Group Policy Caching

How things work: Group Policy Caching

The release of Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 introduced a new Group Policy concept called Group Policy Caching. Its purpose is to reduce the time it takes to perform certain scenarios for synchronous foreground Group Policy refresh. Here’s... Read More

The data present in the reparse buffer is invalid 0x80071128

A number of Specops Deploy App and Specops Inventory customers have recently reported the following error: Exception: System.IO.IOException The data present in the reparse point buffer is invalid. We believe this is a general Microsoft group policy related issue,... Read More

Are my computers patched against Meltdown and Spectre?

Following the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, we have had a number of enquiries from customers about tools that can identify affected machines in their environment. Microsoft has prepared a PowerShell script that can run on individual... Read More

How to deploy BitLocker with Specops Deploy

If you need to protect your organizational data through drive encryption, chances are, you’ll need BitLocker deployment. This was the case for a Specops Deploy customer that wanted to enable BitLocker on new Windows 10 machines. In this blog... Read More

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ADUC Menu Extensions in Specops Products

A user in Active Directory may be affected by a Group Policy extended with Specops settings. Many Specops products add an extension to the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) console. Right-clicking on a user object will display new... Read More

Removing DHCP options 66 and 67 for WDS PXE booting

When our Specops Deploy customers run into errors during PXE boot, the likely culprit is often DHCP scope options 66 and 67. Aside from Microsoft not supporting the use of the aforementioned options to redirect PXE clients, it can... Read More