Changing the Windows 10 Browser, So It Isn’t Edge
Feb14

Changing the Windows 10 Browser, So It Isn’t Edge

KB ID 0001284 Dtd 14/02/17 Problem I've seen one person use Edge as their browser in a business environment. I've got nothing against it, (I use a macOSX anyway). But I had a client that asked me how to make sure his machines are set to NOT use Edge as the default browser. I'm going to use Internet Explorer instead, but you can do the same with Chrome or Firefox depending on your browser of choice. Solution What I'm going to do, is...

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Stop Windows Servers ‘Locking’ with Group Policy
Feb13

Stop Windows Servers ‘Locking’ with Group Policy

KB ID 0001283 Dtd 13/02/17 Problem Servers locking themselves after a period of inactivity is, (in most cases) a good thing. But on my test network that only I use it gets a bit annoying switching between machines and constantly having to unlock Windows all the time!   Note: For obvious security reasons don't do this on a production network! Solution   Create a new GPO linked to your computer OU, (or edit an existing one). Edit the...

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Windows – Forcing Domain Group Policy
Feb11

Windows – Forcing Domain Group Policy

KB ID 0001282 Dtd 11/02/17 Problem I've written hundreds of posts about doing things with group policies. Every time I finish one, I write a couple of paragraphs on how long to wait, or how to force the policy etc. So I've finally got round to writing a post I can simply reference! How Long Before Group Policy Changes Are Applied? This is something that hasn't changed since I was doing Windows 2000 exams ūüôā The default interval between...

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Windows – Deploy and Configure Photo Screen Saver via GPO
Feb02

Windows – Deploy and Configure Photo Screen Saver via GPO

KB ID 0001281 Dtd 02/02/17 Problem I was tasked with working out how to do this for a client a couple of weeks ago, so I thought it would make a decent article. I'm going to have a central server share, with some photos in, then I'm going to copy them down to all the clients, and finally set their screen saver to use those photos as a 'slide show' screen saver. I've done this with Windows 10 clients, but it should work with anything...

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Managing IE Settings via GPO
Jan07

Managing IE Settings via GPO

KB ID 0001269 Dtd 07/01/17 Problem There used to be a GPO called  "Internet Explorer Maintenance" that you could set your Internet Explorer settings, i.e. Proxy server settings, home pages etc. This has now gone, and has been replaced with a group policy preference.   Solution From the Group Policy Management Console > Locate the OU containing the USERS  you want to link the policy to and create a new policy, then give it a...

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Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy
Jan04

Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy

KB ID 0001267 Dtd 04/01/17 Problem I was messing around with some GPO’s for ¬†client today to replace ‘Edge’ as the default browser, (with IE11). To make the whole process more efficient, I wanted to use a WMI filter toapply the policy only to Windows 10 machines. Before this used to be simple enough, you just set the Windows version in a WMI query. But because it searches for a string e.g. 6.1 (for Windows 8.1),...

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