To control some of the overhead that results from using Group Policy, you might look into utilizing some of the Group Policy cmdlets for PowerShell.
I ran in to an instance last week where Group Policy was coming into question – specifically, why a computer wasn’t receiving new or updated policies.
As the old management saying goes “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”. A lot of scripting solutions I have been utilizing lately have been all about inventory. Having the right information at the right time can give you a true picture of your organization and the areas you might need to work on to […]
Thanks to Avast’s free for education Endpoint Protection, I was able to centrally manage and deploy Avast around the organization for a client. The problem was that once I had Avast on there, I also needed to be able to uninstall the previous security software, Panda Cloud Antivirus. Since it didn’t have a nice central […]
Mapped drives. You can love ‘em or hate ‘em. After changing file servers or retiring an old server, clients might have old mapped drives pointing to these servers. Since they could be a confusing interface and disconnected drives might slow down the computer until they time out, it’s not a bad idea to clean up […]
Windows Management Instrumentation, or WMI, has been mentioned on the site a few times previously. It allows you to get information about a PC from the computer itself. Today, I’m sharing about a free tool provided by Microsoft called WMI Code Creator. You can utilize WMI through the command line or with other languages like […]
As Microsoft continues to roll out new products (Windows 8, Microsoft Surface, and Windows 8 Phone), Microsoft Press is continuing their pattern of giving out free e-books. We’ve previously seen Introducing Server 2012 and Windows 8 Overview for IT Professionals. Today, Microsoft Press is giving away a free ebook titled Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, […]
Google Summer of Code has been around since 2005. In the program, Google partners with open source software projects and technology-based groups to fun students interested in working on real world software development for three months. Students gain good experience and advising from mentors while the tech groups get specific projects developed while increasing the […]
Many would think that using scripts to install printers might be a thing of the past thanks to Group Policy Preferences and other methods of deploying the beasts. However, the versatility of using a script and not having to establish a print server is still quite useful in many environments. Part of that project I […]
As I mentioned in the Group Policy Administrative Templates post a while back, I was recently looking to enable running PowerShell scripts. I had run into a task where a VBScript would not quite do the trick. With a little bit of research and cramming, I was able to write a quick PowerShell script that […]