ToolTip: IEDigest

IEDigest is collecting all relevant Internet Explorer settings and generates a well formated HTML report. In addition to this there is an XML output as well which can be taken for comparing reports coming from different environments. This is helpfull for troubleshooting purposes when having working and non-working machines. IEDigest can also be executd in commandline mode. IEDigest can be downloaded from the Microsoft download center here. Although not fully up to date, documentation can Read More …

The GroupPolicy Xtended PowerShell Module

Good day everyone. Today I would like to share with you the Group Policy Xtended PowerShell module that i’ve written recently. Histrocially I used to have various cmdlets stored in individual files and ran them when needed, I also shared them among my peers and with the public via my blog and the Microsoft Script repository. The challenge with this approach is that it’s hard to ensure eveyone has the latest versions of the cmdlets  Read More …

ToolTip: Policy Analyzer

Aaron Margosis recently released Policy Analyzer, a utility for analyzing and comparing sets of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Here’s a brief description on how to use the tool to compare two Domain GPOs. I created two GPOs in my test domain, both starting with the name “Foo” and then configured some settings. The Policy Analyzer can import GPO settings based on a GPO backup so as a next step we create a GPO backup. The Read More …

Group Policy Template file for Windows 10 Wi-FI Sense

Wi-FI Sense is a new feature in Windows 10 that automatically connects you to suggested open hotspots or networks shared by your skype or outlook.com contacts or facebook friends. Sounds like a nice feature, but I’m sure Enterprise Security won’t be to keen about it. Microsoft has published a KB – How to configure Wi-Fi Sense on Windows 10 in an enterprise that describes the registry settings to configure for disabling Wi-FI sense. The recently Read More …

Group Policy Settings for Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10 Build 10.0.10240

Continuing exploring the Windows 10 preview builds for new Group Policy settings, I come across some new settings for the Microsoft Edge browser.   Location Setting Description Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Microsoft Edge Allows you to run scripts like Javascript This setting lets you decide whether to let people run scripts, like JavaScript. This setting is enabled by default. If you enable this setting, scripting is turned on for all Read More …

Citrix Receiver 4.3 now with ADMX support for Receiver group policy, well almost

Last night Citrix released Citrix Receiver 4.3 that includes ADMX templates to manage Citrix Receiver Group Policy settings. Microsoft introduced the ADMX templates when Vista/Server 2008 was introduced in 2006, so it was about time for Citrix to come up with template files in that format instead of the old ADM based files. After installing the Citrix Receiver 4.3 that can be downloaded from here you’ll find the new ADMX/ADML files in the following location: Read More …

Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 Build 10.0.10130

Windows 10 build 10.0.10130 brought a couple more new Group Policy settings, here they are: Location Setting Description Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Windows Update Defer Upgrade If you enable this policy setting, in Pro and Enterprise SKUs you can defer upgrades till the next upgrade period (at least a few months).       If you do not have it set you will receive upgrades once they are available that will be installed as part Read More …

Group Policy Settings in Windows 10 Build 10.0.10074

Like with every new version of the Windows operating system we can expect new Group Policy settings. Today I took a look at Windows 10 build 10.0.10074 and found the follownig settings.   Location Setting Description Computer Configuration  Windows Components  DataCollectionAndPreviewBuilds Disable user control over preview builds This policy setting determines whether users can access the preview build controls in the Advanced Options for Windows Update. These controls are located under “Choose how preview builds Read More …

Group Policy Management expanding into MDM

During the Channel 9 session “Windows 10 Client Goodness with Joe Belfiore” (at 12 minutes 04 of the recorded session)  there was an interesting comment from Joe about Group Policy Management in Widows 10. If you’re dealing with Group Policy Management today, the following comments from Joe might be of interest. What we’re trying to do in Windows 10. And here’s another case where you think of a core operating system that shares among a Read More …

Use PowerShell to Troubleshoot Group Policy

While I was on vacation last summer Ed Wilson aka Microsoft Scripting Guy asked me if I would like to write a guest post for the Hey Scripting Guy Blog. Of course !! was my immediate response. And here it is: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Troubleshoot Group Policy The script referenced can be downloaded from herehttp://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Get-GPProcessingTime-a124aaf5