Category Archives: Group Policy

Case of the Unwanted Chrome Search Modification

A friend’s machine had the Google Chrome home page set to But there is no homepage set in settings. Checking the Chrome Shortcut in Start Menu we can see it’s been modified, so we remove the piesearch parameter. This … Continue reading

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PowerShell Script to Extract Info From ADMX

Note: This script may need tweaking to handle all ADMX content scenarios. If in-doubt compare output with gpedit.msc, and adjust script as necessary. Also currently this doesn’t handle special characters in the explanation text, they will come back as question … Continue reading

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Case of the 30 minute Windows 7 Logon

After following a similar approach as below: I still hadn’t found any obvious cause of slow logon, except that it was in Win Logon Init phase. CPU, Storage, Memory, and Disk usage are all low: Expanding Generic Events, looking … Continue reading

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Case of the Group Policy Preference Fail

A customer had an issue with mail not appearing in their Inbox. Their Exchange team had advised to set a registry value under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office15.0\Outlook\Options\mail A group policy had been created to set the value, and it successfully worked on five … Continue reading

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Importing Reg Files Into Group Policy Preferences

Surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be any obvious way to import “reg” files into Group Policy Preferences. And using the Registry Import Wizard can be tedious ticking many many tick boxes. Looking around existing tools I could find one commercial … Continue reading

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Case of the Logon Attempt Failed RDP Connection

When attempting to connect from a Windows 8.1 machine to a Server 2008 R2 machine, using a local admin account on the remote machine, the error message provided was The logon attempt failed, this despite confirming the correct account details … Continue reading

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Case of the Group Policy Copy Fail – An invalid directory pathname was passed

A colleague had an issue at a customer site where a Group Policy object could not be copied using Group Policy Management Console. In addition making a backup of the policy, and attempting to re-import the policy would also fail … Continue reading

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