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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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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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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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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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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What can be done to properly re-enable the Windows Firewall on a domain?

BACKGROUND/RESEARCH I honestly believe that questions like this one: Using GPO in Active Directory domain to force workstations Windows Firewall to disabled - how? existed because Windows Admins in ...
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How do you manage Java in your Windows/Active Directory environment?

Like I suppose a lot of people, we have a Windows/Active Directory environment and a lot of internal line of business apps that require Java. Our experience is that Java does not play nice in such a ...
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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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Group Policy Result summary says DC is member of “BUILTIN\Administrators”

Whenever I run the Group Policy Result wizard and select a Domain Controller as the target computer, the summary shows BUILTIN\Administrators in the list of "Security Group Membership when Group ...
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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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How can I make WSUS less invasive for our users?

We have WSUS pushing updates out to our user's workstations, and things are going relatively well with one annoying caveat: there seems to be an issue with a pop-up being displayed in front of some ...
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What is the industry standard method for administering the change of the local administrator password for all machines on a domain?

Although there appears to be three available options, one of which is actually secure, there seems to be only two available choices that will be able to impact machines that are not powered on at the ...
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How can I manipulate Windows 7 Libraries via Group Policy?

I'm trying to add and remove Library locations from Windows 7's "Library" locations in for each of my users. While its easy to do this from the desktop, and its easy to disable libraries appearing ...
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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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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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Warn user if they try to logoff

I want a certain local user to not log off. ever. It's much like this silly question, however I don't necessarily care if the buttons are there, I want to pop up a messagebox that says "Please do not ...
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Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?

For reasons beyond my control, I've been tasked with setting up GPO/GPPs to deploy our 100+ printers to our 1000+ clients. The good news is that we have over a dozen sites, and for the most part, I'm ...
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ActiveSync devices causing accounts to lockout

When a user changes his account password for whatever reason (read: expired), and the old password is stored in his mobile device connected through EAS. This will cause his account almost immediately ...
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Can I deny “Internet Explorer” via GPO and use Google Chrome as a default and the only Browser?

Can I deny "Internet Explorer" via GPO and use Google Chrome as a default and the only Browser? I wonder as Internet Explorer is a part of an Windows operating system, if it's possible to deny it. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Applying a GPO to one user on one computer only

I have a GPO that I need to apply to the user DOMAIN\DumbGuy, but only when he logs on to DOMAIN\DumbGuysComputer$. When DOMAIN\NiceReceptionist logs on to DOMAIN\DumbGuysComputer$ it should not ...
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Group Policy: Administrator Rights for Specific Users on Specific Computers

I'm a programmer stuck trying to administer an Active Directory setup for a small company. The Domain Controller is running Windows Small Business Server 2008. We have a staff of field workers using ...
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Speeding up Group Policy, and how will implementing Group Policy Preferences impact logon time?

I'm looking for some advice on speeding up and upgrading our logon system to make it more robust and faster. I inherited an older logon system, which was migrated over from Novell Netware originally. ...
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Local Admin user via GPO

I have a Windows 2008R2 DC (Just setup), we already had around 25 Windows 7 professional / ultimate clients, which we are now going to join to our new domain / dc. Users were already using the ...
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How can I stop .exe's being ran from removeable media, such as USB drives?

I have an issue with users running .exe's from removable storage such as Memory Sticks and SD cards. I am trying to set up blocking of exe's being ran from all removable storage to combat this, ...
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Two ways of deploying printers via group policy

I've noticed two options for deploying printers via group policy: Create and link Group Policy in GP Management, add printer(s) via User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > ...
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Is there a group policy that would push a new user name and password to all local machines on a network?

I work on a small network that runs on windows server 2003, and with machines running xp. Is there a group policy that could push a new user name and password to replace our old local administrator ...
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Upgrade software package installed with GPO

Since recently I have been using AD policies to deploy software packages through GPO on a small domain. This had been working well, but I am not sure what is the correct procedure for upgrading a ...
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Deploy .net 4 via Active Directory group policy or WSUS

Is there a way to automatically deploy .net 4 using Active Directory group policy or WSUS? I want to push it out to lots of machines without having to go around to each one. Background: I have a ...
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What's the sense in having RemoteDesktopUsers without “log on through Remote Desktop Services” privilege? [closed]

Recently Microsoft changed the default policies in Windows Azure Guest OSs (Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012). One of the changes is that now only members of Administrators group have ...
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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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Users can stop a GPO being applied

We have found some of our users when they log on they see the little black box where the GPO is being applied, they quickly close it, which stops the GPO from being applied. Is there a way to stop ...
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How do I disable remote printers using group policy

When I configure a new remote desktop connection to connect to servers I often forget to uncheck the option inside of local devices and resources for remote printers. This creates exceptions in the ...
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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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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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Is there a way to audit AD for a particular password?

Is there a way I can audit AD to check for a particular password? We used to use a "standard" password for all new users (e.g. MyPa55word). I want to make sure this is no longer in use anywhere on ...
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Is there a performance impact of direct AD universal groups assignment?

I'm implementing a tool which secures certain shared resources within AD forest (mostly file shares). By some criteria a list of users from different domains is generated, those users are added to a ...
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GPO software deployment without WMI?

I put together a GPO to deploy a MSI file to a security group comprised of computer objects. After rebooting a test workstation so that it picks up its group membership and running gpupdate, I then ...
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Is there a way of consolidating multiple GPOs into one GPO

I have about 100 GPOs that I would like to merge down to 15-20. Is there a way of merging them together. I found this article: ...
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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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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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GPO best practices : Security-Group Filtering Versus OU

Good afternoon everyone, I'm quite new to Active Directory stuff. After upgraded Functional level of our AD from 2003 to 2008 R2 (I need it to put fine-grained password policy), I then start to ...
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Revert GPO Settings to Undefined

Revert All GPO settings to Undefined (Not reverse what they are now) I inadvertently applied GPOs to an entire OU which was not ready to be deployed yet. I have unlinked the GPOs but of course they ...
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Windows 2003 GPO Software Restrictions

We're running a Terminal Server farm in a Windows 2003 Domain, and I found a problem with the Software Restrictions GPO settings that are being applied to our TS servers. Here are the details of our ...
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Internet Explorer 9 & 10 Group Policy Preferences missing

I have a single Domain Controller network (Windows Server 2008 R2, running on the 2003 Forest/domain level), with the clients currently migrating from WinXP Pro to Win7 Pro. I Need to control the ...
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Network Logon Issues with Group Policy and Network

I am gravely in need of your help and assistance. We have a problem with our logon and startup to our Windows 7 Enterprise system. We have more than 3000 Windows Desktops situated in roughly 20+ ...
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Vista Power Management GPO

I've created a loopback GPO that has several settings (both computer and user) including a Custom User Interface (Access 2007 Application) and Power Management (has the computer sleep after being idle ...