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Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

Customize Windows 2012 Start Screen Using Group Policy

One of the great new features of Windows 2012 R2 is the possibility to customize Windows 2012 Start Screen using Group Policy. With the release just released it’s time to get started. First you need to copy C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions from a Windows 2012 R2 Server to \\DOMAINFQDN\sysvol\DOMAINFQDN\Policies\PolicyDefinitions. Replace all existing files… Continue Reading

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

ControlUp – Terminal Server and VDI Management

My favorite IT management console is just released in version 2.0 with a great bunch of new features and enhancements. This is a sponsored review, but I love this product and have been using it at all my customer since the first release. In this blog post I’ll cover what’s… Continue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Redirect Favorites to Home Folder

During Citrix Synergy 2012 in San Francisco it was argued numerous times by Shawn Bass that redirecting Favorites to the home folder is a very bad idea. Shawn mentioned that Internet Explorer causes an extensive number of calls on your file server when browsing so I wanted to dig a little bit deeper into… Continue Reading

Group Policy Management – Import registry files

More and more people are using Group Policy Management to replace their login scripts. Group Policy Preferences where first introduced in Windows Server 2008 and it gives you a structured environment to control all your global settings. Group Policy Preferences are accessed via the Group Policy Management console. In Preferences you… Continue Reading

Citrix XenDesktop 5 using Hyper-V and SCVMM

In this video tutorial I’ll show you how to install and configure Citrix XenDesktop 5 (XD5) with Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). The process is pretty straight forward if you do them in the right order. I’m installing SCVMM on the same server as XD5 which… Continue Reading

Change IE Default Search Provider with GPO

Change IE Default Search Provider with GPO

If you’re getting bored of your current default search engine in Internet Explorer or you want the Corporate default search engine to be Google this is the post for you. Microsoft have not made this easy not even with the default Group Policy Templates. The different search engines providers are… Continue Reading

XenDesktop Tuning Group Policy for Windows 7 x64

XenDesktop Tuning Group Policy for Windows 7 x64

I have posted a new Tuning Policy for XenDesktop x64 available in the Download section of this blog. Most of the registry keys have been imported from the previous XenDesktop Tuning Tips Group Policy v1.0. This new policy have been updated to support x64 and some new settings have been… Continue Reading