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Microsoft’s Windows 10 Patch Again Tuesday Brings New GPO Setting

Microsoft today has rolled out new updates for Windows 10 versions 1803, 1709, 1703, and 1607. Among the slew of fixes included in the updates, Microsoft has also developed a new Group Policy setting that should help customers with PCs that have difficulty with network connections. New setting… Adds a new Group Policy setting called “Enable Windows to soft-disconnect a computer from a network”. This determines how Windows will disconnect a computer from a network when it determines that the computer should no longer be connected to the network. If enabled, Windows will soft-disconnect (disconnection is not immediate or abrupt) a computer from a network. If disabled, Windows disconnects a computer from a network immediately. If not configured, the default behavior is soft-disconnect. ...

Fixing the Broken outlk16.admx in the Latest Release of Microsoft’s Admin Templates for Office

We noted a few days ago that Microsoft had delivered updated Admin Templates and Tools for it’s Office suite. However, as is the case much of the time, there were undiscovered bugs in the released content. Fortunately, Marc Vanderhaegen was on top of it. There is a problem with the newest outlk16.admx pic.twitter.com/Ge8zJOq4bV — Marc Vanderhaegen (@MarcVndrhgn) January 21, 2019   At least it can be easily solved by editing the file and moving the </policies> tag — Marc Vanderhaegen (@MarcVndrhgn) January 21, 2019 For details on the fix, see: Office 2016 ADMX templates, seemingly broken for Outlook ADMX

Microsoft Updates Administrative Templates for Windows 10 1809

Microsoft is now offering version 2.0 of the Administrative Templates for Group Policy for Windows 10 1809. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809)

Microsoft’s Administrative Templates for Windows 10 1809 Now Available

With Windows 10 1809 back on track to deliver to the masses after being paused due to critical bugs, Microsoft is also now releasing the administrative templates for this Windows version. Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809)    

Group Policy Administrative Templates Updated to Support Office 2019

Microsoft has now released updated Group Policy files to include support for customizing Office 2019 settings. Full support for: Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016 and also includes the OPAX/OPAL files for the Office Customization Tool (OCT) for Office 2016. Download: Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool for Office 365 ProPlus, Office 2019, and Office 2016   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

New Group Policy Settings for Microsoft Edge

If you’re using Group Policy to manage the settings for Microsoft Edge, Microsoft has recently added some new options. These new GPO settings apply to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17713 and beyond. Allow fullscreen mode Path: HLKM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main Value name: AllowFullScreenMode Value type: REG_DWORD Disabled: 0 Enabled: 1 Allow Microsoft Edge to pre-launch at Windows startup, when the system is idle, and each time Microsoft Edge is closed Path: HLKM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\ Value name: AllowPrelaunch Value type: REG_DWORD Disabled: 0 Enabled: 1 Allow Microsoft Edge to start and load the Start and New Tab page at Windows startup and each time Microsoft Edge is closed Path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\TabPreloader ...

Administrative Templates for Windows 10 April 2018 Update Upgraded to Version 2.0

On May 7th, Microsoft delivered the first iteration of support templates for administrators to manage Windows 10 version 1803 (released in April 2018)  using Group Policy. The company has since updated its Administrative Templates (.admx files) and given them a full version updated, labeling the latest as version 2.0. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) Other than updating the version level and making them available, Microsoft has not stated if the latest revision contains bugs fixes and/or new management capabilities. Unfortunately, a Group Policy reference that is linked to from the download page hasn’t been updated since October 2017. According to reports, this version update fixes an error message with the original release that was c...

Microsoft Provides Fix for GPEdit Errors After Installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803)

Some customers have begun complaining of errors when running the Group Policy editor (gpedit.msc) after installing Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 feature update (version 1803). According to KB4292332, the problem stems from a line inadvertently being left out of the SearchOCR.adml file. Microsoft has provided a workaround that involves copying a good \path\PolicyDefinitions\en-US\SearchOCR.adml file from a 1511 system and then inserting the following to line 26: <string id=”Win7Only”>Microsoft Windows 7 or later</string>   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803)

A new big update for Windows 10 means a new set of Group Policy Settings. Microsoft has released the Administrative Templates already, but has only now released the reference for the new settings. Releasing these simultaneously would’ve been a better scenario, but alas… As before, the GPO Settings references is available as an Excel spreadsheet. Download: Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet Windows 1803   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Microsoft Releases Administrative Templates for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

GPO mavens can rest easy. Microsoft has now released the .admx files for its latest Windows release, Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 April 2018 Update (1803) Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Tip: Group Policy Administrative Templates Catalog

If you want a quick reference guide to the many Group Policy possibilities (and who doesn’t?), there’s an online clickable and searchable version that includes GPOs for Windows, Office, specific Microsoft apps and browsers, and even GPOs for third parties like VMware, Lenovo, Symantec, etc. This is a true trove of valuable information. Go here: Group Policy Administrative Templates Catalog   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in Dallas, Texas in 2018!

Admin Templates Now Available for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709)

To manage Windows 10 Fall Creators Update computers through Group Policy, IT Pros will need the updated administrative templates. Group Policy tools use Administrative template files to populate policy settings in the user interface. This allows administrators to manage registry-based policy settings. Download: Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709)   Looking for an awesome, no-nonsense technical conference for IT Pros, Developers, and DevOps? IT/Dev Connections kicks off in San Francisco in 2017!

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