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Group Policy CSE processing

You can configure CSEs to reapply policy settings, even if the GPO has not changed, at a background refresh. To do so, configure a GPO scoped to computers and define the settings in the Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\ Group Policy node. For each CSE you want to configure, open its policy processing setting—for example, Registry Policy …...

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PowerShell Operators

Here is a list of the available operators when working in PowerShell: Operator Definition -lt Less than -le Less than or equal to -gt Greater than -ge Greater than or equal to -eq Equal to.  If the left hand side of the operator is an array and the right hand side is a scalar, the …...

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Developing an Active Directory Group Management Strategy

Adding groups to other groups— nesting—can create a hierarchy of groups that support your business roles and management rules. The best practice for group nesting is known as IGDLA: Identities (user and computer accounts) are members of Global groups that represent business roles. Those role groups (global groups) are members of Domain Local groups that …...

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Active Directory OUs

Here are some thoughts about OU design in AD. The­ primary ­role­ of­ OUs­ is­ to­ efficiently ­scope ­delegation—to apply permissions to objects and sub-OUs. When you design an Active Directory environment, you should always begin by­ designing­ an ­OU­ structure ­that ­will­ make­ delegation­ efficient—a structure that reflects the administrative model of your organization. …...

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Active Directory Groups

Have you ever wondered what the differences between the various group types in Active Directory are? At a basic level, these are the primary distinguishing characteristics of the group types: A Global group is used to identify users based on criteria such as job function, location, etc. A Domain Local group is used to collect …...

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Protect Container From Accidental Deletion

Windows Server 2008 introduced a new option when creating an OU: Protect Container From Accidental Deletion. This option adds a safety switch to the OU so that it cannot be accidentally deleted. Two permissions are added to the OU: Everyone::Deny::Delete and Everyone::Deny::Delete Subtree. This means that no user will be able to delete the OU …...

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Configure AD DS on 2008 R2 Server Core

Server Core has no GUI, so you must configure the necessary services within the shell. Here are the necessary steps to configure Active Directory Domain Services on Server Core in an existing domain called contoso.com: 1. Rename the server by typing netdom renamecomputer %computername% /newname: SERVER02. Alternately, you can configure the computer’s name by typing …...

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How to Create and Configure an Active Internet-Based Software Update Point

This is a good article on how to create and configure an SCCM SUP for DMZ/Workgroup/Internet-Based clients http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb694182.aspx...

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SCCM Collection Queries

Here are the default collection queries for the built-in collections in SCCM: All Windows Workstation Systems select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from sms_r_system where OperatingSystemNameAndVersion like ‘Microsoft Windows NT%Workstation%’ All Windows Server Systems select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from sms_r_system where OperatingSystemNameAndVersion like ‘Microsoft Windows NT%Server%’ And here are some other queries for various purposes: All Systems with No Client Installed …...

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Migrate App-V Database to new server

I found a great blog post on migrating the App-V database to a new SQL server: http://blogs.technet.com/b/appv/archive/2012/02/08/a-complete-guide-to-sql-2008-app-v-database-migration.aspx...

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