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

New IE Group Policy Settings for blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls

As anounced by Microsoft last week on their IEBlog Internet Explorer will start blocking out of date ActiveX controls For managed environments there are updated administrative templates for Internet Explorer to control the behaviour of the ActiveX blocking feature. Although the link brings you to a site called “Administrative Templates for Internet Explorer 11” the settings are set to work for Internet Explorer 8,9, 10 and 11. If you haven’t updated your administrative templates since Read More …

PowerShell Script – Get Group Policy events by CorrelationID

Update: 22. August 2014: I have posted an updated version of the script here. During his Group Policy: Notes from the Field – Tips, Tricks, and Troubleshooting session at TechEd Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz demonstrates how to filter the event log using the correlation ID. Now because I love using PowerShell I thought I create a function for that using Jeremy’s XMLquery.

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New Group Policy Settings for Office 365

On April 28th 2014 Microsoft finally released an fix for the Office 2013 SP1 Office customization tool as the version released with SP1 caused some issues with Lync 2013 and OneDrive for Business. But there’s more in this update.A few new Group Policy settings for Office 365 are included as well. Important. These new Group Policy settings only apply to Office 365 (click to run installations) and not to Office 2013 MSI based installations. The Read More …

Theme Configuration Group Policy support for Office 2013

As announced on the Office IT Pro blog a few days ago, there are updated Office 2013 administrative templates and Office updates that allow an administrator to pre-configure the Office 2013 Theme. The term pre-configure is important, because the setting only applies as long as the user has not changed the theme before themselves via the GUI. When configuring the Theme via Group Policy, User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Microsoft Office 2013 \ Global Read More …

Windows 8.1 Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you have used the Windows 8.1 preview build, you will have noticed that the X-Menu by default had PowerShell enabled instead of the Command Prompt.. However within the RTM release of Windows 8.1 Microsoft changed this, so now the command prompt is the default again as it was in Windows 8. To change the default back to PowerShell open the Taskbar and Navigation Properties and enable “Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the 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 this is because Group Policy Preferences can only be managed within domain based Group Policy objects and therefore a Windows 7 SP1 client does not have the Group Policy Preferences related administrative template GroupPolicyPreferences.admx installed Read More …

ConfigMgr 2012 local GPO settings

When configuring ConfigMgr 2012 client settings, notice that some of these settings result in Local Group Policy Settings being applied to the client. If you’re sure that you have not configured any other local GPOs, then a simple way to find out what settings are applied by ConfigMgr is to open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc( and filter for configured settings. When configuring the Background Intelligent Transfer Settings within ConfigMgr, the settings are applied Read More …