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Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

One of the great new features of Windows 2012 R2 is the possibility to customize Windows 2012 Start Screen using Group Policy. With the release just released it’s time to get started. First you need to copy C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions from a Windows 2012 R2 Server to \\DOMAINFQDN\sysvol\DOMAINFQDN\Policies\PolicyDefinitions. Replace all existing files with the newer versions. ForContinue Reading

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

My favorite IT management console is just released in version 2.0 with a great bunch of new features and enhancements. This is a sponsored review, but I love this product and have been using it at all my customer since the first release. In this blog post I’ll cover what’s new in this release. I’mContinue Reading

Configure an Authoritative Time Server with Group Policy

Configure an Authoritative Time Server with Group Policy

An Authoritative Time Server is a must in every environment. This is one of topics covered by CTP Carl Webster in the presentation “10 things in AD that can hurt XenDesktop or XenApp and how to fix them“. Make sure you clear a half day and go through the presentation and your Active Directory to makeContinue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Redirect Favorites to Home Folder

During Citrix Synergy 2012 in San Francisco it was argued numerous times by Shawn Bass that redirecting Favorites to the home folder is a very bad idea. Shawn mentioned that Internet Explorer causes an extensive number of calls on your file server when browsing so I wanted to dig a little bit deeper into this topic. Folder redirection toContinue Reading

Pin Icons to Start Menu for All Users with GPO

Pinning and unpinning icons to the Start Menu or Taskbar can be a pain on Windows 2008 or Windows 7. After doing some research I came up with an how to that I wanted to share with you today. The first problem I got was that the Pin to Taskbar / Start Menu was missingContinue Reading

Group Policy Management – Import registry files

More and more people are using Group Policy Management to replace their login scripts. Group Policy Preferences where first introduced in Windows Server 2008 and it gives you a structured environment to control all your global settings. Group Policy Preferences are accessed via the Group Policy Management console. In Preferences you can configure things like HideContinue Reading

Citrix XenDesktop 5 using Hyper-V and SCVMM

In this video tutorial I’ll show you how to install and configure Citrix XenDesktop 5 (XD5) with Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). The process is pretty straight forward if you do them in the right order. I’m installing SCVMM on the same server as XD5 which means you’ll need to installContinue Reading

Change IE Default Search Provider with GPO

Change IE Default Search Provider with GPO

If you’re getting bored of your current default search engine in Internet Explorer or you want the Corporate default search engine to be Google this is the post for you. Microsoft have not made this easy not even with the default Group Policy Templates. The different search engines providers are located in HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerSearchScopes whereContinue Reading

XenDesktop Tuning Group Policy for Windows 7 x64

XenDesktop Tuning Group Policy for Windows 7 x64

I have posted a new Tuning Policy for XenDesktop x64 available in the Download section of this blog. Most of the registry keys have been imported from the previous XenDesktop Tuning Tips Group Policy v1.0. This new policy have been updated to support x64 and some new settings have been added based on a recentContinue Reading

Using Group Policy to hide and map specified drives

Using Group Policy to hide and map specified drives

Do you remember the old days when we used the hide drives.adm template to hide specified drives along with some kind of hide drives calculator to get the proper value ? So if we wanted to hide drives for Domain Users but not the Domain Admins, we had to create another policy to lock itContinue Reading