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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What are the popular (free?) options for application deployment? [closed]

I manage a small school network with about 150 machines. I am looking for an easy way to deploy software to all the machines without having to visit each one. I've used Symantec Ghost to get the ...
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What is Group Policy and how does it work?

This is a Canonical Question about Active Directory Group Policy Basics What is Group Policy? How does it work and why should I use it? Note: This is a Question & Answer to new ...
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Group Policy installation failed error 1274

I'm trying to deploy an MSI via the Group Policy in Active Directory. But these are the errors I'm getting in the System event log after logging in: The assignment of application XStandard from ...
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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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What group-policies have you applied?

I have set about 10 group-policies, and it works OK. Although, it would be interesting to see what kind of things IT-administrators enforce. If you have a ton of policies, just show some, that you ...
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How to lock down Windows XP for use as an internet kiosk?

One of our clients, whose website we built, is a manufacturer of ultra-high-end bicycles. They would like to distribute kiosks -- basically, locked-down Windows XP boxes from Dell -- at some of their ...
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How is software deployed via Active Directory?

What are the steps required for deploying a software package via Active Directory / GPO?
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What is the order group policy settings are applied?

So I have been reading the document "Group Policy processing and precedence". I get that policies are applied in the order of local, site, domain, organizational unit, child organizational unit. The ...
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Internet Explorer 9 & 10 Group Policy Preferences missing

I have a single Domain Controller network (Windows Server 2008 R2, running on the 2003 Forest/domain level), with the clients currently migrating from WinXP Pro to Win7 Pro. I Need to control the ...
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Windows 10: Group Policy fails to apply directly after boot, succeeds later

My problem is that Group Policy is not applied when a client is freshly booted. Directly after boot, the client posts an error message in the event log with source "GroupPolicy ...
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Windows Server 2008 mapped drives not showing on workstations?

I am running Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition with a Windows XP Pro workstation setup as a test unit. I have added an Organisational Unit called 'Misc Users' and have linked a GP called 'Basic ...
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Is it possible to add a local user to the admins group through group policy?

I'd like to have a local user in the admins group for when the computer isn't connected to the domain. Currently I use a start up script to create the user and add it to the admins group. Is there a ...
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Group Policy applying only once?

For my own sanity can someone please advise why my GPO's to install application only works once? (both Machine level and User) When I say once, I let the script install to test on a virtual machine. ...
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Managing Users Logging into Multiple Workstations with Group Policy or AD Settings

Has anyone found a good way within Active Directory or Group Policy in order to prevent users from logging into multiple workstations simultaneously? As a bit of background, I currently am a System ...
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Disable password complexity rule in Active Directory

Where do I go to disable the password complexity policy for the domain? I've logged onto the domain controller (Windows Server 2008) and found the option in local policies which is of course locked ...
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How do I deploy an internal certificate authority?

IE7 aggressively warns about certificate failure; we have some internal sites that run over HTTPS and thus need a valid cert. We appear to have an certificate authority on the intranet that can sign ...
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'Windows Update' Best Practices

I'm finding that most users ignore the "There are updates ready to be installed, click here to install" message that WSUS pushes out. Until now we haven't forced the install but I'm thinking about ...
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Disabling IE add-ons and toolbars with Group Policy?

I'd love to have the peace of mind of knowing that none of my desktops have toolbars, "browser helpers" or any other crap like that running. Has anybody done this successfully with Group Policy? I ...
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Group policy preferences that only target 32bit or 64bit os

I am currently deploying some files through GPP to a folder under program files. I now have to differ between a 64bits and 32bits os. What is the easy way to filter out what computer to target with ...
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Warn user if they try to logoff

I want a certain local user to not log off. ever. It's much like this silly question, however I don't necessarily care if the buttons are there, I want to pop up a messagebox that says "Please do not ...
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Locked myself out of Group Policy Editor

I set 'only allow certain applications' restrictions and accidentally applied them across the board to all accounts. Now I'm restricted to only running a browser and can't run the group policy editor! ...
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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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Is there a way to disable “check online for updates from windows update” in windows update settings?

I have configured WSUS server in order to preserve bandwith in the network wile keeping essential updates turned on using that WSUS. Intranet WSUS server pointing to client pc and other settings are ...
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How do I deploy MS hotfix KB959628 exe/msp via a gpo easily?

I have been given a Microsoft hotfix that I need to deploy over the entire domain. I want to use GPO as the users do not have admin rights and Office was not deployed from an administrative point. It ...
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Hide Total Size and Free Space on Network Drives

I would like to know if there is a way, preferably through Group Policy, that one can hide the total size listing and the free space listing on network drives. We have an active directory environment ...
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Windows - Software restriction policy to block exe files in all subdirectories

How can I block all executables in %APPDATA%? I've read for CryptoLocker this is a good policy: C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\*\*.exe But that apparently won't protect more than one layer ...
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What security context does the Group Policy engine run under on Windows?

More specifically… I would like to create a policy that runs a login script to copy a file from a share to a local folder. What account do I need to grant access to on the share in order for the ...
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Windows 7 blocks network access to network-installed apps

Windows 2008 R2 domain. Users, running Windows 7 Enterprise, are trying to run some software from a network share. Specifically, I've tested this with MATLAB and PuTTY. When starting, MATLAB has to ...
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Unable to restore a backup GPO in Active Directory

I have only recently downloaded the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager and created several "profiles" and exported them as "GPO Backup (folder). No problems there.. Now I have copied the folders ...
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Active Directory GPO for Password Policy Not Applying from Default Domain Policy

Ok. I have implemented a Password Policy. I know from previous posts that it cannot be applied from within an OU so I have configured it from the Default Domain Policy. I run RSOP.msc from a client ...
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Can I use Powershell to configure Local group policy settings in windows server 2008 r2

in Windows server 2008 r2 , for this manual process open run >gpedit.msc > computer configuration > windows templates > windows update > specify intranet microsoft update service location > ...
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Configuring location based GPO for WSUS updates but only for some clients

I would like to configure WSUS so that employees arrive in main location they use WSUS to download stuff, and when they are in other locations (different locations / home etc) they use Windows ...
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Add Group Policy by Script

I'm trying to make it easy to add a LogOff script to Group Policy and am having difficulty finding any information on adding Group Policy via script. I already have the script I want to run at ...
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Group Policy Exemptions using filters

I have set a policy to enforce screensaver with a lockout after 7 minutes prompting for password. I have found that there are a few machines as exemptions. I have made another policy to disable the ...
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How to do folder redirection

I am using the instructions found here: http://www.informit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=windowsserver&seqNum=61 on a windows 2008 machine. My question is in regard to this step: 2.From the left ...
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Networkmapping script (VBS) Vista doesn't work, XP does

I've got a weird problem, (like always :p ) Okay: Situation: Windows 2003 domain with XP clients. With a GPO I'm running a VBS script on login to map a few drives. This works great on XP, but not on ...
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Registry key / GPO to disable and block Windows 10 upgrade?

One of our remote Windows 7 Professional users just reported that he received an Upgrade Reservation Offer for Windows 10. It appears the Get Windows 10 "App" running in his system tray is legit. So ...
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How can I restrict the java plugin to run only on certain sites in Internet Explorer?

I want to secure our centrally managed computers better and it is very difficult to automatically deploy the java runtime, but how to do that is another question. I find the security of Java ...
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Group Policy: Administrator Rights for Specific Users on Specific Computers

I'm a programmer stuck trying to administer an Active Directory setup for a small company. The Domain Controller is running Windows Small Business Server 2008. We have a staff of field workers using ...
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I deployed Flash Player via a Software Installation policy. How to upgrade?

I have a Windows Server 2008 machine as my DC. Earlier this year I created a Software Installation GPO to deploy Adobe Flash Player plugin MSI. I assigned the policy to the computers, about half run ...
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Mapping printers using Group Policy Preferences; works on Windows XP, not on Windows 7 x64

I'm trying to use Group Policy Preferences to manage user connections to shared printers. The print server is Windows Server 2003 R2 Std edition. Several printers are installed, and I've added x64 ...
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Deploying Printers to Computers vs. Users via GPO

When I deploy a printer to a computer it only seems to deploy to our Windows XP machines. If I deploy to users it deploys to our Windows XP and 7 machines. When I look in the RSoP Snap-in it shows the ...
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GPO to remove “Highlight new programs”?

I need to disable the "highlight new programs" feature in Windows start menu via a GPO but can't find such a setting. Does such a thing even exist or is it achievable only through registry ...
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Diagnosing why a Group Policy Object is inaccessible

I have a Windows Server 2003 domain. One of the Group Policy Objects appears as a linked item in an OU but all I can see if the Unique ID and that the Link Status is Enabled. There is a red minus icon ...
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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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How to disable Windows Update on all computers in a domain

Instead of logging into each computer, I would like to find a way to disable Windows Update on each computer in the domain from a single location (e.g., the domain controller). The domain controller ...
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Disable Windows Server Network Locations

I'm not sure what exactly this feature is called. But in Windows Server 2008, it has the Vista Public/Private/Domain locations. This makes sense for laptops, and none at all for servers. My problem ...
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Deploying Printers via GPO/GPP - is there a programmatic option?

For reasons beyond my control, I've been tasked with setting up GPO/GPPs to deploy our 100+ printers to our 1000+ clients. The good news is that we have over a dozen sites, and for the most part, I'm ...
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Managing self-updating Windows software in GPO-deployed packages

Being very new to Windows software distribution for a small network (<50 clients) I was wondering how software packages like Adobe's Reader or Java are handled. I can deploy them as MSIs via group ...
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Is it possible to use Group Policy to grant the permission to manage Windows services?

Is it possible to use Group Policy to grant the permission to manage Windows services? I would really like to know if this is even possible, and if so, where do you recommend I look for more ...