Contents tagged with Group Policies

  • Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions are now available for download!

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 29 2008, 6:56 AM. Posted in Group Policies.

    Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions are now available for download. This is a cool thing bringing lot's of Group Policy Power to admins around the world!

    The GPP CSEs are included in Windows Server 2008 RTM, but can now be downloaded for: Windows XP SP2+ (32/64 bit) Windows Server 2003 SP1+ (32/64 bit) Windows Vista RTM+ (32/64 bit)

    These are the links:GPP CSEs for Windows Vista (KB943729)GPP CSEs for Windows Vista x64 Edition (KB943729)GPP CSEs for Windows Server 2003 (KB943729)GPP CSEs for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB943729)GPP CSEs for Windows XP (KB943729)GPP CSEs for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB943729)

    To get Group Policy Preferences on your network all you need is a single Windows Server 2008 as a management station in you existing Windows Server 2003 AD (or 2008 AD of course). When RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) is out there - very soon! - a Windows Vista SP1 will be enough to get this cool functionality in your domain!

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  • ADMX Migrator 1.2

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 11:31 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    The ADMX Migrator is a snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) that simplifies the process of converting your existing Group Policy ADM Templates to the new ADMX format and provides a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates.
    The ADMX Migrator enables you to convert ADM files to the ADMX format and take advantage of the additional capabilities that it provides. The new XML-based format includes multilanguage support, an optional centralized datastore, and version control capabilities. You can select multiple ADM files for conversion. The ADMX Migrator creates a unique namespace which you can rename and will display a warning if a collision is detected due to duplicate names. Also, any items that cannot be validated against the ADMX schema are preserved in an Unsupported section. Please note that any annotations in ADM files are removed during the conversion process.Additionally, the ADMX Migrator provides an ADMX editor with a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates. You can select settings from menus rather than entering them manually in a text file, speeding template creation and reducing the chance for error. Version 1.2 includes: (1) Enhancements and bug fixes to support a wider range of ADM templates for conversion to ADMX.(2) Enhancements to code and documentation for conversion error reporting and warnings.(3) Improved handling of internationalized ADMX templates.
     
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  • An Overview of Group Policy Preferences

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 11:17 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    This white paper introduces Group Policy preferences, a feature new in Microsoft Windows Server 2008, and describes how you can use Group Policy preferences to better deploy and manage operating system and application settings. Group Policy preferences enable information technology professionals to configure, deploy, and manage operating system and application settings they previously were not able to manage using Group Policy. Examples include mapped drives, scheduled tasks, and Start menu settings. For many types of operating system and application settings, using Group Policy preferences is a better alternative to configuring them in Windows images or using logon scripts.
     
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  • Advanced Group Policy Management Overview

    Posted by bink on November 13 2007, 11:13 PM. Posted in Group Policies, Desktop Optimization Pack.

    This white paper is an overview of Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), and describes its benefits, how it works, and the next steps for evaluating it. AGPM helps you better manage Group Policy objects (GPOs) in your environment by providing change control, offline editing, and role-based delegation. AGPM is a key component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP).
  • Give the Group Policy team your feedback

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 12 2007, 9:08 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

     message from the Group Policy team, inviting you to provide your feedback on how you use GP in Windows Vista:

    The Microsoft Group Policy team would like to hear from you!  Please take a few minutes and complete the survey on how you use Group Policy to help Microsoft enhance the manageability Group Policy provides to your organization.  The survey can be found here and is completely anonymous.  The survey will remain open through Friday, September 28, 2007.  Thank you in advance for your time and input!

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  • Group Policy Sample ADMX files

    Posted by bink on March 19 2007, 10:06 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    This page provides two samples of Group Policy Administrative Template ADM files with their corresponding ADMX formats. These sample files highlight the ADM and ADMX formats for creating the different parameters for the administrative template policy settings.Download At Source
  • Group Policy ADMX Schema files

    Posted by bink on March 19 2007, 10:05 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    In Windows Vista, Group Policy Object Editor and Group Policy Management Console can obtain registry-based policy settings from an XML-based administrative template ADMX file. An ADMX file is defined as a set of one language neutral file (.admx) and associated ADMX language resource files (.adml).The syntax for the ADMX files is defined through the ADMX schema.This page provides access to the .xsd files that define the ADMX schema. The .xsd files are included in a Microsoft Installer (MSI) package, available for download from this page.Download At Source
  • Group Policy Log View

    Posted by bink on December 4 2006, 4:23 AM. Posted in Group Policies.

    This page provides the Group Policy Log view tool for Windows Vista. Group Policy Log View is a utility you use to export Group Policy event data from the system and operational log into a text, HTML, or XML file.Download At Source
  • ADMX Migrator

    Posted by bink on November 14 2006, 5:46 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    The ADMX Migrator enables you to convert ADM files to the ADMX format and take advantage of the additional capabilities that it provides. The new XML-based format includes multilanguage support, an optional centralized datastore, and version control capabilities. You can select multiple ADM files for conversion. The ADMX Migrator creates a unique namespace which you can rename and will display a warning if a collision is detected due to duplicate names. Also, any items that cannot be validated against the ADMX schema are preserved in an Unsupported section. Please note that any annotations in ADM files are removed during the conversion process.Additionally, the ADMX Migrator provides an ADMX editor with a graphical user interface for creating and editing Administrative Templates. You can select settings from menus rather than entering them manually in a text file, speeding template creation and reducing the chance for error.Download At Source
  • Microsoft Group Policy for Mac OS X

    Posted by spy on June 7 2006, 6:09 PM. Posted in Group Policies.

    Centrify has announced a new solution that enables IT managers to centrally secure and configure Mac OS X systems through Microsoft Group Policy. DirectControl allows IT professionals to use the same desktop lockdown and configuration management tools that they use for their Windows environment, to improve security and to centrally set policy and perform bulk configuration of Mac OS X systems. Centrify also announced today that Centrify DirectControl now supports Mac OS X on Intel-based systems, in addition to its current support for Mac OS X on PowerPC. DirectControl's Mac OS X group policies help IT managers increase desktop security by enforcing password locks on screensavers, setting and managing firewall settings, locking down system preferences, controlling energy-saver functions, controlling Internet sharing settings, and providing a range of other management functions. Centrify DirectControl for Mac OS X pricing begins at $50 per desktop or workstation and $300 per server."Microsoft is pleased that Centrify is extending Microsoft Group Policy across heterogeneous environments," said Michael Dennis, Lead Program Manager, Group Policy, of Microsoft. "Enabling the Macintosh for Group Policy is an idea whose time has come," said Jeremy Moskowitz, author, instructor, Group Policy MVP, and owner of GPanswers.com, a web-based Group Policy Resource Center. "This advance will go a long way toward ensuring that all computers in a department receive similarly standardized settings."Continue at source
  • Download complete set of current and previously shipped Windows Administrative Template files (.adm files)

    Posted by bink on February 3 2006, 2:03 AM. Posted in Group Policies.

    This page provides a complete set of current and previously shipped Administrative Template files (.adm files) included by default in Windows operating system and service pack releases, beginning with Windows 2000.
    Administrative Template files are used to populate user interface settings in the Group Policy Object Editor, enabling administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Each successive Windows operating system and service pack includes a newer version of these .adm files.Previously, customers could only obtain the most recent .adm files by obtaining the latest service pack or operating system. Now, these .adm files are available directly from this page.This page provides access to each version of the original .adm files that shipped with each operating system or service pack. Each set of .adm files is included in a Microsoft Installer (MSI) package, available for download from this page.