Disable Backup notification from Action Center

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Alan Burchill has written a blogpost about removing notification about backup from the action center in Windows 7.
Since the post shows what you can really do with GPP I think this was worth linking to direct.

How to use Group Policy to turn off the Backup Notification in the Windows 7 Actions Center

Check out his blog too while you’re at it.


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Office 2010 Administrative Template files (ADM, ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool

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Has been released in MS Download.

Download

Technet resource

A reference file (in Excel format) for all settings you can get here.

ADML-files are still only for standard languages (de, en, es, fr, it, jp, kr, cn, tw).


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Troubleshooting Group Policy

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This is an “old” post from the Group Policy Team about Troubleshooting but it’s really good and something everyone should use as starting point when they wonder why their gpo didn’t work.

http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy/archive/2010/02/24/troubleshooting-group-policy.aspx

Use it and develop it further to add you “standard” checks to have your standard procedure.

We all need to troubleshoot Group Policies sooner or later… :)


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Creating shortcuts with Group Policy Preferences doesn’t work

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This is a quite common question about Group Policy Preferences so I’ll post it here and maybe someone will benefit from the information.

Scenario:
Trying to create a shortcut to a fixed drive letter using Group Policy Preference that points to a location on the network. After login there is no shortcut created and if you look in eventlog you see an error “0×80070002 The system cannot find the file specified”. If you run GPupdate /Force the shortcut is created.

This is an issue where it’s trying to create the shortcut before the drive’s are connected and Windows can’t create new shortcuts to locations not connected.

Workarounds:

  1. Create the shortcut using UNC-path
  2. Create the drives and shortcuts using logonscript
  3. Create a scheduled task (using GPP) to run GPupdate after user logon or use logonscript to run GPupdate

Hope someone benefits from this information.


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New KB for problems with settings report in Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 and using adm-files

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A new Knowledge base has been released with a hotfix for solving problems if you still are using adm-templates in GPO and are using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

When you do a settings report of a GPO which contains references to an adm-template (not admx-template) and for some reason this adm-template doesn’t exist in the default paths anymore (you may have cleaned them out) you get “Extra registry settings” in the report instead to show these settings.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;981704

Of course the better way is to convert the adm-template to an admx-template instead and use the central store! :)


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New site found

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This is just one of those things that you need to share quickly.

http://gps.cloudapp.net/

I think you will have it more easier to find your setting for a GPO here instead of trying to find it in GPO-editor.

Well done! :)


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Download ADMX RTM for Windows Server 2008

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MS has released ADMX RTM for you to download.

If you haven’t copied them from your Windows Server 2008 to SYSVOL for management download this package and move it into SYSVOL for all your administrators.

Instructions and everyhing is on the download page which you find here


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Starter Group Policy Objects for download

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MS has released two packages of Starter GPO’s that you can download.

These Starter GPO’s are recommended settings for Windows XP and Windows Vista. It contains Settings for “Specialized Security— Limited Functionality (SSLF)” and “Enterprise Client (EC)”.

Of course you need RSAT to manage these Starter GPO’s

Download them here


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Remote Server Administration Tools available now!

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Finally MS has released the new RSAT for Windows Vista.
This means that you won’t need to remote control your Windows Server 2008 to handle Group Policy Preference, you can now do it directly from your management station instead using these tools.

Don’t forget to install Service Pack 1 for Vista first (it’s mandatory).

Windows Vista Service Pack 1

RSAT for Windows Vista x86

RSAT for Windows Vista x64

Knowledgebase Article


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GPO Accelerator available

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GPO Accelerator is now available as a download at:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=A46F1DBE-760C-4807-A82F-4F02AE3C97B0&displaylang=en

This program contains a lot of templates (GPO’s) which are for securing your environment. This to save loads of workhours for securing and preparing a your environment.

Don’t forget to read the documentation and please try the settings on a few computers first before applying to everyone.


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