Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) in beta

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) are now in Beta, available on https://connect.microsoft.com/ - I just got hold on them!

The download contains:
Remote Server Administration Tools Beta Fact Sheet.docx
Windows6.0-KB941314-x64.msu
Windows6.0-KB941314-x86.msu

Still waiting to install on my Vista SP1 Beta...


[UPDATE]
Install went just fine - but some admin tools are still not included (se readme for more info).

This is the exact download location:
http://connect.microsoft.com/windows/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=9561

More info:
http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/11/28/remote-server-administration-tools-rsat-beta-is-now-available.aspx

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Group Policy Changes in WS2008 article - part 2

Hi,
Just want to let you know that my latest article about "Group Policy related changes in Windows Server 2008" is released on www.windowsecurity.com.

This 2nd article in the series deals with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) version 2 - read more here...

Part 3 about Group Policy Preferences is soon to be published too.... Enjoy!


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Windows SteadyState v2.5 Beta

If you have ever tried out the Shared Computer Toolkit - or the newer Windows SteadyState toolkit, you probably know that Windows Vista has not been supported so far... But now it's here - go get it:

Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4DE91D3A-69F4-4D7B-94B1-C69B8BE029F4&displaylang=en

Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta Handbook
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=D173452A-CE26-4F26-9C30-982F705F84D2&displaylang=en

Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta Readme File
http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/2/F/E2F23589-E8E1-404F-9DAB-77F1CAE24153/ReadmeBeta.txt

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows Vista: Business/Home Basic/Starter/Ultimate/Enterprise/Home PremiumWindows XP: Home/Professional with Service Pack 2

Jeremy Moskowitz in RunAs Radio

Richard Campbell & Greg Hughes from RunAs Radio talks to my good friend Jeremy Moskowitz about Group Policy - who would have guessed, right :-)

Check it out here: http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=32

My WindowSecurity.com articles...

Hi,
This is a list of my articles on www.windowsecurity.com for reference - if you haven't read them yet, please do so!

Group Policy related changes in Windows Server 2008 (Part 1: What are Starter GPOs?)
This article series deals with the new Group Policy features W2008 will bring, including GPMC v2 features and Group Policy Preferences.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Group-Policy-related-changes-Windows-Server-2008-Part1.html

Protect Public Computers with Windows SteadyState (Part 1)
This is an article series deals with the Windows SteadyState product and how to protect public computers using this toolkit.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Protect-Public-Computers-Windows-SteadyState-Part1.html

Configuring Granular Password Settings in Windows Server 2008 (Part 1 & 2)
This article series deals with how to set Granular Password Policies for WS2008 domains.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Granular-Password-Settings-Windows-Server-2008-Part-1.html
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Configuring-Granular-Password-Settings-Windows-Server-2008-Part2.html

Efficient Registry Cleanup
This article deals with Group Policy Startup scripts and why they are so powerful.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Efficient-Registry-Cleanup.html

Default Deny All Applications (Part 1 & 2)
This article series deals with Software Restriction Policies and how to implement SRP in a corporate environment.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Default-Deny-All-Applications-Part1.html
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Default-Deny-All-Applications-Part2.html

How to Force Remote Group Policy Processing
This article shows how to update Group Policy settings on remote computers using different approaches.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/How-Force-Remote-Group-Policy-Processing.html

Managing Windows Vista Group Policy (Part 1, 2 & 3)
This article series deals with the new things in Group Policy land after Windows Vista joined the world.
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Managing-Windows-Vista-Group-Policy-Part1.html
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Managing-Windows-Vista-Group-Policy-Part2.html
http://windowsecurity.com/articles/Managing-Windows-Vista-Group-Policy-Part3.html


All feedback is very welcome - just send me an email!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Free PowerShell Cmdlets for Group Policy

Group Policy MVP Darren Mar-Elia has released some new PS cmdlets for handling Group Policy Objects using PowerShell.

Check them out here:
http://www.gpoguy.com/powershell.htm

I hope you'll like it!
/Jakob

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

AGPM whitepaper out there

Just a "quick note" this time!

A nice looking whitepaper is available from the Microsoft Group Policy Team... This time it's an AGPM overview: Advanced Group Policy Management Overview

Group Policy Revolution Coming Up!

It's exciting, fantastic, amazing, wonderful and totally cool - Microsoft has FINALLY announced what is going to happen with the PolicyMaker stuff they got when taking over DesktopStandards... It's going to be released with Windows Server 2008 as many of us had hoped for!

This is just GREAT I can tell you - and it will available to the public with the RC1 release of Windows Server 2008, maybe even before as a separate Beta program I'm told...

Microsoft decided to call it "Group Policy Preferences" or just "GP Preferences". So, what can we do with this you ask? Well, here's some of it:

  • Map network drives
  • Set Environment variables
  • Copy Files to clients
  • Create and update INI files
  • Modify registry settings on the clients (REG_SZ, REG_DWORD, REG_BINARY, REG_MULTI_SZ, and REG_EXPAND_SZ )
  • Create Shortcuts (URL/File/Shell)
  • Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)
  • Control Devices
  • Set Folder Options
  • Define File Associations
  • Tweak Internet Settings
  • Handle Local Users and Groups (change passwords, add/remove from groups, disable users etc.)
  • Set Network Options (like VPN or Dial-Up connections)
  • Configure Power Options (Windows XP)
  • Map Printers (even TCP/IP printers)
  • Set Regional Options
  • Create Scheduled Tasks
  • Set properties on Services
  • Tweak the Start Menu
  • and so on....

As you can see, it's quite impressive and something that will make companies around the world turn to Windows Server 2008 ASAP... I think and hope anyway!

The client part, a necessary extension which must be installed on the client, will be ready for Windows XP/2003/Vista - and in both x86 and x64 editions. Windows Server 2008 already includes the CSE (Client Side Extension).

There's SO much to tell, and SO little time... But, a Whitepaper is ready (a REALLY nice of the kind) thank you Microsoft!

Download the whitepaper here:
An Overview of Group Policy Preferences

Microsoft IT Forum 2007 Barcelona

Hi there,

I've been pretty busy the last days - so I haven't have time to create this "hello from Barcelona" post, now it's here :)

This year is a little special for me as it's the first time participating as a HOL (Hands-On-Lab) Proctor and an ATE (Ask The Expert - or "Ask The so called Expert")... So I'm working for Microsoft some hours during the day, which means I cannot attend all the sessions I might want - but so far I've been very lucky.

I'm assigned to the MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack) labs - so for me it's SoftGrid, AGPM (Advanced Group Policy Management), Desktop Error Monitoring, DART (Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset - which is actually the good old "Administrators Pak" from the former Winternals, including the Locksmith utility to reset passwords...) - most attendees seems to focus on SoftGrid and AGPM though (as expected).

I've met a lot of Danes down here - we are around 250 this year - that is really great I think (compared to the size of the country). Many companies can see the value of TechEd apparently - I can understand why. For me it's not only the technical news, info and sessions, but also meeting people from around the world, from my own country, from Microsoft and vendors - and doing some good old "social networking" - which is very valuable, both shot and long term.

Hope to see you soon (or maybe next year).

SoftGrid is now Microsoft Application Virtualization

I hope you have tried out SoftGrid (part of the cool MDOP package) - but, now we gotta start using a new name: "Microsoft Application Virtualization" - or actually "System Center Application Virtualization Management System "...

We all know the Microsoft way of doing this by now: buy the technology/product, start selling with the good old (well known) name, change the name - and some would add: then, as the very last part of the process, change the naming within the code, like "Softricity" folder names, service names etc. (as they often "forget" about this).

Nevertheless a Public Beta version is available for the NEW version 4.5 (most have 4.2 out there I guess). The Beta is available from Microsoft Connect - just sign up and as to participate in the "Application Virtualization 4.5 Public Beta".

You then ask: what's the new stuff? First of all we of course have a lot of bugfixes, but you also have new and cool functionality worth a lot of nice words - but I'm afraid it's gonna be another time, sorry.

However, check these links:
Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Beta – What’s New
Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization

 

Hope you will like it!

Monday, November 12, 2007

ADMX Migrator version 1.2

Good news from IT Forum Barcelona:

ADMX Migrator has been upgrade and now includes:

(1) Enhancements and bug fixes to support a wider range of ADM templates for conversion to ADMX.
(2) Enhancements to code and documentation for conversion error reporting and warnings.
(3) Improved handling of internationalized ADMX templates.

Get it here:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=77409

 

Great stuff!

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