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Operating Systems

Anything related to operating systems, how they work, what they include, help tips, tutorials, help with applications


What is the difference between gpedit.msc and secpol.msc?

Gpedit.msc and secpol.msc both are tools for administering system and security policies on your computer. The difference between the gpedit.msc and secpol.msc is most visible on the scope of policies which those tools can edit. To start explaining the difference, we can say that the secpol.msc is a subcategory of gpedit.msc.

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Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite

Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite or short just Citrix is a package consisting of a handful of key products that run on Windows Server 2003 and now also on Windows Server 2008. Citrix is a competitor suite to Microsoft's Windows Terminal Services. However, Citrix can go beyond what Windows Terminal Services itself offers.

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Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator

The Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator message can be surprising and very unwelcome if you need to troubleshoot your computer. The Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator message is caused by someone actively making changes to the computer configuration, but we have seen it happen when registry got altered by a virus as well.

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Active directory

Active Directory is a centralized and standardized system that automates management of company IT resources. Active Directory manages user data, user accounts, security, applications, servers, and other distributed resources. Active directory also enables interoperation with other directories.

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Group policy configuration example in Windows XP

This page provides two examples of how a group policy can be used in Windows XP and how it can be edited.

A few words before we get to the example...

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How to edit group policy

Group policy is a nice way of managing users and computers. It is an infrastructure in the Microsoft Windows world that is used to centralize and automate the management of configuration or policy settings for users and computers within an Active Directory environment.

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Group policy (Windows)

Group policy is a functionality in Windows that enables IT administrators to customize what users' computers look like in an automated way.

IT administrators can use group policy to automate and centralize management of users, computers, operating system, and applications that run on the operating system. Group policy is a feature in modern Windows that provides centralized management and configuration.

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Disable autorun autoplay via group policy

Autoplay or also called Autorun is a feature in Windows that automatically launches the content of your CD or DVD when you insert your CD or DVD into the drive. The autoplay or autorun can be easily disabled.

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noexecute DEP parameter in boot.ini

The noexecute parameter is a switch in the boot.ini file used to enable, disable, and configure Data Execution Prevention (DEP).

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DEP Data Execution Prevention

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) helps to prevent an application or service from executing code in a non-executable memory region. Data Execution Prevention DEP is a security feature available in modern Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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