Download Administrative Templates (.ADMX)

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MS has released the Administrative Templates as a downloadable package.

At first I wasn’t sure why but then I could see that this package also includes all language files for the admx-files which will make it easier if you have people in different countries all creating GPO’s and they want to create them in their own language. So it’s much easier way to collect the adml-files rater than needing to install different Vista’s just to get the adml-files.

Download the files from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=05d0598b-95f9-4bdd-af36-b365d68ec5f6&DisplayLang=en


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Troubleshooting Group Policy in Windows 2008

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Microsoft has released a new troubleshooting library for Windows 2008.

This is to include all events etc. for troubleshooting problems with Group Policy.

Here you will find the information: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/e695eea4-01c4-429e-8fd1-c98e3ef6f7791033.mspx


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Group Policy Survey

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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 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=mosdF9Z6WNKIJ76gL_2bxv4w_3d_3d and is completely anonymous.  The survey will remain open through Friday, September 28, 2007.  Thank you in advance for your time and input!

See original post in the Group Policy Team Blog


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Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer (GPDBPA) tool

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Two days ago Microsoft released a new tool “Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer (GPDBPA)”

This tool is used for collecting data about your Group Policy configuration environment, or as stated in the KB:

  • To search for common configuration errors
  • To discover and to diagnose problems
  • To collect data for archiving

I will give the tool a closer look tomorrow and run against some test machines to see what it gives me back but in the meantime here is the links and the KB for this new tool.
Note: I’m not sure if it’s ment to be or not but the tool is only available in english and wont run on any other computer with a different language.

Windows Server 2003 x86 edition
Windows Server 2003 x64 edition
Windows XP x86 edition
Windows XP x64 edition

KB 940122


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Office 2007 ADM-template problems

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As you could see in my last post I found a problem with the Common Feed List so I wondered how many more issues there were which I haven’t discoved yet so I did a search and these I found as KB-articles.

Cached Exchange Mode is enabled in Outlook 2007 even though you set the “Do not use Cached Exchange Mode for all new Outlook profiles” setting in the Office Customization Tool

The Junk Mail Import List setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List” setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Automatically download enclosures” setting for RSS feeds in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The “Prevent users from adding PSTs to Outlook profiles and/or prevent using Sharing-Exclusive PSTs” setting is configured incorrectly in the Office Customization Tool and in the Group Policy templates

The”Disables the shortcut key” setting is configured incorrectly in the Office Customization Tool and in the Group Policy templates

The “Junk e-mail protection level” setting in the Office Customization Tool is not set correctly in the Group Policy templates

The free/busy grid displays only your working hours when you create a new meeting request in Outlook 2007

The “Make Outlook the default program for E-mail, Contacts, and Calendar” setting is disabled in Outlook 2007

Since some of these settings are commonly used I figured that it could be worth posting them here!


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Synchronize Outlook RSS Feeds with Common Feed List

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I do almost all of my settings for Windows using GPO whenever possible and Office is no difference so when configuring Office 2007 I got a problem with my RSS-feeds.

My list of RSS-feeds in IE differed from the list I had in Outlook which surprised me since I know I choose so use the Common Feed List.

I check in Outlook and found out that the checkbox (Sync RSS feeds to the Common Feed List) was greyed out and unticked even if I know I selected the right choice when configuring my GPO.

So I started searching on the Internet and found one hit, which is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932126. Apparently MS has made a mistake in the outlk12.adm file (and also in the outlk12.opa file for OCT) so when you select enable for switching this function on, what really happens is that you turn it off.

The adm-files for Office 2007 you can download here but note that the above has not been corrected so you need to change this first thing (or keep it in mind :) ).


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