Monday, July 14, 2008

Disable Internet Connection Wizard Group Policy

For those that may be looking to disable their IE browsers from running the silly connection wizard on startup i’ve got the Group Policy link, as well as the technet article should you need to know more.

Group Policy setting: Disable Internet Connection Wizard

This Group Policy setting is in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer. It affects administrators as well as users.

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Group Policy Background Refresh Time

When going through your policies you may want to re-evaluate the rate of group policy refreshes.
I find it useful to have them refreshing in the background but at the same time you don’t want them doing it to often, especially if you have WAN links with a number of users pulling across that link or anything like that.
The Technet Article is linked below, the useful links i required for my policies were as follows:

Computer Refresh Interval
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy

User Refresh Interval
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy

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Customize The System Properties Information

Here is some handy info I lashed off pietschsoft to get our company info into system properties for the new SOE we are building.

Show Computer Manufacturer and Support Information (All Windows)
This tip lets you customize the System Properties page in Control Panel. This is especially useful if you run a computer store and want your customers to be reminded where they bought their PC and where to get technical support.

To add the manufacturer and support information you need to create two new files in the Windows system directly, normally “C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM” for Windows 95, 98 and Me and “C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32” for Windows NT and 2000.
The first file is a text file called “OEMINFO.INI”. To create the file open notepad and copy the template below, make any changes and save the file in the System directory.
Manufacturer=Your Company, Inc.
Model=Your Computer Model

[Support Information]
Line1=first line
Line2=second line
Line3=third line
Line4=fourth line
LineN=nth line
; Create as many lines as you need by incrementing the Line number
The other file you need to create is a logo file. This is a standard Windows bitmap file (172 x 172 pixels), saved as “OEMLOGO.BMP” in the Windows System directory.
Once you have created both these files open System Properties from Control Panel and your company information and logo will be displayed. The details you entered in the [Support Information] section will show up when you click on the Support Information button.—-Add-Custom-Manufacturer-Properties.aspx

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Deploy Macromedia Flash Player via MSI in Group Policy

I was having issues with users who are limited to user or power user levels and unable to view flash based sites, my solution was to deploy the MSI of flash via group policy.
i have linked to the MSI on Macromedias site below.

Macromedia MSI File Link

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