Windows SBS 2011 Essentials GPO Add-In RTM

The Official SBS Blog is reporting that they’ve finished the “Windows 7 Professional Pack for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Add-In”. (Whew! Gotta love those snappy titles we get these days!) This is also known as the “GPO Plug-in) for those of us who’ve played with it a bit. The download will be available on August 12th.

The goal of the Add-In is to allow you to easily set group policies for clients on your SBS Essentials network, including security settings, folder redirection, automatic updates and others. Of course, these GPOs won’t work with non-Windows clients, nor will they work with Home editions of Windows, since these clients aren’t actually joined to the SBS Essentials domain.  Yet another reason I strongly believe that businesses need to be running a business edition of Windows.

If you’re running Windows SBS Essentials, I think you’ll find this Add-In a useful addition. It doesn’t do anything you couldn’t do manually yourself, but it sure makes it a lot easier to do it! And Sharon has a whole section on Group Policies in our Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book, which should be available by the end of August.

2 Responses to Windows SBS 2011 Essentials GPO Add-In RTM

  • David says:

    Hi, Charlie, Sharon, and Andrew.

    I’m working through your book “Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials”. Great Job!

    I’m half-way through and this is the first question I have, so that’s pretty good.

    In Chapter 12, “Installing and Sharing Printers” – “Setting Security Options” – “Group Priorities and Printer Availability” “Creating a Logical Printer” (p.175), I’ve followed your instructions and, instead of creating a new logical printer, the system just renames the existing physical printer. Any idea what’s gone wrong?

    The printer is a Kodak 6150 Ink-jet All-in-one. Rather than installing from the Windows interface, I had to use the Kodak-supplied installer.