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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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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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GPMC scripts missing in Vista

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If you are using Vista and previously used XP and the scripts included you might be missing them in Vista as they are not included.

Microsoft released the scripts as a downloadable package for Vista which you can download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=38c1a89b-a6d2-4f2a-a944-9236999aee65&displaylang=en&tm


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Wireless Network Policy

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Depending on which system you use you have some different options if you want to configure wireless policys using Group Policy.

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008: These has it as default that you can configure wireless policys using GPO so nothing needs to be done.

Windows 2003: Depending on which level of servicepack you have installed you might need to install “Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) support for Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies is available for Windows Server 2003″. Note that this will not let you configure WPA2 wireless policys. You will need Windows Vista och Windows Server 2008 for that.

Windows XP: First requirement is that you need to have Windows Server 2003 AD Schema in your AD. Second requirement is that you need atleast SP1 for XP.
From you Windows 2003 server (located at C:\Windows\System32) copy the files wlsnp.dll, wlstore.dll and ws03res.dll. Then register wlsnp.dll using “regsvr32 wlsnp.dll”.
Now this has registrered a new snap-in for Wireless Network Policy.
Side-note: For Windows XP to be able to process WPA2 policys you will need to install “Update for Windows XP (KB917021)”

Windows 2000: Sorry, no can do…


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Comments in GPMC

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Introduced in the new GPMC for Windows Vista/Windows 2008 is adding comments of your own to settings you make in a GPO.

Whenever you do any setting in a GPO you can add on a Comment in the new Comment page writing whatever you like. This is stored in the GPO so you will always have it for reference for further use later or any other purpose you might have.
Writing_comment_GPO

These comments you write will of course print out on your reports created from GPMC, which I think is a very nice feature added.
StarterGPO_Comments

Comments are stored at \\ad.domain.com\SYSVOL\ad.domain.com\policies\{GUID}\[MACHINE]/[USER]\comment.cmtx which is of course an XML file containing all your comments of settings in the GPO.
comment.cmtx

Using comments for your settings might make your life easier but remember that they wont show up if you are still using XP!


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GPLogView

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When troubleshooting Group Policy there has been some ways to do it but there is a new tool introduced with Windows Vista to make it even easier. This tool has been around for some time but I don’t think too many knows about it yet.

The tool is named GPLogView and it benefits from the new and improved logging for Group Policy in Windows Vista.

Read more about this to at the Group Policy Team Blog
Read about the monitor mode which I think is a nice feature.

Download the tool here.

Edit: This tool has also been released as an open source project so you may download the code from here if you need to alter the code for any reason.


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