ToolTip: AD Photo Edit

Last night I came across this FREE utility called AD Photo Edit developed by Chris Wright  which allows you to upload your picture into Active Directory. The result of doing that is that people who use Outlook 2010 can see your profile picture in the mail you send them. Using AD Photo Edit is simple, just download and install the utility and launch it. Then enter your name and click the Search button. If AD Read More …

Taking Group Policy beyond what’s in the box – Part2

In my previous post I provided a brief overview of how PolicyPak can take you beyond default Group Policy management. In today’s post I am going to show you how easy it is to get PolicyPak up and running in your test environment. You can test PolicyPak on a local computer or within an Active Directory environment. Now beside the awesome things PolicyPak can do, what I really like about this solution is that it Read More …

Using OpenSSH to access your Data @ Home

Today I want to show you one of the many possibilities to access your data remotely that you have stored on your home PC or Server using OpenSSH. Before going into the details let’s have a short look at my setup. The Remote Network is can be at a friends place, in the office or a public hotspot where my notebook has either a public or private network IP address. Within the Home network we Read More …

Taking Group Policy beyond what’s in the box – Part1

Group Policy is a fundamental part of a managed Windows infrastructure. Using Group Policy Objects (GPO) allows IT administrators to configure and lock down clients and servers providing a standardized and secure environment. But despite the fact that Group Policy technology is around since the introduction of Windows 2000 its use seems to be limited to the Windows operating system and Microsoft Application product suite. Unfortunately not many 3rd party software vendors provide built-in Group Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Screenrecorder

If you’re looking for a FREE and easy to use Screen Recorder then I suggest you head over to this TechNet Magazine March 2009 Utility Spotlight article. There you will find a description and download link for this little nice tool. If you’re using Windows 7, which I assume most of you do by now, read the note that the end of the article.

How to disable Office Ribbon Items using Group Policy

Today I am going to show you how to disable a Ribbon Item using Group Policy, Okay, what’s the deal you might think, simply find the item within the Office GPO settings and enable it. Right,almost, it’s just that Microsoft didn’t list all possible settings within the Office ADMX/ADML file, probably because there are too many of them. But there is a setting called “Disable command bar buttons and menu items” that you can enable Read More …

All you need to know about Group Policy versioning

Ever wondered how the Group Policy versioning works? Below you find a number of articles and resources that provide a good insight how GPO versioning works. Group Policy Team Blog – Understanding the Domain based GPO version number TechNet – Displaying Version Properties of a Group Policy Object MSDN – Group Policy: Core Protocol Specification (Details in section 3.3.5)

ToolTip: Copy Handler

You probably know that problem, you’ve started copying a bunch of files or folders from A to B and BANG at some stage you get an error or maybe you just have to move to another place and don’t have network connectivity for a short while. Copy Handler can help here. Although Copy Handler also supports “moving” data, I do personally actually never move data, but rather first copy and then delete. Well possible that Read More …