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July 24, 2019 | Russell Smith

Getting Group Policy Object Precedence Right

Group Policy is the configuration management technology included in Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory. If you need to enable granular control of Windows and Windows Server settings, Group Policy is the go-to solution. But Group Policy can quickly get complicated because each Group Policy...
September 2, 2020 | Jeff Melnick

Map Network Drives or Shared Folders Using Group Policy in 8 Easy Steps

Mapping network drives is a common task for system administrators. One option is to create a batch script that runs every time the workstation starts. But there is a simpler and more convenient method: using Group Policy. Mapping network drives via Group Policy is faster and easier, so it is a much...
June 7, 2019 | Russell Smith

6 Group Policy Settings You Need to Get Right

Group Policy is a configuration management technology that is part of Windows Server Active Directory. It can be used to configure settings in Windows client and server operating systems to make sure you have a consistent and secure setup across devices. There are literally hundreds of settings...
May 16, 2019 | Russell Smith

Top 5 Management Tools for Group Policy Administration

Group Policy is a configuration management technology that is part of Windows Server Active Directory (AD). This article explores Microsoft’s own Group Policy tools and some of the best third-party Group Policy management tools. Handpicked related content: Group Policy Best...
July 2, 2019 | Russell Smith

Group Policy Management

Group Policy is an Active Directory management technology for Windows that provides centralized management of configuration settings. While it isn’t the only available management solution — PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) can also be used —...
May 1, 2019 | Russell Smith

Top 10 Group Policy PowerShell Commands

In addition to the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), Microsoft provides a set of Windows PowerShell cmdlets you can use to manage Group Policy. To use the Group Policy PowerShell cmdlets, you must have GPMC installed on the device where you will run the cmdlets. To check if the Group Policy...
May 30, 2019 | Jeff Melnick

How to Force a Group Policy Update and Refresh It in the Background

Originally published February, 2017 and updated May, 2019 Forcing a Group Policy Update Imagine that you get a phone call from the security specialist who handles your firewalls and proxy servers. He tells you that he has added an additional proxy server for users going to the internet. You add...
March 11, 2020 | Jeff Melnick

What are Group Policy and Group Policy Objects?

Group Policy provides a method of centralizing configuration settings and management of operating systems, computer settings and user settings in a Microsoft IT environment. Group Policy is a twofold idea: Local Group Policy on individual workstations and Group Policy in Active Directory. Local...
February 27, 2019 | Joseph Moody

Group Policy: Best Practices for Troubleshooting Performance Problems

There are tradeoffs to everything. In a Windows environment, users want fast logons/startups and a consistent experience across multiple devices. An efficient logon is often related to ease of use. For example, Folder Redirection and Group Policy Printer Preferences provide more unified end user...
February 11, 2019 | Danny Murphy

How to Detect Changes to OUs in Active Directory

Accidental or malicious changes to Organizational Units (OU) and groups in Active Directory can turn into pain in the neck for IT admins. For instance, if an OU that contains “User Accounts” is deleted, users will not be able to log in. There could be multiple scenarios like that… This...
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