Wrapping up our series on finding technical information quickly, we are going to explore the Group Policy Search service a little bit more. With over 3400 policy settings that can be configured in multiple ways, finding (and understanding) that perfect setting can be a challenge. Because you will likely be hunting these settings in Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), we are going to add a search option that links us back to the Group Policy Search service.
There is a plethora of information in Active Directory and Group Policy. Every new release of Server simply compounds this information. 9 times out of 10, everything you will ever need is on TechNet. Finding it is the problem. To make sense of this overload and to find exactly what I want when I need it, I use these two tricks.
“The time has come the Ballmer said to talk of many things. That IE Maintenance has to go and Blue will ship in Spring.”
Wait – what! IE Maintenance has to go? Come again Mr. Ballmer – did you just say it is already gone?
If IE Maintenance is missing, how can I edit settings like a homepage? The easy answer is – use a Windows 7 GPMC. The best answer is – use a Windows 7 GPMC to migrate those settings to Group Policy Preferences or Administrative Templates.
User Account Control is really awesome – except for when it isn’t…
Example: UAC is great for stopping viruses (in fact, it might be the best tool Microsoft has introduced). UAC is always great for stopping some legitimate processes. In Vista – a standard user couldn’t refresh their IP address or change their time zone… One legitimate process still being stopped by UAC is the installation of Fonts by standard users.
So if you have tried editing security permissions and changing registry settings to allow installation, let me tell you – give up. If you want to deploy fonts in a Vista+ world, you will need to use Group Policy. Here is how: