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 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 ...
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How to Automatically Tust Auto Enrolled Code Signing Certificates

In my organization all developers are setup to be granted a Code signing certificate via Auto Enrollment. Additionally, PowerShell is configured by group policy to require all scripts to be signed. ...
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Can GPO templates in Server 2012R2 manage Win8.1 Win10 & Server 2012R2?

We just upgraded our DC to server 2012 R2 and testing Win8.1 / Win10 / Server 2012R2 with it. Just wondering that if the native admin templates in 2012R2's GPO can manage all win8.1/Win10/2012r2? or ...
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Active Directory Export GPO user

I would like to get in .csv (or any other readable format) all my AD users and the policies that they need to comply (the type of authentication each user needs, his event logging properties and even ...
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Enable Certificate Enrollment Policy and Request a Cert using PowerShell

Right now, I'm doing the following to request a cert from a CEP server: Open gpedit.msc Under Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Public Key Policies, double click ...
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Windows user privileges when running scheduled task

I posted a question a while ago about allowing a specific user to start/stop Windows services. Provide a user with service start/stop permissions I decided to revisit the issue. I have no idea what ...
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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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2008 GPO not replicating on 2012 server

I have a Windows Server 2012 system and the domain controller is running Windows Server 2008. The domain controller also hosts the domain group policy. Most of the settings have replicated to the ...
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Is there a way to tell how long a machine has been in an security group?

Machines get added to a security group to prevent them from getting a GPO. I'd like the machines to get removed after 30 days of being in the group. Ideally, I'd like to also be able to generate a ...
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Lockdown Mozilla Thunderbird on Windows Remote Desktop Services

I've installed Mozilla Thunderbird 31.3.0 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 which has the Remote Desktop Services role. I want to configure the Thunderbird program and set each user's email account etc and ...
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“Group policy client service failed. The logon access is denied” when copying roaming profiles to new server. (Samba)

We have perfectly working roaming profiles on Samba 3.3.10 (SuSE) with Windows 7 clients. We configured our new server with same domain name, Samba 4.1.11 (Debian). On the new server, for newly ...
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Assign DNS settings on client via elevated script in GPO

i have installed windows 2012 as a member server in my existing windows 2008 DC. now i want to assign secondary DNS on my windows 7/8 client PCs. I do not have DHCP in my environment. I tried to find ...
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What are the security implications of the “Allow DNS Suffix Appending to Unqualified Multi-Label Name Queries” setting?

The Allow DNS Suffix Appending to Unqualified Multi-Label Name Queries group policy was introduced in Windows Vista, and blocks the behaviour of child subdomains being tested against domain suffix, ...
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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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Pin “Run” to taskbar through group policy

Is there are way to pin the "Run" button to taskbar through group policy or a script? Only the specific items needs to be pinned. The other items are not to be touched. Partial solutions I found on ...
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How to disable an account after being created 30 days

Is there any built-in group policy object in windows server 2003 or 2008 for disabling an account or set of accounts in an organizational unit after 30 days since that account was created. If there is ...
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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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Windows 7: Deploying Printer Settings without a Print Server

I am a part-time Windows 7 administrator in an office with about 10 PCs and a standalone networked printer... No Windows print server, though we do have an Active Directory domain. So I have been ...
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Can't access share sometimes and some strange performance issues

I'm getting error 0x80070043 "The network name cannot be found" when accessing \\dc01 (the root), but can access shares via \\dc01\share. When I get that error I also didn't get the network drive on ...
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BITS policies to limit bandwitdth usage is not taking effect

We have a fleet of roughly 1300 Windows 7 SP1 clients who use a centralized WSUS server to download updates from. We've implemented the following BITS policy to limit the bandwidth during working ...
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How do Administrative Templates (ADMX files) work?

I know basically nothing about Group Policy, other than that I've occasionally edited some settings using Local Group Policy Editor on my local Windows machine. I do have experience with applying ...
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Can't store TPM information in AD

I am attempting to use GP to store TPM information in AD. I have verified that the schema contains the proper object property, and verified that the property and the ACE is present on the given ...
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Group Policy WMI Filter to Check if Windows Feature is Installed

The following returns true for servers without the Server GUI installed: WMIC PATH Win32_OptionalFeature WHERE "Caption = 'Microsoft-Windows-Server-Gui-Shell-Package-DisplayName' AND InstallState = ...
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GPO's filtered out - wrong domain name reported by BGinfo

I am trying to locate a group policy deployment issue I have. The problem is that domain related GPO's are filtered out. We renamed our domain lately from: CONTOSO to: lan.CONTOSO.com (Netbios name ...
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gpupdate fails, access denied - event ID 1055

I became aware of this issue yesterday after pushing out GPO for Software Policy Restrictions. I am unable to push out MSI installations to certain computers. I went to look at the one of the ...
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Can I Deploy a batch file with Group Policy to run as administrator?

I have created a batch fill which will block Facebook by amending the hosts file in this location: C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts This is the contents of the file: @echo off echo ...
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gpupdate doesn't work on everything

On a Win2008 Domain Controller, I've changed an user account property "Account is sensitive..." Of course, I want that GPO to apply immediately So I try gpupdate (or gpupdate /force), but it ...
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Creating Scheduled Task from Group Policy. Can't write to network share?

I am using NinitePro and group policy to deploy and update software on our small network of 150 Win 7 and WinXP machines. I am roughly following these instructions: ...
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Domain controller is not listening on port 445

Is there a way to find why the DC is not listening on 445? -> Firewall rules checked , no denies found and the traffic is allowed. -> file share and print share services running. What else to check? ...
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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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802.1.x GPO configuration with restriction by computers and users

802.1.x configuration possible using Machine Policy GPO. So, typical scenario is creating security group for computers and applying our policy with 802.1.x to this group. After this all machines from ...
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Bginfo via GPO Server 2008 r2 - Timer Not Working

I am running Bginfo via GPO on Server 2008 r2 with Windows 7 clients. The bat file (below) is run by: User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (Logon/Logoff). Bat File ...
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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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Network Security: Lan Manager Authentication Level

I'm a little bit confused by the explanation provided for the setting "Network Security: LAN Manager AUthentication Level" in group policies. The provided explanation only talks about clients and ...