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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Windows 8: GPO to block shutdown without blocking restart?

Windows has a local security policy for disabling the ability to shut down a computer, but this also blocks the ability to restart the machine. Is there a way to block only shutdown without blocking ...
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How do I block inheritance/application of a single GPO?

Due to the workload generated by recent ransomware outbreaks (Cryptolocker/Cryptowall/etc.), I was recently tasked with implementing Software Restriction policies to block program execution from ...
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How to set the Internet Explorer Home Page via GPO?

I need to set the default home page for the entire domain via GPO. Where is the IE Home Page Policy located?
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How do I make browser shortcuts w/custom proxy settings available on user desktops?

In our environment, we have about 30 testers (website testers) located at different physical locations. However, they all log on to the same AD. As it is now, their MSIE is configured to access the ...
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Adding static route through group policy

We are trying to add a static route across all of our end user machines, we have setup a GPO object under Computer configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Scripts (startup/shutdown) > Startup. ...
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Software installation by group policy

I have a server with windows 2008 r2, it is connected N client. Clients use software that releases updates. Is there an application that I install on the server, which allows you to select the ...
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GPO to set firefox proxy

CONTEXT I have recently assigned to restructure a corporate network that contains about 100 client computers. There is an active directory domain (2003 functional level) for the whole network. The ...
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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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Network based automount drive in GPO

For starters, I know about net use for this, but I need a more sophisticated solution. We have two branches, and both have a server with shared drives, both of which have are (or will have) the same ...
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Deleting Local Profiles when using Roaming Profiles at Log off

I'm currently building an environment that will host about 5,000 users over 20 AppServer. I have finalized my GPOs but I'm experiencing an issue with the user's local profile when roaming profiles is ...
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How do you override a GPO with another GPO?

If there is a GPO which is applied to all Domain Computers which disables something, is there a way to re-enable the disabled thing for some hosts in the domain, without taking those hosts out of the ...
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Why is my loopbacked GPO reporting as disabled

Let me start by saying that my experience with GPO is limited to tentatively poking at settings until they fall into place by trial and error. It is entirely possible this will be a very obvious ...
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Group policy WMI Logon Server

I'm trying to setup a GP to do tasks if in a certain location, I believe the best way in doing this is a WMI filter. Could someone help me out? I've never used this part of GP before. Was looking ...
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Group Policy WMI Filter query

I'm putting in place a policy to install AV software but only want it to apply when the computer has no AV software installed, I know WMI can be used for this but don't have a clue how it can be done. ...
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Firewall is Enabled after Server is Moved to New OU

I am experiencing an issue with Windows Firewall via Group Policy on Windows SBS 2008. When moving any machine, physical or virtual, from our primary SBSComputers OU to our SBSServers OU (no ...
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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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Pre-Moving user files prior to folder redirection to new folder

I have folder redirection in place at the office I work for. The user files currently reside in a folder on my file server. I am in the process of reworking the GPO and AD structure to facilitate ...
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Server 2008 R2 WMI problems

I get error "1065" from Group Policy when trying to run GPUpdate, and Group Policy is specifying that it cannot process the WMI query. I can successfully run some queries manually, but WMIDiag ...
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How do I set default internet zone level with Group policy?

I have been trying for a while to get this done with no success. It looks like my group policy settings are being applied when I run the group policy results wizard. Here is what I am doing to set ...
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GPO's between domains with a trust relationship

Is it possible to apply a GPO from one domain to another domain with a trust relationship? We have a GPO that adds a management security group to the local admin group of domain joined computers. My ...
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SQL Reporting Denying Access to User After Move to New Group

We have a SQL Server 2008 server setup with reporting services so that users can log in and run certain reports. I have a user that was granted browse permissions to this as we had their initial ...
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Automate Windows Server 2008 Local Policy Changes?

I'm a student assistant in IT at a large organization with several less than cooperative separate IT departments. My little IT group currently doesn't have Active Directory rights to send a Group ...
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Disable USB mass storage access on client machines

This might not be a new question for this forum but for me it is very critical. I am having a network of 10 PCs, one is having Windows Server 2012 and Others having Windows 7/Windows 8.1. The server ...
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W2K8R2 - A way to convert effecitve Group Policy settings to import on stand-alone machines for local policy?

If I have a relatively robust domain environment (e.g. 20 Security related Group Policy Objects) applying to my servers as a baseline set of policy settings and I have a stand-alone server that I want ...
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Drive Maps via Group Policy - Overlapping Policies

((NOTE: We are on Windows 8.1 with a 2008R2 domain)) We have decided to move away from mapping drives via a log in script and attempting to do it via Group Policy. I have personally been doing this ...
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Change dnserror.htm page when cannot locate website in Internet Explorer via Group Policy

When you type in a URL in Internet Explorer and it cannot be located via DNS it loads dnserror.htm from a .DLL in C:\Windows\System32\en-US\ieframe.dll.mui. I have read that you can use a program ...
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GPO To Modify Registry Setting Not Applying

I have a XenApp Server running on Server 2008, and would like to apply a Group Policy Object to the server to modify the following registry setting: HKLM\Software\Symantec\Symantec Endpoint ...
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How to Push out OneDrive for Business on multiple network computers

I have several network computers that I need to install Microsoft's OneDrive for Business software agent on. It can be downloaded here: http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2903984 It is an exe so Group ...
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Disable user printing from browser in corporate intranet [closed]

... per a suggestion I've moved this from StackOverflow Within a corporate intranet, can the browser be controlled via policy and/or command line parameters to prevent a user from printing a specific ...
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GPO to Disable Screensaver only when connected via RDP

Is there a GPO option to disable the idle-time screensaver for RDP connections, but keep the idle-time screensaver options for interactive logins? Edit: All users are TS users as well a local so they ...
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Allow Non-Administrators to Install Specific Devices - Classes

I'm automating driver installation with the use of a central driver store. An important part of this approach is to add the Class GUID's of the devices/drivers to the GPO (Allow Non-Administrators to ...
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Set User Time Zone by GPO on Windows Server 2012

I am trying to set the time zone of users in Windows Server 2012 by using a user GPO. To be more precise, I have an application which users can log into by RDP, what I am trying to do is when they ...
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Enforcing lock screen after idle time via GPO

I run a network of computers and I would like enforce a GPO which locks the screen after a predefined idle time. I can't find this setting, I can only find a screen saver idle time setting, how can I ...
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Printers intermittently not being set as default

We have a lab of computers with printers being deployed to and set as default with Group Policy Preferences, but we're getting a large number of users who don't pick up the default settings. There's ...
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Audit policy applied, then removed after each gpupdate

This question addresses my issue, however the solution isn't solving it on all my workstations. One of my workstations turned off auditing this morning magically on its own. Each time I run a gpupdate ...
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Disable Outlook Web Access Junk filtering in Exchange 2013

By default, Outlook Web Access (OWA) in Exchange 2013 seems to move suspected junk mail to the Junk Email folder. This is undesirable behavior in most of my environments because we have Barracuda Spam ...
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Windows GPO Software Restrictions Policy not working with %TEMP% variable

I'm trying to put in some meagre additional malware prevention measures, by restricting the execution of *.exe in a handful of locations -- in particular, the temporary folders that various ...
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processing of Group Policy failed only on 2008 Servers and Name Resolution failure on the current domain controller

Spent last 3 months doing a upgrade from 2003 domain to a 2008R2 domain. our last DC was rebuilt (5 total) and brought up on line. After it was put on line we have some 2008 and 2008R2 servers (10 ...
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Applocker vs Software restriction policy

The goal is to prevent users from running unwanted programs on a terminal server. I have read many articles from Microsoft and others saying that the new Applocker feature is 100% better than the ...
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Assigning a GPO to a computer?

I have a sales area with 30 Computers in it. The Employee turn over is very high and I was tired of setting multiple users up everyday. I made a Sale1 logon and am having all 30 Computers use it. The ...
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Moving AppData to a new share: best practice for moving data

My company uses folder redirection to store the AppData folder on a network share. I will be moving the AppData to a new share and I was wondering about the automatic data transfering feature of the ...
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How to abort applying group policy when it is stuck for too long?

I had a problem with a Win2k8 Domain Controller and had to restart it. It restarted with no issues and reached the "PRESS CTRL + DEL TO LOGON" screen. And so I did a usual logon with an ...
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Group policy deployed printer: One duplicates?

As a preface, no this doesn't have to do with Remote Desktop's Redirected printers at all. I've deployed an HP printer (called \Manager\Picasso) under User Configuration in a Group Policy object. ...
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How do I grant start/stop/restart permissions on a service to an arbitrary user or group on a non-domain-member server?

We have a suite of Windows Services running on our servers which perform a bunch of automated tasks independently of one another, with the exception of one service which looks after the other ...
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Impact of enforcing software restriction policies via GPO 2008r2

We are trying to prevent the execution of certain system related executables by regular users on our network (mmc, cmd, ldp, etc.). I have suggested the use of software hashing rules but I am ...
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Restore legacy audit policies on Windows Server 2008 R2

Recently, I was trying to reduce spam of my security audits by disabling auditing of "Filtering Platform Packet Drop". In a week's time, I get enough of these audits the fill a 200Mb logfile. I tried ...
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Group Policy not blocking RDP saved credentials when using hostname

Group policy is set up to prevent users from using saved credentials, works fine when connecting to the RDP via IP address or FQDN. But connecting in through just the hostname allows a user to save ...
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Windows Firewall: Remote Desktop block action by local policy

On a fresh domain-joined Server 2012 R2 install I see a peculiarity where an enabled "Remote Desktop" rule is set to Block in the Domain profile: As block rules take precedence over allow rules, I ...
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RSOP resolves wrong computer name

I have imaged a computer using Acronis Snap Deploy. The source computer from where the image have been taken is SOURCEW7, and the computer created with this image is W7TEST When I do a RSOP ...
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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 ...