Tagged: GPP

Default Powershell Execution Policy

You can use a GPO to set the ExecutionPolicy to a static value on all machines.

But what if you want to default it to something and then let the users have the ability to change it?

Group Policy Preferences is the easy answer.

Create a GPO targeting your machines and then create a entry under Computer Configuration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Registry that looks like this:


The paths are:
Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PowerShell\1\ShellIds\Microsoft.PowerShell
Value Name: ExecutionPolicy
ValueData: RemoteSigned

With this setup a machine that doesn’t have any specific exec policy (then the reg key doesn’t exist) setup will get RemoteSigned.
(Another way is to do this with a startup script for the computer)

Win7 Themes and Screensaver

If you want to enforce users to use a specific screensaver you can do most of it via standard group policies. But if you run Windows 7 and a user changes the current theme… the screensaver will be blank until the next group policy refresh.
This is due to that the default .theme-files have no screensaver defined.

With Group Policy Preferences you can change this…

First we need to change the current ACL on the themes directories since SYSTEM cant write there.

Edit or create a Group Policy.
Browse to Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security Settings – File System
Right Click and select Add File… then write %SystemRoot%\Resources\Themes in the Folder-box.
Set the security rights as you want them, but remember to give SYSTEM the rights to Modify.
In the dialog “Add Object” that pops up when you press OK, select Replace existing permissions on all suboflders and files with inheritable permissions, this option is not selected as a default.
Repeat that for %SystemRoot%\Resources\Ease of Access Themes directory.

Then browse to Computer Configuration – Preferences – Windows Settings – Ini Files
Right Click and select New – Ini File
Give the following options:

(I would recommend that you set a item level targeting to check that the file exist)

Now to the boring part, repeat that for all Theme-files in the directories %SystemRoot%\Resources\Themes and %SystemRoot%\Resources\Ease of Access Themes

If there is something else you want to change you can find loads of options for themes in this reference http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb773190%28v=vs.85%29.aspx