OCS Guides

March 1, 2008

in Microsoft, OCS

Some new and updates OCS guides were just published to the MS Downloads.

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Overview

Update Rollup 1 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) resolves issues that were found in Exchange Server 2007 SP1 since the software was released. This update rollup is highly recommended for all Exchange Server 2007 SP1 customers.

For a list of changes that are included in this update rollup, see KB945684.

Download the update here…

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Update: GPO Accelerator

February 27, 2008

in Microsoft, Server, Vista, XP

Brief Description

The GPOAccelerator creates all the Group Policy objects (GPOs) that you need to deploy recommended security settings for your environment to save you hours of work that you would otherwise need to configure these settings. This Solution Accelerator includes guidance to assist you with this tool.

Overview

The download for GPOAccelerator includes the following components:

  • GPOAccelerator. The GPOAccelerator automatically deploys the security recommendations in the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide, 2007 Microsoft Office Security Guide, the Windows Vista Security Guide and the Windows XP Security Guide. These guides recommend Group Policy configurations and, in the case of Windows Vista and Windows XP, Security Template configurations that are enforced via Active Directory® in your environment. Each of these guides contains prescriptive recommendations for two security baselines, Enterprise Client (EC) and Specialized Security – Limited Functionality (SSLF). These baselines have been thoroughly tested and validated. The tool provides you with the recommended EC and SSLF Group Policy objects (GPOs) for Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and the 2007 Office release in this download.
  • How To Use the GPOAccelerator. This download also includes the How To Use the GPOAccelerator to provide you with step-by-step guidance to set up a test environment, create the GPOs. Then you can link the GPOs in a test or production OU structure, and deploy them.

Click here to download the accelerator…

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Overview

Multiple Group Policy Preferences have been added to the Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Management Console (which are also available through the Remote Server Administration Toolset (RSAT) for Windows Vista SP1). Group Policy Preferences enable information technology professionals to configure, deploy, and manage operating system and application settings they previously were not able to manage using Group Policy. After you install this update, your computer will be able to process the new Group Policy Preference extensions.

For more information on the topic of group policies check out this post…

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