List of different Group Policy Templates (Updated)

Active Directory Group Policy Object (GPO) is one of my core topics. I have a lot to do with it in various projects and as a Microsoft trainer. I have collected some templates and links. This link collection should make your search a little easier. Only templates of the vendors or of the projects are listed here. I have consciously avoided third-party policies.

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End of the Windows 7 Life-Cycle – Migration approaches from the field

Soon it is time, for Windows 7 the extended support ends on 14.01.2020. As with every end of operating system support the end comes “completely surprising”, okay, not really. At the beginning everything looks so far in the future, it is still x years time. But in the end, the problems appear.

I already saw this at the “surprising” end of XP. But there are also cases where migration is not so easy. Special problem areas can be interfaces to special Hardware. For instance, measuring workstations or production control systems. If a measuring instrument with current Windows 10 support directly costs a few tens of thousands of Euros, then you consider the investment.

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The possibilities of computer installations for businesses

This article discusses the different methods of computer installations for businesses. In technical terminology also called rollouts or deployments. Typically, such a concept is created when a large number of computer installations are required. Here are a few examples where it can be useful to rethink the previous way of working:

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Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)

In the past, a company-specific standard was usually always used for local administrator passwords. But what do you do if an employee who knows the default password leaves the company?

Right, it should be changed. In the past, Group Policies (GPO) were often used for this, even if the password was in clear text in SysVol. This was fortunately stopped by Microsoft. What other solutions are available? In practice I have seen VBS or PowerShell scripts, the good ones have random passwords, the bad ones only a standard.

But isn’t there a well designed solution from Microsoft? Yes, there is, Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS).

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