Tag: Group Policy Preferences

Group Policy ADMX and Management Console Downloads

I find myself constantly having to find ADMX files or the RSAT downloads whether for myself or for friends/colleagues that I’m helping solve a problem.  Rather than constantly searching for them, I’ve put together a [hopefully] full list of the RSAT and ADMX downloads for all of Microsoft’s products.  If you see something missing or […]

Targeting OS Platform/Bitness with Group Policy Preferences

I’ve had several people ask about targeting the bit level/bitness/platform of Windows with Group Policy Preferences using Item Level Targeting who were having problems getting it to work properly. Before we jump in, I should probably define bitness since I only first heard the term a few months back (Sorry… no… I can’t claim credit […]

Group Policy Hotfixes

KB2862565 – AppLocker blocks administrators and other high privileged group’s users from executing files on a Windows 7 SP1-based or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based computer KB2849027 – Internet Explorer 10 security settings are silently applied to client computers when you use GPMC to view the Group Policy Preferences settings in Windows 8 or Windows […]

Disable Adobe Acrobat XI Updates with Group Policy

By default, an installation of Adobe Acrobat XI will check for updates and then will prompt the end user to install the update whether or not the user has Admin rights. In a small environment, this may not be a problem, but in a larger environment, this can generate a lot of unnecessary support requests […]

Disable Adobe Reader XI Updates with Group Policy

Like Adobe Reader X, an installation of Adobe Reader XI can check for updates automatically. In a small environment, this may not be a problem (honestly, I would encourage it!). However, in a larger (typically managed) environment, this can generate unnecessary bandwidth usage, problems when users update their own installs with untested updates, and unnecessary […]

Disable/Enable the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration for Users/Non-Admins with Group Policy

In a previous post, I covered disabling/enabling the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration (IE ESC) for Administrators via Group Policy. Disabling the IE ESC for Administrators is usually something I don’t recommend in a production environment. However, disabling it for Users/Non-Administrators is a different story. In most cases, you won’t have someone logging in to […]

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