Skype Group Policy Settings

Just recently one of our customers requested the Skype (Business version) Application to be packaged for software distribution, so I wondered what the status is these days with regard to locking down Skype with Group Policy. Well the results are sobering. Despite the fact that Skype is part of Microsoft since a while, there has not been much progress in making Skype more Group Policy aware. The settings that can be configured using Group Policy 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 …

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 …

Creating a Steady State for Windows 7

For those who manage Windows XP or Windows Vista computers in a school computer lab, internet cafe or library, Microsoft provides a tool called Windows SteadyState. If you want to know more about Windows SteadyState then I recommend reading the Windows SteadyState Handbook or FAQ. But hey, who cares about Windows XP or Vista nowadays? What about Windows 7? Well unfortunately Windows SteadyState doesn’t support Windows 7 and it appears that Microsoft has no plans Read More …