft Office Access 2003

  • EXCEL11.ADM–—-Microsoft Office Excel 2003

  • FP11.ADM———Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003

  • GAL11.ADM——-Microsoft Clip Organizer

  • INF11.ADM——–Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003

  • ONENT11.ADM—–Microsoft Office OneNote 2003

  • OUTLK11.ADM——Microsoft Office Outlook 2003

  • PPT11.ADM———-Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

  • PUB11.ADM——–Microsoft Office Publisher 2003

  • WORD11.ADM—–Microsoft Office Word 2003

Realize that when you add these ADM files into your gpedit.msc you will literally add thousands of Group Policies based on Office 2003. These settings should give you the ability to configure just about anything you want within Office.