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 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 ...
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Is using the AD home directory attribute to map the home drive really no longer a best practice?

I have read some articles that claim that using the Active Directory user home directory attribute to automatically map the home drive is a legacy method, deprecated, or not recommended. The second ...
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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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Want to be able to configure IE 11 group policy settings from Win 7 Client

I want to be able to configure IE 11 group policy settings from my Win 7 client. I have IE 11 installed on this client. The client has been joined to a mixed Windows Server 2003/2008R2 domain. When I ...
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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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Apply group policy to specific users (in an OU) on specific computers (not in an OU)

This has been bugging me for a while. Here's the setup: We have ~20 Win2k8r2 servers. They are separated into various OUs that I can't change. I have created a security group "DevHostsSG" that ...
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Is there a way to control what browser plugins are installed across an enterprise? [closed]

Is there a way to control what browser plugins are installed across an enterprise, perhaps by group policy?
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Remove Server Manager and Powershell icons from the Taskbar

Up until recently we have had two Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers and five Windows Server 2003 Terminal Servers. I'm in the process of upgrading the network and have recently replaced the DC's ...
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Software install GPO on server 2012 (not R2) is not being deployed to windows 8 and 8.1 clients but is being deployed to windows 7 clients

I am trying to deploy some management MSI files via GPO running on Server 2012 (not R2) and the GPOs aren't being deployed to the Windows 8 and 8.1 clients. However the GPO is is working fine to the ...
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Deploy Software via GPO, but also deploy configuration file

When deploying software through a group policy, is there any special trick that will allow you to also deploy a separate, say config, file along with it? Here's the specific problem: We have a ...
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In which order will GPOs be applied when a USER try to login to a PC in a different OU

If we have this Group Policy Management configuration (Windows Server 2008): domain.local OU1 PC1 USR1 GPO1 (Linked) OU2 PC2 USR2 GPO2 (Linked) ...
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Disabling the Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver using Group Policy

I need to campus-wide disable the Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver using Group Policy / SCCM / or any other means of centralized management, because I've written my own LLDP broadcast service I plan on ...
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How to change windows time server on windows server 2012?

In windows computer, system is using "time.windows.com" to sync the time. I need o modify the time server for windows user on its logon and want to enforce using group policy. Case: we have windows ...
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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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How can I remove the minimum password length for a specified user in an OU?

How can I remove the minimum password length for a specified user in an OU? (I do not want the default domain password policy affecting my GPO.) When the "minimum password length" in my default ...
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Default mail registry

I'm deploying Win 8.1 via. SCCM with Office 2013 pre installed. I got an issue where even though Outlook 2013 is the default mail. the specific value mail:to (opening a direct mail link) .. attempts ...
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Suggestions on a few Chrome Deployment issues

Greetings to everyone here. I'm a network admin in charge of deploying Chrome to my network and setting it as the default browser, though IE will of course still be available for users. I've ...
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editing local group policy for all domain computers

I'm stumped on a strange group policy issue. I know that Domain GPO should take authority over local group policy settings, but lately i've been having an issue and I can't think of anything else it ...
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GPO to map drives conditionally

We have a file server that is sharing out user drives from //server/user$. We also have webDav enabled so it can be access externally by https://fileserver.company.com/user. My challenge is to map ...
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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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GPO or logon scripts to remove access to public “libraries” folders

I have two Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controllers and will be implementing 7 Windows 2008 R2 remote desktop servers once their setup and testing is complete (I have one built now that is my test server). ...
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Bitlocker Group Policy for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

it seems when I try to encrypt my hard drive on Windows 8.1, I get this error: When I check the Group Policy settings on the server, that's what we have, although, it says it's only compatible with ...
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Group policy issue: when I'd like to write a compact disk

I couldn't write compact disk in any machines in our local domain even if I set the deny write cd feature to Not Configured or disable. Every PCs have windows 7 and our server is windows server ...
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Group Policy to set desktop background to say machine name

Is there a way to easily set in group policy for each of the machines in our domain to say the machine name on the desktop background? Our users log into multiple machines in a day and tend to get ...
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BitLocker Group Policy Requirements

I am looking for help with creating a BitLocker policy through Group Policy. I have failed doing this myself and need help from those more experienced than I am. Server: Windows Server 2012 Clients: ...
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GPO install Live Meeting 2007 on Windows 8.1

Errors: The removal of the assignment of application Microsoft Office Live Meeting 2007 from policy LiveMeeting 2007 failed. The error was : %%2 The description for Event ID 103 from source ...
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How to allow permission via GPO to remove bluetooth devices in Windows 7

We have 'Standard' users who test Bluetooth devices. This involves pairing them to a Windows 7 machine. Unfortunately, each device adds a unique entry to the "Devices and Printers" which 'Standard' ...
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Need clearer instructions on using .admx group policy templates

I have a Windows Server 2008 domain controller running group policy for our domain. Recently we started adding some Windows Server 2012 servers to the domain and some of the group policy settings do ...
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Cross-Domain / Cross-Forest Group Policies

Our company has a domain forest with two domains (domain.EMEA and domain.GLOBAL) We previously acquired a company (domain.LOCAL) and all the workstations at this site are members of domain.LOCAL, but ...
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Will Microsoft Disable Group Policy on an Unsupported OS?

While researching Group Policy settings for Windows Update on this TechNet library page, I ran across this worrisome statement describing what OSes the settings are supported on: Supported on: ...
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Addressing built-in groups and local policies in Windows independently of localized names

Recently I saw an application failing to do certain check/manipulation with built-in groups/local policies on localized version of Windows Server 2012 R2 (French, German). In localized versions of ...
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How Can I Enable MSS Group Policy Settings Windows Server 2012

In the past I have gone through a server hardening checklist on a Windows Server 2008 web server for PCI compliance. Basically there are a lot of Group Policy, Registry, and other settings that need ...
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Domain Policy - Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials role

I have a Win 8.1 Workstation joinde in a Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain (Essentials role). When trying to save Remote Desktop credentials I got this message. Your system administrator does not ...
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Disable secure logon for tablets connected to domain

I have a domain set up with Windows 2008 R2, and by default requires Ctrl + alt + del to unlock computers. I have been pulling my hair out trying to configure GPO so that tablets will not require Ctrl ...
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Can't open Active Directory Users and Computers, Group Policy settings issues

In the past I've been able to open "Active Directory Users and Computers" to manage the users and computers on our Windows Server 2008 R2 box. We just recently made some changes to our Group Policy to ...
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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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Remote Computer Management from Active Directory Snap-In fails with DCOM error 10006

So here's a little background. Our system originally started with Windows Server 2003 machines and eventually over time expanded and grew. We still have a few Server 2003's but they're being removed. ...
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GPO edit mess , system error

I messed around with a GPO editing tool in order to implement "hide computer drives" policy on windows 2003 server. Since then I got a system error on my events log to say : Windows cannot access the ...
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Group Policy to Place Shortcut on All Users Desktops

We're looking at using a GPO to put a shortcut to a company web app on all users' desktops. Different users are on different Windows versions, meaning the location varies: c:\documents and ...