Group Policy is a built-in feature of the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Group Policy allows administrators to automatically configure myriad options within the OS. These policies can be configured, and applied, either locally to the computer via Local Group Policy or remotely within an ...

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What are the popular (free?) options for application deployment?

I manage a small school network with about 150 machines. I am looking for an easy way to deploy software to all the machines without having to visit each one. I've used Symantec Ghost to get the ...
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What is Group Policy and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Group Policy Basics What is Group Policy? How does it work and why should I use it? Note: This is a Question & Answer to new ...
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Group Policy installation failed error 1274

I'm trying to deploy an MSI via the Group Policy in Active Directory. But these are the errors I'm getting in the System event log after logging in: The assignment of application XStandard from ...
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What group-policies have you applied?

I have set about 10 group-policies, and it works OK. Although, it would be interesting to see what kind of things IT-administrators enforce. If you have a ton of policies, just show some, that you ...
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How to lock down Windows XP for use as an internet kiosk?

One of our clients, whose website we built, is a manufacturer of ultra-high-end bicycles. They would like to distribute kiosks -- basically, locked-down Windows XP boxes from Dell -- at some of their ...
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How is software deployed via Active Directory?

What are the steps required for deploying a software package via Active Directory / GPO?
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What is the order group policy settings are applied?

So I have been reading the document "Group Policy processing and precedence". I get that policies are applied in the order of local, site, domain, organizational unit, child organizational unit. The ...
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Windows Server 2008 mapped drives not showing on workstations?

I am running Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition with a Windows XP Pro workstation setup as a test unit. I have added an Organisational Unit called 'Misc Users' and have linked a GP called 'Basic ...
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Managing Users Logging into Multiple Workstations with Group Policy or AD Settings

Has anyone found a good way within Active Directory or Group Policy in order to prevent users from logging into multiple workstations simultaneously? As a bit of background, I currently am a System ...
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How do I grant start/stop/restart permissions on a service to an arbitrary user or group on a non-domain-member server?

We have a suite of Windows Services running on our servers which perform a bunch of automated tasks independently of one another, with the exception of one service which looks after the other ...
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Disable password complexity rule in Active Directory

Where do I go to disable the password complexity policy for the domain? I've logged onto the domain controller (Windows Server 2008) and found the option in local policies which is of course locked ...
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How do I deploy an internal certificate authority?

IE7 aggressively warns about certificate failure; we have some internal sites that run over HTTPS and thus need a valid cert. We appear to have an certificate authority on the intranet that can sign ...
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'Windows Update' Best Practices

I'm finding that most users ignore the "There are updates ready to be installed, click here to install" message that WSUS pushes out. Until now we haven't forced the install but I'm thinking about ...
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Disabling IE add-ons and toolbars with Group Policy?

I'd love to have the peace of mind of knowing that none of my desktops have toolbars, "browser helpers" or any other crap like that running. Has anybody done this successfully with Group Policy? I ...
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Locked myself out of Group Policy Editor

I set 'only allow certain applications' restrictions and accidentally applied them across the board to all accounts. Now I'm restricted to only running a browser and can't run the group policy editor! ...
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How do I deploy MS hotfix KB959628 exe/msp via a gpo easily?

I have been given a Microsoft hotfix that I need to deploy over the entire domain. I want to use GPO as the users do not have admin rights and Office was not deployed from an administrative point. It ...
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What security context does the Group Policy engine run under on Windows?

More specifically… I would like to create a policy that runs a login script to copy a file from a share to a local folder. What account do I need to grant access to on the share in order for the ...
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Unable to restore a backup GPO in Active Directory

I have only recently downloaded the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager and created several "profiles" and exported them as "GPO Backup (folder). No problems there.. Now I have copied the folders ...
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Is it possible to add a local user to the admins group through group policy?

I'd like to have a local user in the admins group for when the computer isn't connected to the domain. Currently I use a start up script to create the user and add it to the admins group. Is there a ...
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Add Group Policy by Script

I'm trying to make it easy to add a LogOff script to Group Policy and am having difficulty finding any information on adding Group Policy via script. I already have the script I want to run at ...
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How to do folder redirection

I am using the instructions found here: http://www.informit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=windowsserver&seqNum=61 on a windows 2008 machine. My question is in regard to this step: 2.From the left ...
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Networkmapping script (VBS) Vista doesn't work, XP does

I've got a weird problem, (like always :p ) Okay: Situation: Windows 2003 domain with XP clients. With a GPO I'm running a VBS script on login to map a few drives. This works great on XP, but not on ...
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How can I restrict the java plugin to run only on certain sites in Internet Explorer?

I want to secure our centrally managed computers better and it is very difficult to automatically deploy the java runtime, but how to do that is another question. I find the security of Java ...
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Mapping printers using Group Policy Preferences; works on Windows XP, not on Windows 7 x64

I'm trying to use Group Policy Preferences to manage user connections to shared printers. The print server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Std edition. Several printers are installed, and I've added x64 ...
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Deploying Printers to Computers vs. Users via GPO

When I deploy a printer to a computer it only seems to deploy to our Windows XP machines. If I deploy to users it deploys to our Windows XP and 7 machines. When I look in the RSoP Snap-in it shows the ...
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Conficker: Should steps taken in group policy to secure against virus remain?

We got nailed two weeks ago by Conficker, I ran through the 26 step checklist from Mircrosoft on my own computer, as well as on our domain server. It says near the end to reverse all the changes, but ...
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I deployed Flash Player via a Software Installation policy. How to upgrade?

I have a Windows Server 2008 machine as my DC. Earlier this year I created a Software Installation GPO to deploy Adobe Flash Player plugin MSI. I assigned the policy to the computers, about half run ...
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Managing self-updating Windows software in GPO-deployed packages

Being very new to Windows software distribution for a small network (<50 clients) I was wondering how software packages like Adobe's Reader or Java are handled. I can deploy them as MSIs via group ...
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Group policy preferences that only target 32bit or 64bit os

I am currently deploying some files through GPP to a folder under program files. I now have to differ between a 64bits and 32bits os. What is the easy way to filter out what computer to target with ...
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Disable Windows Server Network Locations

I'm not sure what exactly this feature is called. But in Windows Server 2008, it has the Vista Public/Private/Domain locations. This makes sense for laptops, and none at all for servers. My problem ...
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How do I add a URL with a Windows Group Policy into a client's “Local Intranet Zone”?

I'm trying to add a specific web server URL into the local Intranet Zone on my client PCs using a Group Policy. Any ideas what policy to apply? I can do it via the Internet Explorer Internet ...
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Is it possible to use Group Policy to grant the permission to manage Windows services?

Is it possible to use Group Policy to grant the permission to manage Windows services? I would really like to know if this is even possible, and if so, where do you recommend I look for more ...
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Diagnosing why a Group Policy Object is inaccessible

I have a Windows Server 2003 domain. One of the Group Policy Objects appears as a linked item in an OU but all I can see if the Unique ID and that the Link Status is Enabled. There is a red minus icon ...
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Are there any tools to do change management with Active Directory / Group Policy?

We seem to be having a lot of problems related to "forgetting some mundane detail" while managing our Group Policy settings in Active Directory, so I am curious as to whether there are any ...
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How can I export all group policies to a easily-parseable format?

I need to dump all the Group Policies within Active Directory to review offline at a later date. Is there a way I can easily export all the Group Policies to text or some other easily-parseable ...
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Printers deployed using Group Policy?

I am trying to deploy three printers on our network. I have added the role of Print and Document Services to our Domain Controller and then added the printers. I have right clicked on the printers ...
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Changing IE Home Page through GPO?

Seems this should be simple, but I'm unable to find the combination of GPO options to default the home page so that the user can't change it, but to let them add any of their own home pages to the ...
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Is Active Directory Unreliable or is there Another Issue Here?

We have an organization of approximately 1200 Windows PC clients on an Active Directory network. We have noticed that there seems to be random systems that don't get policies set. For example, we ...
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Strange Folder Redirection

I've recently inherited a client who has a folder redirection policy GPO and home paths specified through user attributes in AD. Now the strange thing is, I have literally no idea how it is working. ...
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Windows 2008 R2 CA and auto-enrollment: how to get rid of >100,000 issued certificates?

The basic problem I'm having is that I have >100,000 useless machine certificates cluttering up my CA, and I'd like to delete them, without deleting all certs, or time jumping the server ahead, and ...
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Correct way to update Google Chrome MSI through Group Policy

I am deploying Chrome through group policy. This is working fine. Obviously Chrome has a pretty regular update cycle. I am not allowing Domain Users to install Chrome updates. Having subscribed to ...
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Installing MSI via Group Policy in a Fully Unattended Way

I have some MSI files I would like to install via Group Policy. Does anyone know how to do this or know a document that explains how to do this that meets the following criteria: When installed by ...
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“Touching” software deployment group policy programmatically or via script

I have an internal application that uses the Windows Installer. Each update to this application is a "major upgrade" (different product code, same upgrade code) and it calls RemoveExistingProducts. ...
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How to disable autocomplete for passwords in IE8 via GPO?

In IE6 there was a registry key hidden away that would allow you to enable autocomplete but only for usernames, not passwords. This key no longer has any effect in IE8. I can either enable or disable ...
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Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO CN={31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}

I'm in the middle of a "swing" migration from Windows SBS 2003 to Server 2003 Standard. It's going okay so far but we're getting event 1058 on client machines: Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini ...
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How to do exceptions in Group Policy?

We're implementing Group Policy for the first time at our organization and have some questions about best practices and capabilities. We've already done some work and want to see if there is a better ...
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Where Do I Find The Update URL For Google Chrome Extensions?

I'm trying to setup group policy for Google Chrome (http://support.google.com/installer/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=146164) particularily I'm working on setting up the Configuring the list of ...
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Wireless Profile via Group Policy - Specific Trusted Root not Listed?

So I am trying to use Group Policy to configure the wireless settings on a bunch of laptops. We are using a third party cert that isn't showing up as an option in the list of Trusted Root ...
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Disable group policy from a workstation [closed]

How can I, as a Workstation Administrator, disable Group Policy on that workstation? The Domain Administrator is feeding utter garbage via Group Policy and I want it stopped. Last antic: turning on ...
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Deleting Temporary Internet Files through Group Policy

I have a domain controller running on Windows 2008 Server R2 and users login to application servers on which Windows 2003 Server SP2 is installed. I have applied a Group Policy to clean temporary ...