How to identify orphan Group Policy content within the Sysvol folder

G’day everyone. Today I was working on a Microsoft Security Configuration baseline implementation and while browsing through the Sysvol folder I got the impression that there are less GPO objects stored within AD compared to the number of GPO content Read More …

How to enable Group Policy Preferences Logging via the Local Group Policy Editor

When opening the local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) you will notice that on a default Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise client there is no logging and tracing node for Group Policy Preferences logging underneath the Group Policy node. The reason for Read More …

How to partially remove the SkyDrive option in Office 2013 using Group Policy

If you have tried out the Office 2013 Preview you probably noticed the SkyDrive integration within the File Open and Save dialogs in Word, Excel and other Office Applications. Personally have started using SkyDrive all the time, but I can Read More …

The Group Policy Setting “Verbose vs normal status messages” has a new name in Windows 8

If you want to show your users more details of what is going on during start, logon, logoff and shutdown of a system you can enable a Group Policy setting that is called “Verbose vs normal status messages’ in Windows Read More …

GPO Template for UE-V SettingsTemplateCatalogPath configuration

To simplify my testing activities with Microsoft’s User Experience Virtualization (UE-V( Beta, I created a Group Policy template that configures the User’s SettingsTemplateCatalogPath. The SettingsTemplateCatalogPath is the location where UE-V looks for new or updated templates once a day. The Read More …

ReadTip: Group Policy Central Access Policies Extension Specification

If you are interested in Group Policy stuff, here’s a new Open Specifications Documentation for Group Policy: Central Access Policies Extension that appears to be something new coming with Windows 8. To be honest with you, I guess I need Read More …

Windows 8 – New GPO stuff

I have just compared the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder on the Widows 8 preview build with a Windows 7 Enterprise build. And unless I missed one, the below ADMX/ADML files are new. AppxPackageManager.admx dam.admx DeviceCompat.admx EAIME.admx EarlyLaunchAM.admx EdgeUI.admx ExternalBoot.admx msched.admx ProximityCommon.admx srm-fci.admx Read More …

Group Policy Settings for Microsoft Lync 2010 Client

Just in case you missed this one, Microsoft released documentation and an ADM template for the Microsoft Lync 2010 client. The following settings can be configured. Specify transport and server Enable strict DNS naming for server name Configure SIP security Read More …