How To Prevent Devices From Installing in Windows

Forbid USB

One of the most underutilized feature in Windows for home users has got to be group policy. Anything that you can think of when it comes to administering and securing the operating system is laid out in group policy settings. With that being said though, one could argue that many home users really don’t need [...]

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Group Policy Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop Review

Managed Group Policy

One of my main love for network administration is group policy. Group Policy technology has grown with each new edition of Windows dating back to Windows 2000. With the introduction of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, there are now over 6000+ group policy settings for administrators to play with! While Group Policy Fundamentals, Security, [...]

Introduction to Local Group Policy Objects: Part 2

Multiple Local Group Policy

In the first of this two part series, I gave an introduction on Local Group Policy Objects. I explained why you would want to configure a computer’s LGPO, especially if you are tasked with managing them in a unsecured or public location, and how how easily it can be done. Basically, if your computers are [...]

Introduction to Local Group Policy Objects: Part 1

Local Group Policy

Have you ever used a computer whether in a cafe, kiosk, or just about any other public location when you had the sudden urge to do a little ‘exploration’? For example, ‘s say you wanted to visit the Task Manager to see what’s going on with the computer when all of a sudden you find [...]

Creating a Custom Windows Logon Message

Custom Logon Message

This is a neat little trick that allows you to create your own personalized logon message for your computer users. Although this is mainly used in corporate environments, there is nothing preventing you from taking advantage of it on your home computers as well as other computers you manage as well. Creating a custom message allows [...]