Solved: How Often Does Group Policy Update?

There are three ready answers to ‘how often does group policy update? COMPUTER CONFIGURATION and USER CONFIGURATION changes automatically refresh every 90 minutes with a random offset of upto 30 minutes When you run gpupdate /force When you reboot All three of these assume you are on a single server domain.  If you have multiple servers you need to also add the time it takes to replicate the changes to the DC closest to the…

SOLVED: How to Deploy Java Through An Active Directory Group Policy

If you know Group Policy and your question is really, WHERE IS AN .MSI FOR JAVA THAT IS ALREADY TO BE DEPLOYED UNATTENDED THROUGH AN ACTIVE DIRECTORY GROUP POLICY, you can download my Java 7 Patch 13 from Feb 1 2013 (jre1.7.0_13) HERE.  Note that while I have had no problems with this, we do NOT take any responsibility for these files (just like it says at the bottom of each page).  You are on your own…

SOLVED: There is no software installation data object in the Active Directory

The “There is no software installation data object in the Active Directory” error appeared when I was attempting to add a new software package to a Windows 2008 R2 software deployment group policy but I believe it would be the same in Windows Server 2013.  This was an odd one, but easy to fix none the less. I read a number of blogs indicating that the solution was to add DOMAIN COMPUTERS with FULL CONTROL…

SOLVED: How To Set User Access Control (UAC) to the DEFAULT Level via Group Policy

If you want to use Group Policy to configure the 10 UAC related group polices so a Windows 7 client will be set to the third level on the slider bar: “Default – Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer.  Don’t notify me when I make changes to Windows settings.” open your Group Policy Management tool and either create a new policy or edit an existing one (note I would NOT change the…

How to Deploy The Current Version of Adobe Flash using Group Policy in Active Directory

This one is easy: Download the correct version of  flash from Adobes offline flash installer site http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/fp_distribution3.html Copy the .MSI to a location on the network which all PC’s can see Start GROUP POLICY MANAGMENT CONSOLE and right click on the appropriate OU (or the domain root) and select CREATE A GPO IN THIS DOMAIN AND LINK IT HERE Drill into COMPUTER CONFIGURATION, POLICIES, SOFTWARE SETTINGS right click on SOFTWARE INSTALLATION and select NEW PACKAGE point…

How To Deploy Oracle/Sun Java Silently In a Corporate Environment with Group Policy in Active Directory OR Using a Script

After watching THIS video explaining that in 2010, Java was the most exploited product, I decided we need to update our Java to the current version. We came up with two ways to deploy Java; one through a group policy (GP) in Active Directory (AD), two, through a script with minimal user interaction. PREWORK: Download the current OFFLINE version of Java from Oracle/SUN Run the Installer but don’t click anything (i.e. just start it so that…

How To Disable UAC Elevation Prompt for Point and Print Printer Driver Installs By Restricted Users on Windows 7

By Ian Matthews  – September 13, 2010 BRIEF HISTORY: Under XP there was limited security on print driver installation by restricted users.  Under Vista there were serious limitations put on Restricted Users which you could resolve easily via Group Policy.  Under Windows 7, the same restriction applied but the security was moved from USER SETTINGS to COMPUTER SETTINGS.  This is a pain in the butt to figure out. GROUP POLICY: To have Group Policy manage printers…