Deploy ODBC Setting with Windows Authentication via GPO

You can actually deploy ODBC Settings via GPO very easily.

Computer Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Data Sources
or
User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Data Sources

ODBC Example with Windows Authentication
New > Data Source
Action: Replace
Data Source Name: Test
Driver: SQL Server

Attributes:
Database: DBName
Server: SQLServer
TRUSTED_CONNECTION: Yes

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admin on September 26th 2015 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

GPO Loopback

Usually the user content of a GPO will be ignored if it is a ou which just hast computers in it. But what to do if you want certain user settings to have them applied to just certain computers. For example for Terminal Servers you might have them more restricted.

To do this you need to activae Loopback:
[Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy\User Group Policy loopback processing mode]

There are two modes:
1. Merge
If user settings are already applied they will be used and will be replaced with the new ones in the loopback process.

2. Replace
Ignores all already applied user GPOs und will just use the ones in the loopback process.

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admin on July 7th 2014 in IT, Windows

GPO Network Drive Mapping over DFS isn’t working

I experienced the problem that it didn’t map one network drive over GPO. I searched for a long time and found out the problem was that the GPO didn’t like the backslash at the end.

Wrong

\\Domain\data\sharename\

Right

\\Domain\data\sharename

After that it worked like a charm;-)

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admin on April 25th 2014 in IT, Windows, Windows Server

How to get the default Domain Controller and Domain GPO back

dcgpofix /target:both

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admin on July 10th 2013 in Windows, Windows Server

How to get the Windows 7 GPO settings on a Windows 2008 Server

It is actually very easy to get Windows 7 GPO Settings on a Windows 2008 Server. You just need to copy the %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions from your Windows 7 machine into \\YOURSERVER\C$\Windows\SYSVOL\YOURDOMAIN\Policies\PolicyDefinitions on your server. After that you start your policy editor and you will find it under the section administrative templates.

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admin on June 24th 2010 in Windows Server

GPO Commands you should know

gpupdate /force Forcing of refreshing the GPO Policy
gpresult /v Print out of GPO Policy
rsop.msc Showing the result of applied GPO in MMC
gpedit.msc Local Group Policy MMC

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admin on May 28th 2009 in Windows

Quick and dirty Installation of WSUS on Windows 2008 Server

Installation
1. Download it from http://www.microsoft.com/wsus
2. Make sure following roles are installed on the Server:

  • MS Internet Information Server 7
  • — ASP.NET
  • — 6.0 Management Compatibility
  • — IIS Metabase Compatibility
  • — Windows Authentication

And install Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2005
[http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=70410]

3. Run the downloaded setup and follow the wizard

Configure WSUS so Computer are assigned via GPO
1. Open WSUS Console
2. Go to Computer/All Computers and create there a new Computer Group
3. Go to Options/Computers and choose “Use Group Policy or registry settings on computers.”
4. Open Group Policy Management Console
5. Create a New Group Policy and Link it to the right OU
6. WSUS Settings you will find in: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update
7. Enable “intranet Microsoft update service location”
Intranet Update Service: http://yourwsusserver/
Intranet Statistics Server: http://yourwsusserver/
8. Enable “Client Side Targeting”
Target Group: Computer Group you created in WSUS (See step 3)
9. Check the other useful settings like Configure Automatic Updates and No Auto-Restart with logged on users
10. Restart one of the client computers and check if they are in WSUS Console listed in your new created computer group.

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admin on May 28th 2009 in IT, Windows Server

Check if WSUS GPO is applied

The easiest way to find out if the group policy is applied and really changed the right settings you can check it in registry.

Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

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admin on May 28th 2009 in Windows Server




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