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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Syncing Domain Controller Clocks

It appears some computers in our computer lab have clocks running about 3-4 minutes fast. As of right now, when we join a computer to the domain, it sets the clock based on our server's Domain ...
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If a GPO is not the Winning GPO does none or part of the GPO get applied?

I am reviewing some gpresults settings and it shows the Winning GPO as a server configured GPO. If another GPO has already won and a second GPO tries to set a conflicting settings does the second ...
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Can I apply a Group Policy only to systems that have specific software installed?

If I wanted to setup a group policy that installed Java, this would be no problem. But is it possible for the group policy to only apply to systems that have Mozilla Firefox installed? I don't know ...
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How to lock Windows 7 workstation after inactivity via GPO (no screensaver or blank screen- just lock screen)

Our users have increasingly started leaving their workstations logged in and unattended (during lunch breaks etc.) To tackle the security threat this poses, we have enforced a password-protected ...
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How to configure Chrome on a Terminal Server

I have installed Google Chrome on a Windows 2003 Terminal Server and I now want to configure it for the users. How do I do that? For example clear cookies when browser close, set favorites and the ...
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Redeploying Office to a single client after manual uninstall

One of our client PC's recently got random crash issues with MS Word. I manually uninstalled Office 2003 locally on the client, ran "gpupdate /force /boot" and expected the client to reinstall Office ...
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Conficker: Should steps taken in group policy to secure against virus remain?

We got nailed two weeks ago by Conficker, I ran through the 26 step checklist from Mircrosoft on my own computer, as well as on our domain server. It says near the end to reverse all the changes, but ...
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Create a security group that can promote a member server to domain controller without being in the domain admins group

I am trying to figure out a way to delegate permission to a security group to add domain controllers to a domain. The catch is I do not want to add them to the Domain Admin or Enterprise Admin ...
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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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Java 8 Update 25 Install Via GPO Not Working

I am trying to set up our Active Directory DC to automatically install Java 8 Update 25 (jre1.8.0_25.msi) using Group Policy. When attempting to add the jre1.8.0_25.msi package in the GPO at Computer ...
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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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Install chrome extensions via GPO

I'm attepting to install the adblock chrome extension using Google's Chrome ADM's. User Configuration/Policies/Classic Administrative Templates/Google/Google Chrome/Extensions Configure the list of ...
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Publish Bookmarks in FireFox with Active Directory (AD)

Issue: We have a number of bookmarks that we need to publish to our users computers that are bound to active directory. We can easily accomplish this with group policy for Internet Explorer. At the ...
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local admin vs domain admin on a domain controller

I would like to create a group policy to set a specific password for all local administrator users. Now even though you can't manage local users on a domain controller ("This snap-in cannot be used on ...
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Event ID for modified GPOs

I have to know, who (usersid or loginname) changed a specified GPO for a specified OU in the Active Directory. Given our audit settings include this, what would be the right Event ID to look for?
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Set Windows default sound scheme using GPO

We have 50 Windows 7 client computers in an AD OU for which we need to change the Windows Default Sound Scheme to None. How can this be accomplished using Group Policy?
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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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Group Policy Files - Active Directory

I am having a whole lot of trouble getting some files distributed across the network. My settings are: Action: Replace Source: \\[fqdn]\Repo\sqljdbcl.jar Destination: ...
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What is the best method to change the server used for folder redirection?

For years I've been using folder redirection for all my desktop clients (Win7). I am looking to migrate all data to a new server/share. I have already created a new share with the same ACL and used ...
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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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Company Wide Windows Auth with Chrome and Firefox

I know that we can allow Firefox to allow passing through of Windows credentials by editing the following about:config settings --If using Kerberos-- network.negotiate-auth.trusted-uris ...
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Targetting Printer GPO to a Subnet

I'm aware that you can target specific printers via the individual Item-level targeting to a subnet. I have about 20 printers that I would rather put the full group policy into maybe a WMI filter for ...
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Create a Lockout policy for RDP

In my city there was a recent incident that some hackers login to a server by using brute force attack on RDP. I have got a server and I want to enable some security policy to lockout the account if ...
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How to hide “Log Off” button Windows 2008 R2?

I have created a Standard user and disabled the "Switch User/Lock" from registry with the followings : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer ...
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Windows 2008 startup script will not run?

I am trying to get a very simple batch script to run when my Windows 2008 Server (R2) system starts up. I have added the script to the "Startup Scripts" in the local group policy by running ...
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Server 2008: Link security group to organisational unit

I've created a test domain with 2 VM's to experiment and try to gain some knowledge using Server 2008 (+GPO's, OU's, ADUC etc) however I've become a little stuck. I've created an OU called User ...
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Windows 2003 DC GPO Asking for Password on Startup

Simple answer I am sure...I an trying to deploy Office 2010 to clients via the GPO startup script but am having issues. Soon as the computer starts, it prepares network connections then goes on to ...
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Exactly HOW are machine start-up Group Policies processed and what is required?

We have Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Enterprise. I'm asking this because we have several hundred laptops and netbooks at our organization. We do'nt have a NAC or a RADIUS server so all the wireless ...
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Is there a way to set access to WMI using GroupPolicy?

From various documentation it appears that to change WMI access you need to use WMI to access the running service and modify specific parts of the tree. Its kind of annoying changing 150,000 hosts ...
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Applying Group Policy to the Security Groups

I'm using VBScript in my logon script to map network drives.. I know that a group policy should applied to individual user accounts and computer accounts by linking (GPOs) to Active Directory ...
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Change default profile directory per group

Is it possible to force windows to create profiles for members of one active directory group in a different folder from members in another active directory group? The school here uses DeepFreeze to ...
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Printer deployment via Group Policy not working on a single system

One of my coworkers just got a new laptop running Windows 7 Pro x64. We use a GPO to deploy the printers to every system, but for some reason it is not working on this system. I have been breaking my ...
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Windows 7 - Group Policy - Allow RDP Credentials to be Saved

Im trying to use RDP and save my credentials in a file so I dont have to entire it each time I connect. I remember doing it before and it involved changing a group policy setting. What exactly do I ...
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Published software not displayed in Add/Remove Programs

I just followed How to use Group Policy to remotely install software in Windows Server 2003 to try publishing a software (MSI file). I could follow all the steps, but the supposedly successfully ...
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How to audit a specific folder in Windows Server 2003?

We have had several cases of file deletion in one of our windows file servers. Server is also a domain controller. Unfortunately we kept the auditing disabled completely due it being such a resource ...
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Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini for GPO CN={31B2F340-016D-11D2-945F-00C04FB984F9}

I'm in the middle of a "swing" migration from Windows SBS 2003 to Server 2003 Standard. It's going okay so far but we're getting event 1058 on client machines: Windows cannot access the file gpt.ini ...
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Adding registry values to all users on domain

I have four registry values I would like to add to both HKCU and HKLM for all users connected to a network domain. Currently we are manually running a batch file on each of the computers when ...
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How to dump(collect) all the group policies in a domain?

I want to collect all the GPOs in a domain , for reviewing settings. How many ways are there to do it. I used Get-GPOREPORT in Powershell, but it gave a comprehensive html file, is these a way to ...
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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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Group Policy - Transferring to another domain

I am in the process of setting up two RDS servers in different locations on different domains, I've set one up and I am very happy with it, it looks like a windows 7 desktop and its really fast so I ...
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Invalid directory pathname trying to back up GPO

DFSR replication seems to be broken in my domain, and before starting to fix that, I wanted to take backups of the current Group Policy Objects. However, I am unable to back up the Default Domain ...
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Exchange 2010 - Change “Conversation View” default setting in Outlook Web App

I'm converting an organization to Exchange from an older Linux-based Sendmail/Dovecot POP3 setup. In an attempt to ease the transition, I'd like to leverage Outlook Web App to help acclimate users to ...
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Does Group Policy detect installed version before downloading an MSI from network

I used group policy to deploy an Adobe Reader X .msi file, which successfully updated the machines it was targeted to. The computer group those machines belong to still has a link to the GPO which ...
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Default Domain Policy Corrupted

It appears that our domain's default domain policy is corrupted. The GPT.ini file is corrupted. When I go to open it, I get an access denied error. I tried to take ownership through explorer, takeown, ...
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How do I package this vbscript as a msi for Group Policy

I had a developer that is no longer with us create an msi to do this for me, but the package is outdated now and we need to deploy new files. Basically I need to do the following: Take the code at ...
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Merging group policies

So basically, we have a dozen or more group policies which make the process of applying/changing/adding new policies a PITA. What I want to do is merge all the policies together and basically end up ...
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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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Best practice for defining user “HOMEDRIVE” “HOMEPATH” “HOMESHARE”

Is it considered a best practice to map domain users' "HOME" environment variables to a network path? If so, why? By "HOME" variables, I am referring to: %HOMEDRIVE% %HOMEPATH% %HOMESHARE% This ...
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How to define the built-in administrators group in a group-policy object?

How do I define the built-in administrators group in a group policy? For example Computer Configuration => Policies => Windows Settings => Security Options => Local Policies => User ...
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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 ...