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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Domain policy expiration doesn't match net user command

In Active Directory, we have recently changed our password policy. We had our users set to where their passwords would not expire previously. Now, we have set max password age in our domain policy ...
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IE11 & 2012R2 History GPO

probably a really simple one but I've not been able to find it. I am running a 2012R2/Win 8.1 environment and want to stop IE from storing any browsing history on a machine level. I've already set ...
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Turn system icons off with GPO or Registry

I need to turn off "Input Indicator" on the taskbar with a GPO or a Registry setting (which will turn into a GPO). It took me quite a while to figure out how to do it in Control Panel, now I have to ...
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How to allow Chrome to run a plugin when viewing a local file while GPO restrictions are in place.

The setup Windows server 2003 domain at a functional 2000 level Multiple server 2003 servers running terminal services All users running desktops delivered via RDP Google Chrome browser installed on ...
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Task scheduler VS GPO do not allow storage of password

I have a scheduled task in one of my DC, running to check LastLogon date of AD accounts in each DCs everyday. The task was previously running in a Win 2003 DC without problem but now we are going to ...
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Windows SRV2012 : gpEvent_NO_NETWORK

For an unknow reason, a computer on my Active Directory domain display an error when I try to execute the gpudate ( and gpupdate /force ) command as Administrator. The domain controler and the ...
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In Group Policy how do I remove Shortcuts from My Network Places

I have found that in Group Policy I can add a shortcut to My Network Places under User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Shortcuts and create a shortcut as File System ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Update Notification on login spash screen

we are have two load balanced svr 2012 R2 machines, front end netscaler, using citrix reciever to login. The issue i have is i cannot seem to disable the notifications when users are logging in that ...
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Removable Storage User Configuration Group Policy not working when Windows Server 2008 R2 is used as a client

I have enabled read write restriction for a group of users, if a user from this group is to log onto a win 8.1 system or Windows 7 system and tries accessing a USB drive it says access is denied, ...
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Unsolicited Remote Assistance on domain

I manage a domain using win 2k8 r2 and 100 PC on Windows7. I have configured the Unsolicited Remote Assistance proceeding with all the requirements posted here ...
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Remove mapping drives from RDP to user from exteral network

I would like to know if you guys have a solution to my problem. I have a terminal server 2012 that can be accessed remotely after a VPN connection and from the LAN. My question is how can I create a ...
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Name Resolution failure on the current domain controller

I'm using windows server 2008 R2. One day my server got issue with Group Policy. Here is the log in event log: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not resolve the computer name. ...
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Local group policy taking precedence over Default domain controller policy

Modified Default domain controller policy to disable and rename the Guest account name using below settings Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> ...
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Win7 Desktops secpol and local security policy not showing auditing

I have a Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Desktops where I have a Server 2008 GPO to Audit Events on the server and desktops, however at the desktops locally auditing is greyed out and displaying ‘no ...
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Group policies overriding

I am a learner in AD and GPO's. Though I have implemented some GPO's in my environment, now a little bit confused.. My confusion is with the overriding of GPO. Basically what I am trying is that I ...
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Windows 7 Group Policy Printer not Loading

I'm trying to create a group policy that applies printers to a specific user security group, but facing difficulties. When loading a GPO with 4 printers in it, all but two PCs load all 4 printers. ...
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Firewall is Enabled after Server is Moved to New OU

I am experiencing an issue with Windows Firewall via Group Policy on Windows SBS 2008. When moving any machine, physical or virtual, from our primary SBSComputers OU to our SBSServers OU (no ...
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SQL Reporting Denying Access to User After Move to New Group

We have a SQL Server 2008 server setup with reporting services so that users can log in and run certain reports. I have a user that was granted browse permissions to this as we had their initial ...
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Change dnserror.htm page when cannot locate website in Internet Explorer via Group Policy

When you type in a URL in Internet Explorer and it cannot be located via DNS it loads dnserror.htm from a .DLL in C:\Windows\System32\en-US\ieframe.dll.mui. I have read that you can use a program ...
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Allow Non-Administrators to Install Specific Devices - Classes

I'm automating driver installation with the use of a central driver store. An important part of this approach is to add the Class GUID's of the devices/drivers to the GPO (Allow Non-Administrators to ...
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WMI filter working for some Windows 7 machines but not for others

I'm trying to use this WMI filter for our Windows 7 64bit machines: select * from Win32_OperatingSystem where (Caption like "Microsoft Windows 7%") or (Version like "6.1%" and ProductType = "1" and ...
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Remote desktop instant logoff on disconnect?

I'm having a weird quirk on a Windows 8.1 VM that I'm using as a public-facing Remote Desktop slave, in that upon a client disconnect, the sessions is immediately logged off. This occurs ...
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domain admin account unable to modify IE settings, other DOMadmin group accounts can

When I log into one of the servers on our domain as DOMAIN\administrator, IE settings are locked, and indicate that I'll have to check with the system administrator. If I log into the same server ...
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How do I deploy VC++ 2012 Redistributable via Group Policy

I'm trying to rollout some software via group policy and I have hit a roadblock with the VC++ redist for 2012. The only available download is an exe which I cannot extract an msi from. I tried ...
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Using Powershell (RSAT ) to get GPO from against another domain

I can't find any clear info online for what I'm trying to do, hope you can give me an answer :) I'm using a Windows 7 client (pctest) joint in a domain (domain1.intranet). I've installed the RSAT to ...
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Group Policy with Win7

All, I wasn't sure how to search for this. It seems that many of our Windows 7 Machines are processing group policy in unpredictable ways. Here's an test example: I created a brand new policy. I ...
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Is it possible to check using nagios, if a group X is denied access a particular file/folder in Windows

This is basically a GPO key that has been applied and need to check if the key is in place/working which involves restricting a group of users from accessing a particular file or folder using a ...
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GPO: Is there a way to apply NTFS permissions dynamically?

I would like to create a GPO that sets NTFS permissions on a set of folders and files. Computer Configuration => Policies => Windows Settings => Security Settings => File System and ...
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Advanced Windows Firewall - Strange logging behavior

I have created a GPO that set's several firewall rules to Windows Server 2008 R2 machines within a specific OU. The default behavior is set to block on inbound and outbound on all profiles. Also I did ...
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SBS 2011 Group policy won't update/apply properly

i'm running SBS 2011 on a dell poweredge t110 II, and recently i've found that i am unable to apply/update group policies. I get the following error: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows ...
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Access to RSOP via WMI

I need to retrieve data from RSOP using the following script written in VBS: Const FL_FORCE_CREATE_NAMESPACE = 5 strComputer = "." Set objWMIService = ...
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GPO Run these programs at user logon not taking effect

When on our W2k8-R2 DC I create a new GPO and configure "Computer Configuration/Policies/Windows Settings/Administrative Templates/System/Logon/run these programs at user logon" to ...
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Why gpupdate fails?

So I have a Windows Active Directory Domain with two domain controllers, DC1 and DC2, both running Windows Server 2008 R2. DC1 is the primary DC holding all FSMO roles. It was functioning all right as ...
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Differentiating between “Not Defined” and some other value in registry key for group policy objects

So here is what I am trying to do: I have set a certain group policy setting to 'Enabled' and it gets reflected in corresponding registry key Now, I go and edit in the group policy editor and set it ...
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“Log on as a service” for a group doesn't work

I have a server that has a few services that run under different domain user accounts. If I create a group, add the user accounts to that group, and then add that group to the "Log on as a service" ...
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Change companyweb to intranet.companyname.com

We're having issues with a sister company that has an SBS 2011 Standard server on site on a separate domain to ours - they have problems editing documents via SharePoint, whereas my manager can get in ...
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Having issues removing a specific Registry key using GPO Preferences

Hello I attempting to remove the following registry key using GPO Preferences: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5} The key just ...
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Least obtrusive method of resetting default gpo objects

In my early days of fiddling with our AD domain I modified the default gpo objects. Now I want to reset them back to default and ensure they are not used this time around. I found the dcgpofix ...
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Access to network share folder works in VDI, but not on desktops

I have two separate environments running in our lab computing spaces. We are phasing over to VDI. There are some weird differences going on in each environment, and I believe that the problem is ...
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My Documents folder not being redirected via Folder Redirection Group Policy

I have Folder Redirection applied for My Documents to users that log on to Windows 8 machines. The GPO is set and applied using a Windows Server 2003 machine. The My Music, My Pictures and My Videos ...
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Apply two proxy servers to different windows PCs on the same network

We use microsoft CRM 2011 as our CRM software, Microsoft CRM does not support a proxy.pac file you need to use a static proxy server address for it to work with outlook. So I need to deploy two ...
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Windows 8 Lock Screen Background Disappears

I have a group policy that sets the lock screen background on Windows 8 and prevents users from changing it. It worked well for a while but recently it stopped functioning, and now the "Seattle" ...
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How can I use a group policy or similar to force specific folders on a share to have a different colour or icon?

Please note I don't want to do this from the client side, it must be achieved only from the server side using a GP or something similar. I would like the specified folders to either be a different ...
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Mapping printers with SBS 2003 R1

We have an SBS 2003 R1 domain controller, and a mixture of Windows 7 and XP (domain-joined) workstations. There are 20 users, 20 PCs, and 5 printers. Printer drivers for all 5 printers are already ...