June 25 2010

Group Policy Search

Microsoft have just published a website that allows you to search for a group policy setting.  This is much easier than having to open an existing Group Policy Object to see what policy settings are available.  URL is http://gps.cloudapp.net/
 
 



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January 25 2010

Unable to manage Office Communicator Group Policy settings – Extra Registry Settings

I recently had a situation where I was unable to manage Office Communicator Group Policy settings – some of the settings now appeared as Extra Registry Settings in the Group Policy Management console.  This seemed to happen around the time that I had upgraded the ADM template to the Office Communicator 2007 R2 ADM template released in January 2010, so I can only assume that some of these settings have been depreciated or superseded.

Unmanagable settings
Unmanagable settings

I was particularly concerned about one setting – softwarepoliciesmicrosoftcommunicatorServerAddress – even though I could no longer manage this settings, the Office Communicator client still used the value in the setting for its configuration! I wanted to manage this setting, so I created a ADM template to manage a few of the unmanageable settings – here it is for your reference:

CLASS USER

CATEGORY "Shared UC Settings"
KEYNAME SoftwareMicrosoftSharedUcClient
POLICY ServerAddressInternal
EXPLAIN "Controls the SoftwareMicrosoftSharedUcClientServerAddressInternal registry value"
PART ServerAddressInternal EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "ServerAddressInternal"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY

CATEGORY "Communicator Settings"
KEYNAME SoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftCommunicator
POLICY ServerAddress
EXPLAIN "Controls the HKCUSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftCommunicatorServerAddress registry value"
PART ServerAddress EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "ServerAddress"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY

CLASS MACHINE

CATEGORY "Communicator Settings"
KEYNAME SoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftCommunicator
POLICY ServerAddress
EXPLAIN "Controls the HKLMSoftwarePoliciesMicrosoftCommunicatorServerAddress registry value"
PART ServerAddress EDITTEXT
VALUENAME "ServerAddress"
END PART
END POLICY
END CATEGORY