Category: Group Policy 101

Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 1

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the first post that covers installation of the software on management computers and clients. For links to parts 2 and 3, see the bottom of this post. What is LAPS? LAPS is a solution to change […]

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 2

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the second post that covers configuration of Active Directory to support LAPS. Configuring Active Directory for LAPS Extend the AD Schema In the last post, we configured the client installation. While there is no server-side […]

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Deploying the Local Administrator Password Solution Part 3

In this series of three posts, I demonstrate the installation and configuration of Microsoft’s Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This is the third and final post that covers the group policy configuration of LAPS, as well as a brief demonstration. Configuring Group Policy We’ve got the software installed, and AD configured, all that’s left is to turn […]

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Add and remove users to AD groups with Group Policy

Group Policy allows you to add and remove users to an Active Directory (AD) group. Using this feature improves security because you can ensure that high-risk security groups only contain the users that you specify via Group Policy. To manage the Domain Admins group, you will need Remote Server Administration Tools(RSAT) installed. After installing that, open […]

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How to share printers via Group Policy (GPO)

One great advantage of using Active Directory Domain Services is the possibility to share a printer in just a few clicks with a group of computers or users. Since Windows Server 2012 isn’t even necessary to create a Group Policy Object (GPO), Windows will do the job for us speeding up the process. We are […]

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How to deploy (and/or remove) software packages via GPO

One of the greatest advantages of having an Active Directory Domain is the possibility to deploy software packages via GPO (Group Policy Object). Software deployment is crucial in business environments to save time and money. Microsoft not only gives us a simple way to deploy software, but also provides a quick solution to uninstall it […]

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How to deploy a Registry Key via Group Policy

System administrators often need to deploy one or more Registry Keys in business environment. Customized software or hardware need particolar configurations and companies usually have solutions tailored to their needs. Whatever the reason is, a Group Policy is the best way to deploy a Registry Key in an Active Domain Directory Services. The configuration is […]

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Server 2012 : GPO to setup local admin and RDP access.

We are going to give access to a Group of people to RDP to Workstations and have local administrators rights. In order for RDP to work we also need to open firewall. While reading you might want to consider to split up this (monolithic) GPO and single Security Group into 2 Security Groups and 3 smaller […]

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Speed up GPO software install

Software distribution using GPO’s can be a good way to install msi packages, but can delay the startup process, especially if the package is large and the network is slow. By using a simple trick, we can speed up this process significantly. The concept is to copy the installation files in the background to a […]

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How to Create and Link a Group Policy Object in Active Directory

I’ll show you how to create a Group Policy Object (GPO) in Active Directory, and link it to a site, domain or Organizational Unit (OU). Group Policy was introduced in Windows 2000 as part of Active Directory, replacing Windows NT System Policies. Group Policy is a powerful tool that can reduce total cost of ownership […]

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