Apportals might be the missing link between Windows 8 being a detriment to enterprise organizations to actually turn it into an asset.
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.
The Windows Store came with Windows 8 and gets even more integration with 8.1 Update. In my opinion, it is ok for consumers but really throws things for a loop in the enterprise environment.
I built a mandatory profile on a virtual machine with a different resolution. This resulted in the icons being reset to the default when the profile loaded on the physical PCs with their native resolution.
Mandatory profiles (and super mandatory profiles) are pre-configured roaming user profiles where changes are not saved back up to the server.
An update released with this month’s Patch Tuesday updated the behavior of Group Policy Preferences.
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.
One of the key features in the Win8.1 Update is Internet Explorer 11 Enterprise Mode, an enhanced compatibility mode that brings back some capabilities from IE’s older versions.
With the new Windows 8.1 Update arriving this week (unless you use WSUS), I grabbed the updated Administrative Templates for Group Policy.
One way to improve your documentation is to make it visual. This makes it easier to understand at a glance and also means there is less typing to document the information.
HP creates the HP Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) and HP Smart Update Manager and updates it regularly. You can grab the latest SPP and supplements for your operating system to minimize the impact of this bait-and-switch by HP.
I was hoping to produce a nice, branded deployment with default settings like Boot to Desktop, show wallpaper behind Start, and a default wallpaper. Finally, I found a method that worked out.