Latest Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 ADMX Templates now available

Microsoft from time to time publishes updated Admin Templates (ADMX and ADML) files when a new OS is released. The latest download is now available at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43413 They usually also produce an updated settings spreadsheet, but that’s on the way, and not here yet. To be honest: The best way you’re going to learn how to use and manage these files is if you take my live or online Group Policy training. I really, really go over this in depth. But, as a service to the community, I have this video, from the last time Microsoft released ADMX files. So […]


Preventing Windows Store Apps from popping up all across your network.

I was asked how to minimize the impact of users’ purchasing and downloading their own applications from the Windows 8 Store. Turns out, it’s one easy policy setting. This setting is “weird” inasmuch as it appears on both user AND computer side, making it quite flexible. You’ll find this setting at… User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Store -and- Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Store Here’s the picture. Hope this helps you out, and see in Atlanta Aug 18-21 ! www.GPanswers.com/training    


RSAT is not evil.

Here’s an email I got and my response. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. – Hi Jeremy, Let me briefly introduce myself. I’m working as a system administrator in a public institution. I would say that I’m relatively new in the field (just 3 years). Recently I encountered a problem at my workplace that bothered me a lot. I was confused and therefore need some suggestions/advice. Maybe you can help to clear the confusion. By the way, I also have a copy of your book, “Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop” and I like reading […]


Group Policy Settings and Deprecation

In case you’re not familiar with the SAT vocab word deprecate (DEP-ri-kate), in computer terms it means to “spin down” or “take out of service.” So anytime a feature or something isn’t available anymore (or IS still available but shouldn’t be used), that feature is said to have been DEPRECATED. I got this question from a friend, and thought it was interesting. Here’s the email question and my answer. Q: Jeremy, have any Group Policy settings been deprecated, and if so, what was the story there? A: Here’s the inside scoop of Group Policy settings, and the history of deprecation […]


TechEd 2014 (and NJ)

Where the heck have I been? I’ve been a little .. unusually quiet.  Which means.. Great things are about to happen. First things’ first — Two spots opened up in a PRIVATE 3-day Group Policy Intensive class in New Jersey (May 20, 21, 22). And they’re available to you. Here’s the thing: I don’t know why, but I cannot seem to get enough people to run a PUBLIC class in Philly, New York, Boston, etc.  (Though I did Boston once.) I guess what I’m saying is: If you’re within driving distance of Ridgewood, NJ (Zip code 07450), I would STRONGLY […]

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