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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IE11: How to check into which zone a URL falls?

I have applied several internet explorer settings via group policy. Especially a long list of URLs in the "site to zone assignment" setting. However it seems that one URL still falls into the ...
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Changing password expiration policy at next password change

We have a password policy with a maximum password age of 180 days. For various reasons we need to change it to 90 days, with a minimum impact for the users. Our users are normally warned about the ...
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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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Group Policy doesn't restart service as configured

I have configured group policy to tell a particular service (Winrm) to restart when the policy is applied. When the policy applies, I see that it tries to stop and start the service. Stopping works, ...
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Windows 7 GPO Preventing admins from interactively logging in, but still allowing Run As / permission escalation

I'm implementing security restrictions for a client who would like to prevent admin accounts from logging into workstations. For example each person has a user account and an admin account and only ...
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Which Group Policy wins out of two enforced policies with similar settings?

I have a situation where I need to modify an enforced group policy object, however due to the sensitive nature I must test my results first to one test user. In order to do this I plan to create new ...
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Determining if group policy needs to run synchronously

I have been working on speeding up network logins. As part of this process I'm disabling the 'always wait for network' option. This isn't inherently a problem, but I would really like to be able to ...
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Let users install software without local administrator rights on domain

I manage the network of a small company. As I'm not always in the office it is a wish from the employees to be able to install software without having to go to me. My predecessor set it up that ...
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Proxy Server setting stuck on Server 2003 R2 for Windows Updates

Stay a while and listen. This is going to be a long one. We've been having a problem the last couple of months with Updates on very specific Microsoft Server 2003 R2 Machines. This problem has ...
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WSUS: How to combine targeting groups from multiple GPOs

I am trying to use group policy with WSUS to prevent stuff like Silverlight from being installed unless it is requried. I want computer groups for each of the software (so a computer will end up in ...
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Configuring Service Login Credentials with Group Policy following MS14-025

With Microsoft security bulletin MS14-025, GPMC and related tools are now patched to no longer allow the use of configuration items within Group Policy Prefs that would embed obfuscated passwords. The ...
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Enable offline file sync for computer owner only

At the school I am interning at, all students and faculty have a mapped home folder known as the "M:" drive for storing files that they can access from all computers. For faculty who have laptops, we ...
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Applying group policy loopback to any user on specific computers

In a server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 environment, I have a GPO that specifies screen saver settings in the user settings policy for the entire domain. However, for specific computers, this is not ideal. ...
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How do I correctly install windows 8 group policy on a 2008 server?

I'm currently working on a customer server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2. They are in the process of upgrading their machines to Windows 8. The problem they have is they don't want all the ...
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Installing Lync 2013 Standard silently

I am trying to find a good way to deploy Lync 2013 standard & basic clients silently on computers with Windows 7 / Office 2010 & ahve a few roadblocks. 1) I am successful installing the ...
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Roaming Profile Accounts logoff instantly

I am working on setting up roaming profile accounts. When I log in as one of my users, they disconnect instantly. How do I find errors on what is going on? I've check the SMB Share permissions and ...
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Active Directory Force Update Fails

I tried looking up this error and problem and found nothing. Could this be a firewall issue?
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Consistently slow domain logins / folder redirection

I've been trying to diagnose slow logins to my domain. One of my first stops was Domain login very slow 10+ minutes. So far I've been able to tell it has to do with my policy that applies folder ...
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Deploying Ossec HIDS Windows Agent via GPO

I am trying to deploy OSSEC agent to about 100 Windows 7 boxes through GPO on our AD. I understand that I need to create and MSI from the EXE and import the specific client.keys file for the windows ...
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Error Code 0x800700a1 when trying to add registry key through GPO

I'm trying to add a new group policy to our domain so that images are automatically sent with emails in Outlook 2013. So I created the following GPO: This policy doesn't have any effect though. ...
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GPO Rule of thumb for: Disabled vs Enabled vs Not Configured

Is there any documentation that explains difference between these: Policy Not Configured Policy Disabled Policy Enabled, Setting Enabled Policy Enabled, Setting Disabled Policy Enabled, Setting ...
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Group Policy installation failed error %%1274

OK, I have a really tough one I've already spent all morning on. PC is a Win7 64 with SP1 and all MS Patches Usual error everyone is familiar with: The assignment of application Adobe Reader X MUI ...
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The sysvol permissions for one or more GPOs on this domain controller are not in sync with the permissions for the GPOs on the baseline domain

I have recently installed a second domain controller and all replication seems to be working fine except for group policy - In windows 2012r2, through the new Group Policy Management, when I click on ...
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Ensure drive is mapped at login on laptop with strictly wireless

So, $software runs on a 'server' (windows client w/ file sharing to share out the db folder), and laptop client has the drive mapped and $software also installed. This is the vendor's recommended ...
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Domain Account Does Not Receive Proper Se Privledges from Group Policies

I am attempting to install software that requires SeBackupPrivilege, SeDebugPrivilege, and SeSecurityPrivilegebut I cannot seem to get my Domain Account to retrieve these specific privileges. I ...
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If an email is sent to a user redirects if OOF is on

Is there a way to make a global change to either Exchange or group policy so if an email is received from an email address it will not go into the users mailbox but be forwarded on instead. Basically ...
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Installing MSI Before User Logon

I have a requirement to install a MSI's to our workstations before logon, it's periodically updated and provides updates to our LOB applications. The problem we are encountering is when setting logon ...
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Why does windows xp standalone group policy apply in the safe mode to the default administrator?

I am trying to turn standalone Windows XP installed on VirtualBox virtual machine into an AppStation-style machine (only one allowed application, taskbar, start with lone shutdown option, and a ...
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Using AD/GPO to add machines to WSUS in Windows Server 2012

I was following this guide: http://knowledge.quickstart.com/configure-wsus-to-deploy-updates-using-group-policy/ I've rebooted the machines after the policy updates to ensure they took them. I ran ...
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GPO: Applying a home page to Win7 and Vista Clients running IE9

I am trying to set the homepage on several Windows 7 and Vista machines via Group Policy Preferences. Both are running Internet Explorer 9. The "apply once and do not reapply" option is enabled, as i ...
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Best practice deploy printer in 2012R2 RDSH?

I have 3 servers with 2012 R2 RDS Session Host, where my users log on. I have 4 printers. What is best practice to deploy these 4 printers to my users?... Using GPO shared printers or Deploy ...
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Can I install applications to Remote Desktop Session Hosts via Group Policy?

I have a GPO that installs an application using the Software installation policy under Computer Configuration. I assign this GPO to the OU with our desktop/laptop computers, and my clients all install ...
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Deleted printers keeps coming back - and multiply

My users are on 2012 R2 RDS Session Host servers. I've used "Deploy Printers" (from Print Manager) to deploy 4 printers. The last week, I've had a lot of problems where users can't print. If I ...
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Group policy to auto-enable plug and play disk

Good afternoon, I have an additional disk which is attached to the VM, however every time the server is rebooted the disk shows up in device manager but is disabled "due to group policy" I can then ...
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Transition from GPO to GPP

I have a Windows network with a 2003 server as the PDC, and a 2008R2 server as a DC. We have used GPO sparsely when the majority of our workstations were WinXP, but now we have Windows 7 clients and ...
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GPO to configure Excel 2013?

Using Excel 2013 (Office 2013, 32-bit, per MS recommendation) on Windows 7 Professional, 64bit in a Server 2008R2 domain. When trying to open an Excel 2013 document, we're getting the error box: ...
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How can I get SeSecurityPrivilege enabled?

I'm trying to install a hotfix for SQL Server 2008 and failing on the Rule Check with "Setup account privileges" failed. I am running SQL Server 2008 Standard on Windows Server 2008 R2. Searching on ...
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Why is GPOTool not finding all my GPOs?

I have 91 group policy objects linked to my domain. When I run GPOTool it only finds and reports on 47. Why would the results be missing the rest? I am running Windows 2008 R2 on all 6 domain ...
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How can I create a windows shutdown script from powershell/command-line?

I've read the TechNet pages that describe using computer/user startup/shutdown scripts, and that's great, but I'd like to create those scripts via the command-line (and not have to click around in ...
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GPO - Mapped drive for non-domain user on a domain computer

I am trying to add a mapped drive for a number of CNC machines that all run off Windows XP boxes that are joined to our domain, the computer policies apply fine but as the software for the CNC only ...
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powershell vs GPO for installation, configuration, maintenance

My question is about using powershell scripts to install, configure, update and maintain Windows 7 Pro/Ent workstations in a 2008R2 domain, versus using GPO/ADMX/msi. Here's the situation: Because ...
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GPO Preferences - applying preferences on first logon?

I am applying several preferences via group policy, e.g. drive mappings, regkeys, desktop icons and so on. The problem is that it takes two logons for this settings to get applied. Thinking about it ...
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Hide Network Icon in File Explorer on Server 2012

How can I hide the network icon within Windows Explorer in Windows Server 2012, via group policy? I can do this on 2008R2 using the Windows Explorer "Extra's" settings, but no such setting exists for ...
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Mapped Drive by OU

I want to implement a mapped drive which is hidden/exposed based on the OU of the user. I have a working version of this in one environment (Windows 2008R2; created by someone else), and I am trying ...
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Install RSClientPrint for Reporting Services 2012 using .bat file and still be able to use 2005

I have a Reporting Services 2005 server that when users accessed it and tried to print reports would get a message asking them to install the print control, which they could not do because of lack of ...
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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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Deploying custom fxcop rules amongst developers

I am currently in the process of writing and deploying custom FxCop (Visual Studio Code Analysis) rules, allowing developers to check their code against a series of these custom designed rules. As a ...
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Removing address bar or Hiding its content from Windows Explorer - Windows Server 2008 R2

I'm currently trying to find a GPO or a registry edit that could either remove the address bar from Windows Explorer or prevent the bar from displaying the full UNC path. The current environment has ...
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How do I properly configure Internet Explorer Connection Settings via Group Policy?

I've configured the location of our automatic configuration script under "User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Internet Settings > Internet Explorer 8 > Connections > LAN ...
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Group policy to check/uncheck “require HTTPS” in Internet Explorer 11 trusted sites list?

When adding a list of trusted sites to Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 Professional SP1, there is a checkbox called "Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone". Is there a way ...