How to prevent a Metro App from running using Applocker

In Windows 8 the Applocker feature has been extended to support management of metro style apps. Enterprise administrators can define a Packaged app Rule to allow or deny the installation and/or use of a particular metro style app. When opening the Group Policy editor under Computer Configuration / Windows Settings / Security Settings / Application Control Settings / Applocker there is a new node called Packaged app Rules.   To create a new rule, right Read More …

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 …

XP Mode within the Enterprise

Last week I had a Windows 7 planning meeting with one of our clients and like in any other Windows 7 related meeting that i have had in the past months with other customers, the topic about XP Mode was brought up. It appears that when speaking about application compatibility, first thing people think of is XP Mode. To be honest I don’t blame them, because when XP Mode was first introduced in April 2009 Read More …

Windows Licensing Fact Sheet

Has your organization ever acquired PCs without operating systems preinstalled, and then used its Volume Licensing agreement to install the full operating system on those PCs? Download the Windows Licensing Fact Sheet to learn more about Windows Licensing.

Windows 7 SKUs

In Windows 7 each SKU is a superset of the previous SKU. Read more about the Windows 7 SKUs on the Windows Blog “A closer look at the Windows 7 SKUs”