Group Policy: Item-Level Targeting
Feb08

Group Policy: Item-Level Targeting

KB ID 0001654 Problem Yesterday I wrote a post about Deploying a ‘Mapped’ Drive to a couple of users using Group Policy. This received a comment that was basically ‘Why not simply use Client Targeting?’ To be fair that’s a good point, I was using a Group Policy Preference and they can be specifically targeted. So here’s how to do that. Solution If you do not already have one, create a group for your...

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Windows Server – Change Your Password in an RDP Session (Send Ctrl+Alt+Del)
Jan21

Windows Server – Change Your Password in an RDP Session (Send Ctrl+Alt+Del)

KB ID 0001183  Problem Colleague: Windows Server, Where’s Windows Security gone? Me: Eh? Colleague: Windows Security! Me: What are you trying to do? Colleague: I want to change my password and I can’t send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the remote server. Well I know that pressing Crtl+Alt+Delete would let you change your password like so; I wasn’t aware that in Server 2008 and earlier if you were connected via RDP you got a...

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Gpupdate: Windows Could Not Locate the Directory Object
Dec06

Gpupdate: Windows Could Not Locate the Directory Object

KB ID 0001625 Problem Saw this on a Windows client on my test network; User Policy update has completed successfully. Computer policy could not be updated successfully. The following errors were encountered: The processing of Group Policy failed. Windows could not locate the directory object OU=Top-Level,OU=computers,DC=PeteNetLive,DC=com. Group Policy settings will not be enforced until this event is resolved. View the event details...

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Add The ‘Group Policy Management Console’
Nov06

Add The ‘Group Policy Management Console’

KB ID 0001615 Problem On a Domain Controller you will get Group Policy Management, (by default) listed under administrative tools. But if you have a ‘Management Server’ of a ‘Jump Box’, that you want to install the tool onto, (without making it a domain controller!) Then do the following; Option 1: Install GPMC with Powershell This is the quickest and simplest option! Open a PowerShell Windows and execute the...

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Windows Group Policy – Disable The Local Windows Firewall
Nov06

Windows Group Policy – Disable The Local Windows Firewall

KB ID 0001090 Problem I’ve got nothing against the Windows firewall, it’s certainly a lot easier to manage now than it was back in the XP SP2 days. But I find a lot of clients still just ‘want it gone’ and, providing they have a decent corporate firewall in front of them that’s fair enough. Solution 1. On a domain controller or a client running the remote administration tools > Windows Key+R >...

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Group Policy Preferences and Client Side Extensions
Oct05

Group Policy Preferences and Client Side Extensions

KB ID 0000389 Problem Group Policy Preferences (GPP) first came in with Server 2008 and were enhanced for Server 2008 R2, To be able to apply them to older Windows clients, you need to install the “Client side Extensions” (CSE), You can either script this, deploy with a group policy, or if you have WSUS you can send out the update that way. OS Download Link Client side extensions for Windows XP (x86) link Client side...

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