Group Policy

Howto: Do not display the name of the user who has locked a Windows computer or server

by File in: Group Policy, registry, Windows

Normally when a Windows workstation or server is locked, you’ll see something similar to the following Windows Security message:   This computer is in use and has been locked.   Only DOMAIN\USER (user name) or an administrator can unlock this computer.   To not show the name of the user who has locked a computer, the […]

Fix: The error returned when trying to retrieve these settings from the local security policy database (%windir%\security\database\secedit.sdb) was: The parameter is incorrect

by File in: Group Policy

Howto fix error when opening Windows Server 2003 Local Security Policy: The Group Policy security settings that apply to this machine could not be determined. The error returned when trying to retrieve these settings from the local security policy database (%windir%\security\database\secedit.sdb) was: The parameter is incorrect. All local security settings will be displayed, but no […]

Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 3.0 has been RTMd – and why you should care

by File in: Group Policy

The Microsoft Group Policy Team Blog has announced that Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 3.0 has been RTM’d. Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) helps you better manage Group Policy objects (GPOs) in your environment by providing change control, offline editing, and role-based delegation. AGPM is a key component of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack […]

Howto: Use the “Use Trusted App” utility to verify trusted applications and their keys can login to Groupwise post offices

by File in: Group Policy, howto

 Use Trusted App is a very handy tool that allows Groupwise administrators to verify that trusted applications can use their pre-defined keys to access Groupwise post offices and user mailboxes.  Using this program is extremely simple: 1) Download and extract Forge-UseTrusted.zip 2) Run UseTrusted.exe 3) Specify the following information: – POA Address – POA C/S […]

Blocking Apple software updates through Group Policy due to Safari for Windows security concerns

by File in: Group Policy

I’m a big fan of keeping my software applications up to date on client machines, but I hate the fact that Apple is trying to push new Safari installations whenever users update iTunes on my Windows machines.  I found Dan’s blog post specifics on how to edit the appropriate registry keys to forbid automatic installations of Apple software, […]

Microsoft’s Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide

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The Technet Group Policy Documentation Survival Guide contains all the information you will need to evaluate, plan, deploy, maintain, or support Group Policy. The guide is available in HTML and PDF formats.  Note that this guide contains links to where to find the pertinent information – not the information itself.  Microsoft does a pretty good spreading […]

Using admx.exe to parse Group Policy .adm files

by File in: Group Policy, utilities, zenworks

The Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools contains a utility called ADM File Parser, aka admx.msi.  According to Microsoft, “(AdmX) is a command-line tool that enables an administrator to export Group Policy settings to a tab-delimited text file. The administrator can then use the text produced by ADM File Parser (AdmX) to find changes for the […]