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What can be done to properly re-enable the Windows firewall on a domain? Well, the short answer is that it's going to be a lot of work if you decide to forge ahead, and for the record, I'm not sure I would. In the general case, client firewalls don't provide much security in a corporate network (which typically has hardware firewalls and controls this type ...


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When I've had occasion to do this, the way I've effectively disabled log off (and shutdown/restart) is by doing three things. Use GPOs or local security policies (or a registry setting) to remove the logoff option available through the Ctrl+Alt+Del menu. To remove the option from the Ctrl+Alt+Del menu, you need to navigate to User Configuration -> ...


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Edit: I would just like to state that there is nothing inherently wrong with Windows Firewall. It is a perfectly acceptable part of an overall defense-in-depth strategy. The fact of the matter is, most shops are too incompetent or too lazy to be bothered to figure out what firewall rules are needed for the applications that they run, and so they just force ...


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There's no stock functionality in the product to do what you're looking for. I'm sure somebody could come up with a crazy hack that would give you 85% of what you wanted, but that last 15% to make it work would likely have to involve rather invasive modifications to Windows (or, at least, third-party software). Group Policy will let you run arbitrary code on ...


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Man, I can hardly imagine how many things in your environment must be broken if remote WMI can't be used, even from domain controllers, SCCM servers, etc. Sounds painful. But anyway, According to this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782152(v=WS.10).aspx No it doesn't rely on WMI. As long as the Group Policy client can access Sysvol, ...


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Powershell management of Group Policy sucks w/o third-party (commercial) products, in my opinion. I think you're stuck slinging through the XML (or in HTML if you prefer) in Group Policy Objects to do what you're looking for. Fortunately the XML doesn't look that terrifying. The per-printer UID value (which I believe is what @KatherineVillyard is referring ...


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You're running into a design-limitation of Offline Files. It is a per-machine cache, enabled and disabled at a per-machine level. Offline Files limits visibility of items to users who are authorized to view them, but there is a single cache on the machine. You can't disable the caching functionality for just certain users on a machine. There just isn't a ...


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I googled pretty hard, and even toyed with backup-GPO in hopes of being able to hack the resultant XML file and reimport it, but I suspect that a PowerShell script is in your future. It's not that bad. You can generate the printer list from the nearest server and then loop through that and map them. Something like this: $net = New-Object -COMObject ...


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To backup your GPO's: In the GPMC select the Group Policy Objects node. Right click and select "Backup All". Browse for a backup destination. Click "Back Up". Done. To restore a GPO: In the GPMC select the Group Policy Objects node. Right click and select "Manage Backups". Find and select the GPO you want to restore. Click "Restore". Click "OK". Done. ...


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You can perform GPO backups two ways, one with the Group Policy snap-in as described by joeqwerty, or with Powershell. You'll need RSAT installed for the Group Policy Powershell cmdlets. Then just do a simple Backup-GPO: Import-Module GroupPolicy Backup-GPO -All -Path C:\somepath That's it for backup. For restore, you'll do a Restore-GPO, with the ...


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Q: "Can it be set in Group Policy?". A: "Yes it can." Go to Computer Configuration>Policies>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Remote Desktop Services>Remote Desktop Session Host>Connections Specifically the Set rules for remote control of Remote Desktop Services user sessions and change it to Enabled and set the option to Full Control with User's ...


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Not with any of the vanilla Windows tools, I'm afraid. This is where classroom management solutions (Tutor, Impero etc) come in,


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Your understanding is correct. When your company gets to the size that you need to bring in a dedicated Windows sysadmin they're going to be unhappy that you did this. I can't imagine that your logic is so complex that it couldn't be solved by the built-in functionality in Group Policy. Security Group filtering, WMI filtering (which is ...


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GPOs only apply to user objects and computer objects. You will need to apply the GPO to the Users OU, and use security group filtering to ensure it only applies to the users of the RedTeam group.


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You shouldn't be storing user data files on client computers. You should be using something like Folder Redirection, which can be configured via Group Policy, to store user data files on server computers (where they can have all kinds of fun redundancies applied to their storage). If your users need access to their files when disconnected from the network ...


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This can dramatically slow down logons (as expected), but you can force all logon scripts to run before giving a desktop with the GPO policy User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Scripts\Run logon scripts synchronously See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc975925.aspx for more details


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My take is "Group policy needs to be run synchronously". Seriously. The default in Windows 2000 was to run all Group Policy (computer and user) synchronously. Microsoft had materials in their "Official Curriculum" back then that even describe asynchronous policy application as potentially unreliable. You can change this default behavior by using a ...


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I've dealt with similar problems in the past. That being said your organization doesn't look too far from ordinary. A lot of small business are built just like you outline. If you really want to restructure the best solution I have found is setting up an OU with block group policy inheritance at the root of your domain. Build your new structure under this ...


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I think you need to read The Machine SID Duplication Myth: http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2009/11/03/3291024.aspx Machine SIDs and domain SIDs/RIDs are two different things, which is why you see two different things when you run a local tool on the machine, versus an Active Directory Powershell cmdlet. A couple of notes from the ...


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Yes, you can copy the it-IT folder from %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\ to \\domain.com\sysvol\domain\Policies\PolicyDefinitions\ and be able to use either Italian when configuring the ADMX settings from any computer connected to the domain. The ADM files are only in a single language, you can't change that.


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No, you can't turn back time on this one. The previous state of the computers from before the GPO was applied was not recorded, so when Group Policy changed the state of those configurations, there is now no recorded previous state to revert back to. If the damage is seriously bad, you'd be looking at restoring the affected computers from a backup after ...


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GPO doesn't have any reporting mechanism built in. Any decent configuration management software could report what's installed, or you could script it. Warning The following code, recommended by Microsoft, has serious issues. See the comment below this answer with a link to the "Rapid Publishing" (ie Emergency) Knowledge Base article from 2009. If ...


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Locked the keys in the car, eh? I don't believe that one is configurable via Group Policy. Periodic policy refresh isn't going to help you run a script or install software on the machine since both of those operations only occur on a synchronous policy refresh (i.e. a reboot). I think you're going to be stuck laying hands on the machine. I've forgotten ...


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It can easily be done via a GPO. See the TechNet article for how to do this, but it is pretty easy if you understand GPOs already: Manage Favorites and Links SPECIAL THING TO NOTE ON THAT PAGE: To delete existing links: If you are a corporate administrator, select the Delete existing Favorites and Links, if present check box to delete the items on ...


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There are a few different ways to do it. Do you want to force everyone's home page, and disallow changes? Or do you just want to set a default home page that people can modify? If you want to force a home page: (Do what HopelessN00b said) Create a new GPO or edit the existing one. (I'm assuming you know how to do this already. Let me know if you ...


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There is no "right" answer here. My personal preference would be use Group Policy for settings/policies, but for application deployment use PowerShell (or even legacy WSH scripts or batch files), assuming you have a single domain with no complex trust issues. However, there are tradeoffs. Doing everything in PowerShell is certainly legal. Application ...


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That's not a very sound recovery strategy. You cannot simply re-create the same naming and expect things to work. Every object in AD has a security identifier (SID). Creating a lot of objects with the same names might look the same to you, but to AD they are all completely different because the SIDs will differ. You should look into the proper way to backup ...


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There is no substantive behavior difference between Loopback Policy Processing in Windows 7 versus Windows XP. I've got multiple Active Directory environments in which I make heavy use of Loopback Policy Processing and introducing Windows Vista (back in "the day") and Windows 7 machines into environments that already had Windows XP machines using these ...


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Okay, I'm about to suggest something that may or may not get you in trouble, but it's what I use when I'm turning on the firewall. Nmap. (Any port scanner would do.) I fear I don't trust documentation of what ports are in use. I want to see for myself. Background: I'm from an academic environment where student laptops rubbed elbows with our servers ...


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In the group policy preferences registry item there is an option to Apply once and do not reapply. So configure the setting with a preference and check this box. The setting will then only be applied once per profile (for per-user policies).



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