RSAT for Windows 7 Service Pack 1

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Finally Microsoft released RSAT even for those who have Service Pack 1 installed.

As before you need to install the update and then select features in “Turn Windows features on or off”.

Download from here


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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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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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Error message for SRP settings in GPMC

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Using Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 when trying to see SRP settings in GPMC you get an error.

Microsoft has released a hotfix

Error message occurs when you use GPMC to view a software restriction Group Policy setting in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2: “An error has occurred while collecting data for Software Restriction Policies”
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981750


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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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CSE for Windows Group Policy Preference

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Microsoft has finally released the new CSE’s required to recieve settings done in the new GP Preference that is released with Windows Server 2008.

They are now here for XP, Server 2003 and Vista

Download:

Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Vista (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Vista x64 Edition (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Server 2003 (KB943729)
Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions for Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition (KB943729)


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New: Group Policy settings reference for Windows Server 2008

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Microsoft has released a new Group Policy settings reference and this time for Windows Server 2008.

This file contains all Group Policy settings since Windows 2000 so this is the only file you need. For Windows Server 2008 24 new settings are available where 12 of them are for Terminal Services functionallity.

This reference file is also for the new admx/adml-format so to know for sure you can use settings described in this file you need to start using Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 to configure your GPO’s.

Download the new reference file here (xls and xlsx file available)


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