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How to configure an Open With preference group policy item


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What is the use from open with item in group policy preference?
The Open With preference item allows you to create, configure, and delete an Open With association with a specific file name extension.
  • Click Start – All programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand User ConfigurationPreferencesControl Panel Settings.
  • Right-click the Folder Options node, point to New, and select Open With.

  •  In the New Open With Properties dialog box.
 Action provides a choice of four actions:
 

 – Create Create a new Open With association. If a file name extension in the Open With item exists within the user’s profile,  then the new association is not created.

Delete Remove an existing Open With association. An association exists when the file name extension in the Open With item exists  within the user’s profile. No action is performed if the association does not exist.

Replace Delete and recreate an Open With association. The net result of the Replace action overwrite all existing settings associated with the Open With association. If the Open With association does not exist, then the Replace action creates a new Open With association.

Update Modify an Open With association. The action differs from Replace in that it updates the settings defined within the preference item. All other settings remain as they were previously configured. If the Open With association does not exist, then the Update action creates a new Open With association.

             
Open With settings:
 

File name extension Type the extension of the file to associate with the specified application. Press F3 to display a list of variables from which you can select.

Note: You do not need to insert the period before the file name extension.

Associated Program Type the path and name of the application you want to associate with the file name extension. Alternatively, you can click Browse (…) and select the application. Press F3 to display a list of variables from which you can select.

Note: Even if the app is not installed on the server where you’re editing policy, you can manually type in the full path to the .exe as it would exist on the client. Or, you can install the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on one of your Win7 machines where the app is installed and edit the GPO from there.

Set as default Select this check box to make the associated application the default application Windows uses to open the file name extension.

 
Reference:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732272.aspx
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/7c8b7f12-510a-435a-8053-856123cdb20d/

Group policy search tool (GPS)


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GPS is a online group policy search tool for Microsoft Active Directory Group Policy Settings.

You are unsure whether a policy for your setting exists. you have ever tried to find the registry setting for a specific group policy setting.

With the help of Group Policy Search you can easily find existing Group Policies and  find the registry setting for a specific group policy

Group Policy Search will give you what you need. Try it Here

  • GPS page overview

  • You can change the display and search language

  • You can change Tree view (policy view or Registry view)

  

  • You can filter the search to specific products and/or versions

  • You can share using the one-click copy feature in the copy menu

  • You can add a Search Provider and a Search Accelerator for your Internet Explorer or a Search Connector for your Windows 7

Reference:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/how-to-find-the-group-policy-you-need.aspx#comment-11774

How to configure AppLocker Group Policy to prevent software from running


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 Firstly: What is AppLocker?

AppLocker is a set of Group Policy settings that evolved from Software Restriction Policies, to restrict which applications can run on a corporate network, including the ability to restrict based on the application’s version number or publisher.

  • Click Start – All programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand Computer Configuration –  Policies – Windows Settings – Security Settings – Application Control Policies – AppLocker .
  • In right pane click on Configure rule enforcement

 Note:

  1. Executable rules: .exe, .com
  2. Windows Installer rules: .msi, .msp
  3. Scripts rules: .ps1, .bat, .cmd, .vbs, .js
  • Under Executable rules check configured box and select Enforce rules then click ok
  • In left pane under AppLocker right click on Executable Rules  then  select Create New Rule
  • Select Deny and select what user or group will prevent.

Note:

Publisher rules: This condition identifies an application based on its digital signature and extended attributes. The digital signature contains information about the company that created the application (the publisher). The extended attributes, which are obtained from the binary resource, contain the name of the product that the application is part of and the version number of the application.

Path rules: This condition identifies an application by its location in the file system of the computer or on the network.

File hash: This condition identifies an application which is not digitally signed can be restricted by a file hash rule instead of a publisher rule.

  • Select Publisher and click Next

  • Click browse then select executable file example.exe
  • Choose any options from prevent with any publisher, publisher, product name, file name and file version then click Next.

  • Read it and click Next
  •   Click Create
  • You will now be prompted to create some default rules that ensure that you don’t accidently stop Windows from working. Click “Yes” to this if you don’t already have these rules created.

Note:

If you want to apply this role on computer administrator then right-click on the BUILTIN\Administrators rule and click Delete

Now we will active the Application Identity service to enable AppLocker on the computers

  • In the same Group Policy Object you were just editing Computer Configuration – Policies – Windows Settings – Security Settings – System Services
  • Right click Application Identity service then properties
  • Check Define this policy setting box and Automatic then OK.

Now when users try run program he will get this

Reference:

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/04/how-to-configure-applocker-group-policy-in-windows-7-to-block-third-party-browsers/comment-page-1/#comment-3615

http://www.windows7library.com/blog/security/applocker-part-2-understanding-applocker-rules/

How to (Enable or Disable) Remote Desktop via Group Policy Windows 2008


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1 We can use Group Policy setting to (enable or disable) Remote Desktop

  • Click StartAll programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Remote Desktop Services – Connections.
  •  Allow users to connect remotely using Remote Desktop Services (enable or disable)

2- We can use Group Policy Preferences to (enable or disable) Remote Desktop 

  • Click StartAll programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects
  • Expand Computer Configuration PreferencesWindows Settings.
  • Right click RegistryNew Registry Item.
  • General Tab.
  • Action :Update
  • Hive :HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Key path : SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server
  • Value name : fDenyTSConnections
  • Value type  : REG_DWORD
  • Value date   : 00000000 enable OR 00000001 disable

How to Change Local Administrator Password with Group Policy


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We will use Group Policy Preferences to set password on local user accounts.

  • Click StartAll programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand Computer ConfigurationPreferences – Control Panel Settings.
  • Right click on Local Users and Groups – New – Local User.

Note: Group policy update will take 90 min (Default)

If you want change this time follow this method:

  • Expand Computer ConfigurationAdministrative Templates –System – Group policy
  • Enable Group policy refresh interval for computers and set any time you want (Recommended 5 – 10 min)

Or Run this command on clients gpupdate /force

How to Prevent Users from Connecting to a USB Storage Device by Group Policy


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To prevent users from connecting to USB storage devices by group policy

 If a USB storage device is already installed on the computer:

  1.  Click Start –  All programs  – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  2. Create or Edit Group Policy Objects
  3. Expand Computer ConfigurationPreferencesWindows Settings.
  4. Right click RegistryNewRegistry Item.
  5. General Tab.
  • Action : Update
  • Hive : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Key path : SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor
  • Value name : Start
  • Value type : REG_DWORD
  • Value data : 00000004

Notes: You can apply this method on User Configration too.

If a USB storage device is not already installed on the computer:

  1. Click Start –  All programs  – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Managment.
  2. Create or Edit Group Policy Objects
  3. Expand Computer ConfigurationPolice Windows Settings – Security Settings .
  4. Right click File SystemAdd file or folder.
  5. Browse to this file
  • %SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.pnf
  • assign the user or the group and the local SYSTEM account Deny permissions.

6. Browse to this file too.

  • %SystemRoot%\Inf\Usbstor.inf
  • assign the user or the group and the local SYSTEM account Deny permissions.