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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Drive Mapping Through Group Preferences

My department is currently transitioning our servers to Server 2008R2 and we are looking into using Group Preferences to map network drives. Our users currently have a personal network drive and at ...
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SNMP Community String Permissions

I am looking at deploying SNMP Settings for windows servers via Group Policy and have an administrative template prepared. However I am noting strange behaviour when applying the policy. Two ...
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Is it possible to automatically invoke group policies when manually connecting to a VPN in Windows?

Our company has several laptop users (including myself) who log on to our VPN remotely, after logging in to a local domain profile on the laptop. The problem with this, however, is that group ...
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Are there any proper FREE virusscanners that can be deployed and managed from Windows Server 2008? [closed]

The question pretty much says it all. I have been looking for free solutions and have not found any so far, which leads me to think that there simply aren't any. Requirements: Deployable from a ...
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Batch add/import of a list of users to a group in Active Directory?

We have two lists of users (about 1000 each) that we need to add to groups in Active Directory (Windows Server 2003...one list will be in one group, one in the other). All the users currently exist in ...
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Group Policy: Trusted Location in User's My Documents?

I am trying to use group policy to add a subdirectory of the user's home directory as a trusted location for Microsoft Access 2007 (User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Microsoft Office Access ...
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Change/Force CMD properties like Window size & Screen Buffer size via GPO, or other ways

Is it possible to control CMD properties like Window size & Screen Buffer size via GPO? (or a VBS script that can be pushed using GPO :) I have Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008. Many thanks for ...
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Change/Force Left-handed Mouse settings via GPO, or other ways

Is it possible to control Left-handed Mouse settings via GPO? (or a script that can be pushed using GPO :) I have Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008. Many thanks for your advice. Toast
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Change/Force Mouse Pointer Schemes via GPO, or other ways

Is it possible to control Mouse Pointer Schemes via GPO without tampering with the registry? I have Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008, I need to be able to control the Mouse Pointer Schemes for certain ...
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How to migrate Windows print queues

I have a Windows 2003 print server that I need to retire, but I need to migrate the print queues off of it first onto another Win2k3 server. I have found some information on migrating, but it all ...
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Users on windows 2008 R2 server cannot change own password

I have a Win2k8R2 server configured as PDC and Terminal Services (yes, i know.). My manager would like users to be able to reset their own passwords by using the Start Menu -> Windows Security -> ...
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GPO to remove “Highlight new programs”?

I need to disable the "highlight new programs" feature in Windows start menu via a GPO but can't find such a setting. Does such a thing even exist or is it achievable only through registry ...
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Two identical Vista machines, only one processes Group Policy Registry Extension

I have two Panasonic Toughbook CF-30 machines setup from the same installer CD. Both machines were joined to the domain and moved into the same OU. Both machines have no errors in the event logs on ...
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Roaming profiles Win2K8 and deployed printers

I am having an issue with deployed printers using group policy and the 2008 print server. The print server is actually 2 servers setup in a failover cluster (server 2k8 x64) running a print server as ...
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How do i remove a password expiration policy?

We had a password expiration policy recently removed from our AD but some users continued to get the "..your password will expire in x days. would you like to change it now?" message. So we added a ...
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Managing Redundant/Conflicting Group Policies

Is there any tool that would help us get a handle on all our group policies to discover and remove the conflicting and redundant group policies that are giving us a headache? We change one group ...
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Using GPO in Active Directory domain to force workstations Windows Firewall to disabled - how?

I want to force the in-house machines here to have their firewall disabled so I can manipulate them with scripts. Trying to do it with GPO, but it doesn't result in a disabled and greyed out firewall ...
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Group policy applied to AD OU attributes

I'm not well-versed in AD, so would like to resolve a question I have with regards to AD information. I understand that it is possible to apply group policy to OU's, thereby restricting access. What ...
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Force Desktop Wallpaper in a computer lab

I have a computer lab that contains 20 iMacs running Snow Leopard and Windows XP with Boot Camp. Windows XP is joined to a Server 2003 domain. I would like to use Group Policy, or some other ...
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Make 'Log On To' Active Directory setting permanent

In Active Directory (Windows EBS Server 2008 testing envionment), I have set a user the ability to log onto all computers. (Eg: Properties of User -> Account tab -> Log On To button -> Select All ...
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How can I distribute end users certificates in an Enterprise

We us our own mechanism to create a signed certificate for each and every end user of an Enterprise. However, we'd like to use the Enterprise mechanisms (like AD) to distribute each user its ...
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Is it possible to install DirectX by Group Policy?

I use a Windows Server 2003 network with windows XP clients. In the past I have rolled out new software to the client machines using group policy. AutoDesk TrueView 2007 rolls out fine to my clients ...
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DNS name resolution not being passed to NetBIOS

I have an XP workstation on a remote subnet that is not able to download the group policies. The Event Log entries are pretty clear. Upon troubleshooting it is clear that the workstation isn't able to ...
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Active Directory Group Policy: Script Errors

Anyone having issues with AD group policy script errors when enabling VMware Fusion's "Sharing" feature? I've run into this problem in version 2.0 and 3.0. I have a logon script applied on an AD OU. ...
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How do you add a site to the Internet Explorer Trusted Zone through GPO in server 2003?

How do you add a site to the Internet Explorer Trusted Zones through GPO in server 2003? If you do push a site through a GPO does it erase other Trusted Sites that may have been entered on the end ...
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How to deploy LogMeIn Free via GPO to entire domain?

I am looking to deploy LogMeIn to several clients. I am using LogMeIn Central with LogMeIn free. Central allows me to create an install URL to send to a client, but I want to create a GPO to ...
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Group Policy dealing with IE zone assignment not sticking!

I have a group policy (which ONLY deals with the zone assignment) -that is continually switching on and off with reboots. I thought it was a conflicting group policy but when I run group policy ...
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No “Terminal Services” branch in “Group Policy Object Editor”

We have several identical several servers in a hosting company. They run Windows 2003 R2 Std SP2 64bit. The servers are not in a domain. We have recently received a new server with the same ...
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GPO managed firewall exception not applying to Windows 7

I have a group policy managed exception for Windows Firewall File and Printer sharing enabled for our subnet, as shown here: This works fine for all of our Windows XP machines. However, when the ...
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Disable JavaScript in Acrobat Reader

Does anyone know where Acrobat Reader stores the setting to disable JavaScript? I'd like to centrally apply an update (through a policy, or a startup script, or a login script) on every machine on ...
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Logon scripts from linux to linux

I have some linux desktop boxes and I would like to launch different logon scripts depending on which user logs to each computer. I would like to manage it from a centralized place, like windows gpo ...
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Windows 2008 Group Policy Setting? - Migration Headache

I have a small domain of users that I just migrated from a linux domain running open-ldap. Our new servers are running Windows 2008 Standard. I've installed Active Directory and everything is ...
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Centrally Deploying a wireless SSID

So I want deploy a WPA2-Personal SSID that our managed clients will already have the network settings setup for(windows vista and windows 7 x64). I also want to deploy the network configuration via ...
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Group Policy to prevent accessing other sites

We have a website, a library management system - http://mylibrary. Now, for a certain set of users alone accessing via Citrix, I need to provide access to this URL. However, they should not be able ...
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IE8 Compatibility View group policy list not working

We recently rolled out IE8 to our organisation (2,500 people). Given we had several legacy internal web apps that did not support IE8 (but worked fine in Compatibility Mode), we decided to put our ...
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Active Directory - Define logon hours from Group Policy (Windows 2003 R2)

I have a bunch of computers in an OU in my Active Directory. These computers are located on a theoretically less secure site (they are in a warehouse) I want to stop these computers being logged in to ...
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Active Directory - Lightweight Directory Services and Domain Password Policy

Greetings all, We have an active directory domain which enforces a strict password policy. Hooray! Now, for the project we are working on, we are going to be storing users of our website ...
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Auto Log-Off Windows users - Windows 2003 domain

I am trying to make windows clients automatically log off after some time, I have been trying to use the winexit.scr which I have seen working else where in a similar environment. After working ...
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How can I set password restrictions in my domain?

Most of the users on my Active Directory use the same password. How can I restrict them of this? Can I use a GPO?
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GPO config problems

I'm administrating an ou. And I have applied a rule for screen saver lockout. Some OU's under my OU have applied the settings and some haven't..., What can be the cause of this? Is there a way to ...
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Blocking downloads (But allow Windows Update) using Group Policy?

We have a Draytek VigorPro 5510 that is configured to block downloads on the 10.0.65.xxx range (this is the range all of our user workstations are on) but allow them on 10.0.10.xxx range (this is the ...
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Clients of replica WSUS aren't targetted to groups and appear in 'Unassigned Computers'

I have two WSUS v3 servers, our company has a single domain AD that spans two sites, and each site has one WSUS server. The stub site's WSUS server is configured as a replica. Settings, groups, ...
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GPO Installs - Differentiating between 64 and 32 bit systems

What is the easiest way to use group policies to install the 64 bit version of a package on 64bit systems and the 32bit package on 32 bit systems. I have done some searching and I am not seeing ...
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Allowing users to install fonts in Windows 7 (through GPO)

This is somewhat related to my previous question, http://serverfault.com/questions/48155/why-do-installed-fonts-disappear-after-reboot. Having got the font install issue sorted out under XP just ...
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Grant “Manage Printers” permission for all printers on XP clients via GPO?

Is it possible to grant "Manage Printers" permissions to all printer objects on client machines via group policy? By default, it looks like this permission is granted to Power Users and ...
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Group Policy for IE Security Zones

We are currently using the following Group Policy to control the Internet Explorer security zones: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Control ...
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Kiosk Computer GPO

We have several kiosk PCs that are used in common areas. I have GPOs in place to lock these machines down (one GPO has all the Computer settings and another has all the User settings). These GPOs are ...
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PolicyMaker for Windows Server 2003

I still have a Windows Server 2003 domain. We'll be moving this to Server 2008 R2 in February. I know in 2006, Microsoft bought DesktopStandard and moved their PolicyMaker product into what's now ...
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Default Search provider in Internet Explorer 8 Via GP?

Does anyone know how to change the default search provider in IE8 Via Group Policy? IE7 seemed to work okay but once I rolled out the IE8 browser update via WSUS, it defaults back to Bing search on ...
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Can't see all GPO listing for Windows Update

Yesterday, I was working on a Dell computer, installed the GPMC and then, I was able to see all listing for Windows Update GPO. I'm trying to install WSUS... This morning, I use my normal laptop and ...