Windows Server 2016 Disable Right-Click Startbutton menu

Prerequisites: In order to follow this guide you will need an Active Directory domain as well as a Server 2016 RDS server. Scenario: You have been tasked to setup a Remote Desktop Server for your Company and you have been ordered to lock it down to disable users accessing advanced features hidden under the context …

Make printers visible in the “Add a printer Dialogue box”

In windows Vista and Windows 7 when you add a network printer you get a dialogue box that looks like you should be able to select the printer from the list but the list says that there are no printers available. After much hunting I finally found some group policy settings that change how things …

Creating the Group Policy Central Store – Updated for Windows 8.1/2012R2

Central Store Extraordinaire Creating the Group Policy Central Store – Updated for Windows 8.1/2012R2 Automating Hardware Driver Installation on Windows 7 and Above Get-Needle: Searching for Scripts in All the Right Places The Group Policy Central Store has two big benefits for every Windows Administrator. First, it allow you (plus anyone else with the GPMC) to have the …

Configure Windows 7 to display what software is installed at startup/login

In Windows XP and Windows 8 you will see what software is being installed via GPO at start or login. In Windows 7 this has been shut off as standard. To enable this behavior do the following. Open up GPMC and create a new group policy. Browse to: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System The policy is called …

Deploy printers via Group Policy

Windows GPOs Anyone responsible for managing a Windows domain based network should be familiar with the basics of Group Policy Management, and the granular control it allows over virtually every setting available within the Windows client systems. Although quite impressive results can be achieved with old style login scripts (especially if you know vbscript), Group Policy Objects …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Folder Redirection via Group Policy

Scenario: You have a Microsoft network with Server 2008 R2 servers and Windows 7 Clients. Problem: Users tend to login on different computers and wish to have their desktop, my documents, favorites, you name it show up on every computer.     Solution: Folder Redirection allows you as an administrator to point a number of …

Activate Offline Files via GPO and assign the User folder to always be available Offline.

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and a set of Windows 7 Client PC’s that you want to enable Offline files on and set their User folder to always be available Offline.   Problem: You could do this by going to every PC and doing it by hand, but being as …

Disallow users logging onto a server localy via GPO

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server that is unfortunately located in an area open to users.   Problem: Some of these users feel they can and will log into the server to check things. You obviously want to secure the server and disallow local logins.   Solution: An important warning before you apply …

Disable Server Manager / Powershell icons on RDS Server 2008 R2 via GPO

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server that is used as a Remote Desktop Services server.  You have a number of users that are going to use this RDS server to run a software suite. Some of these users are known for meddling in the systems and others for deleting files and …