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 to time-bomb a GPO?

I am doing a lot of work in higher education where it is a rather common requirement to reconfigure a number of Windows domain members (e.g. PCs in a classroom) for the duration of a specific course ...
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Disabling the prompt to “Click Continue to permanently get access to this folder” (e.g. via GPO)

http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/950934 describes the manner in which, when a member of the Administrators group uses Explorer to navigate to a folder to which the Administrators group has ...
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Windows Servers Deny Remote Creditials

Here's the layout: -Four domain controllers(2003 & 2008) -Windows Servers (2003 & 2008) -The PDC is Windows 2008 and there are some GPOs -All servers ping, no firewalls, no major or much ...
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GPO option for “Show Desktop Icons”?

Is there a GPO setting (Server 2008 R2 domain) that we can use to set the following desktop property? View > Show Desktop Icons
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Looking for Ideas and reasons to move from a single log on script to Group Policy

So currently our senior VP in IT has a single log on script that is run via ADUC and does things like install 3rd party updates, maps networked drives, inventories computers, copies files to desktop, ...
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Group policy drive mapping extension not applying to Vista SP2 machine

I have one GPO (called Desktop_User) that applies to a Windows 7 and a Windows Vista machine. When I log on to this systems, the drive mapping works on the Windows 7 machine but the Windows Vista ...
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Auditing tool for Windows security policies [closed]

What tools do you use to audit Windows security policies. For example, I configured a Windows machine (A) with the policies (GPO security policies) that we want. (A) now is a baseline. How then could ...
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Apply a password group policy seperate from the Default Domain Policy?

Im trying to keep my Default Domain Policy clean and standard and I want to make a GPO for my password policies. I made it but it still gets the policies from the Default Domain Policy object. I ...
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Can't Remote Desktop on LAN, Firewall Rules in Place, Yet Packets Dropped

I've banged my head for a few hours on this. I'm beginning to move several computers to a new subnet, all Windows 7, all domain joined. On the original subnet (192.168.145.X) everything works as ...
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Show logon process on windows 8

I'm experimenting with server admin on windows 2008 since I started a new tech job and want to learn things. I'm using a windows 8.1 pro client computer. The question is, is there any way to show the ...
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RunOnce key can't be run at startup with restricted public account in Windows

Let me be brief. We have arround a 1000 public computers for users to use for the internet and office and so on. We image these using SCCM2012r2 Everything is fine but we have added a software package ...
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Machine based group policy to change display setting

How to change display using computer group policy?
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Win 2008_R2 print spooler issues and Client freezes

Environment: Windows 2008 R2 Print Server (Virtual) 178 Printers installed. All using TCP/IP Many different printer brands Most all employees print through this print server Problems: The spooler ...
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How to filter settings within a GPO that only applies to Windows XP?

We have several GPOs containing many settings that have accumluated over time. I have spot-checked some of them and stumbled over settings that only apply to Windows XP (we exclusively run Vista and ...
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Group Policy to force all web traffic to a specific page OR GPO to display unclosable popup to get users attention

We have a number of tasks users need to complete over the month (time sheets, reports, etc) and I am trying to think of the best way to force users to complete these tasks. Currently, we send ...
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Create shared folder on share automatically

I know there is a group policy where I can map a specific share. What if I want the group policy to create a folder on that share and map it during log on? I know there must be a way to do this in ...
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How can I set up group policy to give non-admin users the ability to use local admin account to update non-MS apps?

Currently the users do not have admin rights. I wanted to be able to let them update their own applications (non-microsoft) by using the local admin account at the elevated privilege prompt. What ...
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Reflect HKLM registry changes to HKCU

Ok so I have a Local Group Policy (under Computer Config, not User Config) to force install extensions in Chrome. This policy needs to run for every user of the computer. The value is going to change ...
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Prevent users from sharing network printers in Server 2008R2 Win 7 environment

I have a server 2008R2-level AD domain in which all the printers are networked. I have a highly mobile workforce of about 350 in the facility, and when they move from one work area to another, they ...
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Group POlicy and Default Printer by Computer

We have multiple sites with specific printers to be assigned to each location. All the printers reside on the same print server. We have group policies (Windows 2008) in place to deploy specific ...
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Group Policy - Drive Mapping Preferences - slow login even if only using Computer Config side

We are having some users with very slow login times, up to 20 minutes, but only for a handful of users. I've narrowed it down to a particular GPO that does nothing but Drive Mapping Preferences. I ...
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Folder redirection for multiple locations

I need to find a way to redirect a folder at one location to the file server at the same location and repeat this for all of the other sites. So all of the computers at SiteA will redirect to the ...
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If I apply local group policy for the first time why it is not taking effect untill I restart the machine?

I applied local group policy (Computer Configuration - Software Restriction Policy) but policy is not taking effect. I tried this on domain member (machine is in connection with Domain Controller) and ...
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Group Policy is blocking exe files

I teach programming in Visual Studio. We want to run it on a terminal server. The problem is that whenever we compile our programs, the Windows refuses to start the created exe file. (I didn't even ...
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Restricted Groups not working with UAC

I have a Restricted Group in a group policy in an organizational unit called org_unit_a. This organizational unit has all the computers. The restricted group is My_domain\Workstation Admins Has ...
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Running Batch file with elevated rights through GPO

I have a shortcut that specifically uses Google Chrome. We have XP and Windows 7 in our environment, and I want to only use one shortcut for both OS. The reason being is that our environment is quite ...
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Restict user to acces only the one same folder on 100+ servers

I just developed a powershell script that is compressing all my old event logs into some zip files. I am launching this script remotely on 100+ servers with the "invoke-command" function. Basically, ...
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Finding out if shares are made available offline in Windows 7 by default without corrupting the offline files cache?

We have some rather large shares that people connect to at work, and it would be best if these shares did not even attempt to synchronize into the local Windows 7 offline files folder. How does one ...
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How can I eliminate the “Several add-ons are ready for use” prompt in Internet Explorer?

The issue I describe here is the same as that in Group Policy Internet Explorer, Add-on list not working, but I provide more detail and troubleshooting steps, so I thought it was worth re-asking. I ...
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Win Server GPO Mapped Drive Missing “Connect As” functionality

We're having an issue trying to create a policy for mapping drives. We're unable to specify a "connect as" username and password.
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What is the advantage of moving Groups in Organization Units in AD environment beside organizing?

I know the advantage of using OUs (organizing and GPOs).with OUs you can organize your users and computers, assign group policy to them, and deligate control over a set of users and computers. But ...
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How to apply Default wallpaper to clients in Active Directory [closed]

I have one Dell poweredge 1850 server running on server 2012. I installed ADDS and Make one OU in it then i make users (approx 20) and then move all users to OU. But know when i tried to manage the ...
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GPO to Configure DHCP Options

Our environment has approximately 15 Domain Controllers that also provide DHCP functionality to their networks. We have discovered several to have incorrect DNS settings. Their are providing incorrect ...
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Is it possible to set Server Performance Settings globally?

Is it possible to set the Performance Settings for example Smooth edges of screen fonts globally or do I have to log in to every user and set it manually? I couldn't find any setting in the GPOs that ...
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Setting HomePath to EmployeeNumber as a variable

We are planning to use the EmployeeNumber user attribute in AD to create the path to each user's Home drive. Reason for this is that AD user names are currently based on last name, which changes often ...
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“Removable Storage Access” Group Policy and RSAT

I've seen that there is a capability with Group Policy to prevent users from writing to USB drives. ...
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Allow winzip file Software Restriction Policy

I have a path rule that denies extracting executable to temp folder in the software restriction policy. Now I need to allow certain applications that should run and extract their contents in the Temp ...
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How to find all GPOs in a domain that define password policies?

We have a bunch of GPOs that have grown organically over time. I assume that many of them are defining password policies. I am aware of the fact that it only can be set once in a domain (besides PSOs ...
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Difference in File System Security group policy between Windows 7 and 8 clients

I have an unexplained difference of behaviour between a Windows 7 client and a Windows 8 client. I have the following files: C:\testdir\allow_domainusers.txt C:\testdir\allow_everyone.txt ...
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GPO not applying to Clients

I am having issues applying the below GPOs to clients. Computer Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ System \ Remote assistance \ "Offer Remote Assistance" Computer Configuration \ ...
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Group Policies For Wallpaper Failing

We have some computers that are no longer getting our wallpaper pushed by group policy. In checking to see if they can access the UNC for the wallpaper (\domain.com\NETLOGON\LogonFiles\our-logo.jpg) ...
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How to programmatically logout idle users on Windows Server 2012 R2?

I've searched a lot but couldn't find a direct solution. Can anyone tell me how to logoff idle users from a remote desktop connection to a Windows Server 2012 server after a period of time? These are ...
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Allowing multiple executables into a “Run only specified applications” group policy at one time

At my workplace we whitelist executables using a "Run only specified Windows applications" group policy applied to the domain. At certain times we need to whitelist large number of executables at a ...
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Chrome Not Applying GPO Policies

I'm having a little trouble getting Chrome installions on our workstation to update it's policies to reflect I've sent in GPO. I added the admx and adml to %systemroot%\policyDefinitions as our ...
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Different group policies in one domain

I'm using powershell to display the password expiration of an account before I reset it at work. But the global GP from what I can see, is 180 days, and there are some employees who have 90 days set ...
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Windows 8.1/ Server 2012r2 Setting Default Browser vis GPO

I have an RDS 2012r2 server currently has Chrome and IE on it. I am having some issues with chrome and want to get a subset of users using IE instead. I have set two registry keys in GPO as below, ...
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Password policy GPO not working as intended [duplicate]

I have the following policy set up for my Server 2012 domain, and has been applied to my computer: The GPO is applied to all computers in the OU, and no other conflicting policies are defined. ...
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Problems applying reg keys via group policy

I'm having a major issue with some music software, I was hoping if I quickly explained what I have done, some GPO guru might be able to spot where I have went wrong? Server 2012 Client OS - XP SP3 ...
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Set Group Policy for RDP session users on selected Computers

I have domain users by group with respective privileges set via group policy. I.E (Department A has access to control panel and access to install software, Department B does not have both) My ...
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What does SBS 2011 do “under the hood” when you give a user admin access?

I have been using Windows Server for many years now and when I have someone who needs local admin access over their machine, I apply it through group policy in a similar way to this answer. One of my ...