Vol. 23, #42 - October 22, 2018 - Issue #1204
WServerNews Spotlight: Group Policy
- Editor's Corner
- Some articles on Group Policy
- Slow startup/logon performance?
- Cleaning up before a migration
- Are there any good alternatives?
- Group Policy vs. MDM: who wins?
- Tip of the Week
- Don't let your company's domain name expire!
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- Ask Our Readers - Tracking our network ops (a response)
- I'm smart and punny!
- Conference calendar
- North America
- New on Techgenix.com
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- Cisco Webex Edge improves audio, video, content for meetings
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- 6 reasons why more millennials are switching to tech careers
- Fun videos from Flixxy
- How To Minimize Stress Astronaut Style - Chris Hadfield
- Audiovisual Illusion From Caltech
- Paul Vigil Performs Magic Without Moving
- Why Humans Are Obsessed With Cats
- More articles of interest
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This week's newsletter drills in on a subject that most Windows admins are familiar with in their day to day management and operations of their networks. Yes I'm talking about Group Policy, a set of features built into Active Directory that enables policy-based administration of users, computers, and other network resources. We also have a response to an Ask Our Readers item from a previous issue and we'd be happy if more of our readers could weigh in on the question discussed therein. Plus we have various other sundry stuff for your education and enjoyment. Cheers! --Mitch
Some articles on Group Policy
Let's start off with some of our more recent Group Policy articles and tips that we've published on our TechGenix website:
10 Windows Group Policy settings you need to tweak
Using PowerShell to evaluate group policy issues
Also check out the following series of articles on our site by Nirmal Sharma:
Active Directory Group Policy Health Check Items (Part 1)
Active Directory Group Policy Health Check Items (Part 2)
Active Directory Group Policy Health Check Items (Part 3)
Active Directory Group Policy Health Check Items (Part 4)
Active Directory Group Policy Health Check Items (Part 5)
Now let's move on to some other stuff on Group Policy…
Slow startup/logon performance?
Are you experiencing slow boot times or excessively long duration of logons? Could the Group Policy configuration of your environment have something to do with this? Check out the following article by Nathan Penn on the Ask PFE Platforms blog on TechNet for tips on how to troubleshoot:
Cleaning up before a migration
Before you perform an Active Directory migration it's a good idea to clean up your Group Policy infrastructure by identifying and weeding out unneeded policies. The following short article from VirtuallyAware may be of some help in getting started with this job:
Also check out this article which builds on the previous one using PowerShell:
Once you've cleaned up your Group Policy messes, it's a good idea to export all of your Group Policy settings in a report form. You can find out how to do this here:
Are there any good alternatives?
While Group Policy is a good solution that every Windows admin relies upon, it can seem sometimes like a multi-headed hydra that keeps on growing uncontrollably in seemingly every conceivable direction. Perhaps there's an alternative you could try using, like this one from JumpCloud:
Have any readers tried this in their environment? Let us know what you think of this or any other third-party Group Policy replacement solution by emailing us at [email protected]
Group Policy vs. MDM: who wins?
Finally there is the question of which is the better approach: Microsoft's tried-and-true traditional solution of using Group Policy with Active Directory, or Microsoft's new "modern" approach to Windows management that leverages the fact that Windows 10 is enabled for mobile device management (MDM). Is MDM going to be the replacement for Group Policy going forward? Or will Group Policy continue to thrive in this century like Windows 7 is likely to resist getting killed off? Stay tuned for next week's newsletter where we'll explore this interesting topic! Or send us your opinion today by emailing us at [email protected]
Got any IT pro tips you'd like to share with other readers of our newsletter? Email us at [email protected]
Don't let your company's domain name expire!
Make sure the domain name you registered for your company's website is set for autorenewal, because if you allow it to expire you might end up with all kinds of problems. Domain names are often abandoned when a company is acquired or by or merges with another company, and such abandoned domain names often get snapped up by malicious actors who can then wreak havoc by taking control of the former company's email services and use this for perpetrating fraud, extortion, and other criminal activities. There's some good information about this can be done in the following article on The Medium:
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A couple of weeks ago a reader named David who works for a Large Company asked us this question:
What do newsletter readers who manage operations for their corporate network use for tracking configuration change requests, helpdesk support tickets, and such? In another Large Company I worked for we used Request Tracker:
but what else is out there? I'm newly hired and mgmt wants something robust to replace their current collection of bandaids…thanks.
James from Boston, Massachusetts responded briefly with the following recommendation:
Try JIRA :-)
Jira Software is a product from Atlassian that is designed to enable teams to plan, track, and manage software development projects, but as James suggests it can also be repurposed for other kinds of tracking tasks. Here's the webpage for the product:
Do any readers out there have any other recommendations for David? Email us at [email protected]
Last week's factoid and question was this:
Fact: GeoCities dies in March 2019, and with it a piece of internet history.
Question: How many of you fondly remember browsing Geocities in its heyday? And did any of you newsletter readers actually own your own piece of Geocities by putting up a web page on some topic?
A reader named Radhakrishnan who is a retired consultant from India now living in the USA responded as follows:
Yahoo was kind enough to give me Website:
But it is no more now. I will remain most grateful, if I get it revived or get the contents at least.
You might be in luck! The Internet Archive maintains an archive of much of the Geocities content, and it looks like at least part of your original Geocities website can be found here:
Anyways, let's move on to this week's factoid:
Fact: Puns are the most elevated form of humor:
Question: What is the best (or worst!) pun you've ever heard?
Email your answer to [email protected]
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WServerNews - Editors
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7www.mtit.com.Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.