How to Disable Windows Update using Group Policy

Windows update is an essential service from Microsoft to ensure that all Windows devices will be updated with latest updates. These updates include feature enhancements, driver updates, service packs, security updates, critical updates and other updates. Disabling windows update is not recommended. But because of specific business requirement you may need to disable the windows […]

Disable File Download in Internet Explorer using Group Policy

Some organization may want to prohibit its member to download file from the internet but still allowing regular internet access. It could be for efficiency reason. By restricting file download, the organization can keep its shared bandwidth usage at minimum. It could be for the security reason as well. By doing so, it will minimize […]

Configure Internet Site Zone using Group Policy Preferences

Microsoft Internet Explorer has a built-in security feature that classify sites into four separated zones, namely Internet, Local Intranet, Trusted Sites, and Restricted Sites. Each of these zones has different way of handling site contents. For example, downloading content from sites in Internet zone will prompt a message to the user before it is able […]

Backup and Restore Group Policy Object in Windows

Group Policy Object is one of the critical elements for Windows domain environment. It is the job for administrator to manage the GPO carefully as the simplest mistake in GPO setting can potentially lead to a major service disruption. The best way to mitigate that risk is by backing up the GPO before doing any […]

How to Apply GPO to Computer Group in Active Directory

Group Policy or GPO can be applied to the computer. The most common way to do that is by linking the computer GPO to the computer OU. By default, policy will be enforced to all computers which resides under that OU. If there’s a specific policy only for a few particular computers, then these computers must be […]

Configure Proxy Settings using Group Policy Preferences

A proxy server is a dedicated server that acts as the intermediate between server that provides service and its requesting client. With proxy server configured, client doesn’t have to communicate directly through the internet, thus increasing the security. Also, proxy server can help reduce internet bandwidth usage with its caching ability. For these reasons, proxy […]

Block GPO using Delegation Option in Windows

There are multiple ways to block GPO from applying to specific users or computers. While methods like item-level targeting, security filtering, or WMI filtering, can practically provide better control of the policy scope, administrator also needs to know that one can block GPO using delegation option in Windows. This is not the best way to […]