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In this issue:

  • It's Issue 8...
  • -- Update !
  • Moskowitz, inc. Technology Takeaway (r)
    • Three juicy tips and tricks
  • Upcoming conferences, appearances, and classes
  • Get a signed copy of Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror
  • Subscribe, unsubscribe, and usage information

Moskowitz, inc. and -- Issue 8

Welcome to issue 8 of the Moskowitz, inc. newsletter.

Spring is here.. heck it's almost summer. And that means all sorts of good stuff is happening. As I write this, I'm at the Red Hat conference, which is pretty good, and not totally filled with Microsoft bashing. Indeed, the Red Hat folks really have a "Let's play nice" attitude with regards to Microsoft. Refreshing !

What am I doing here, at the RED HAT conference, you ask? It has to do with "Jeremy's Next Big Thing", which I'll discuss (hopefully) in the next newsletter.

In this newsletter, I've got updated class dates, some fun new tips and tricks, and more. As always, you can forward this newsletter to your friends -- but please do so in one whole piece (please don't just cut and paste). News!

We now have a working "Group Policy Solutions Guide" on The goal is give you a one-stop-shop for 3rd party tools which snap-in to Group Policy.

Just click "Third Party Solutions Guide" after you click over to to check it out! We have five sponsors (yay, sponsors!) and we also give free listings to free tools.

So, if you know of any free tools that hook into Group Policy -- let me know about it! If it's a free tool, it gets a free listing!

Again, check out the tools we have today!

Group Policy Intensive Training and Workshop

Learn more and sign up at here! (Don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of that page and locate your city!)

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Here's what's on people's minds recently...

Three juicy tips and tricks


We just had to fire one of our desktop administrators. The only problem is -- he knew the local Administrator password for all of our desktop machines. How can I change all computer's local passwords?

Answer 1

This free tool, looks very promising. It looks like it's been around a long time, but, hey -- what the heck! Give it a shot !


I'm looking for some "Plain English" definitions of events in my Event Log. Any idea where to find that?

Answer 2

Yes! My pal Randy Franklin Smith has just a resource. It's literally called "Plain English Explanations of Windows Security Log Events." Check it out! And be sure to say Hi to Randy !


I'm doing some testing as a user. But, we have restricted all sorts of things. How can I temporarily log in as a user, but strip away all GPOs?

Answer 3

Killpol to the rescue!This tool asks for credentials, then lets you kill policies (temporarily) for a logged in user. Really handy when you need it!

Upcoming Conferences, Appearances, and Classes

On (or have a neat-o calendar that I'm always updating with any public (and private) appearances.

So, check it out any time for up-to-date information!


Classes and Seminars
Not free... but worth it! Upcoming classes!

I'd love to see you in one of the two-dayGroup Policy intensive training and workshop classes.

These two-day classes get you up to speed, working with Group Policy, Security settings, ADM templates, and just about all you need to know to hit the ground running -- Fast!

Or ... if you think you might want your own in-house training of the course (with all the personalizedattention that affords), I'd love to join you on-site!If you have even a handful of in-house people interested in the training, the course pays for itself (as you don't need to ship people offsite!). I'll even travel overseas to the U.K., other parts of Europe, or Japan -- or wherever! Have passport, will travel!

Again, while the training course isn't officially _endorsed_ by Microsoft, the class does the have distinction of being a suggested avenue for intense Group Policy training by members of the Group Policy team at Microsoft.

At the MMS 2004 and TechEd 2004 conferences, Mark Williams from the Group Policy team encouraged the throngs of attendees to check out the new Group Policy book and the training!In fact, he dedicated a whole slide to the book, the training,and for each of his sessions!

Wow! Thanks again, Microsoft!

How do attendees feel about the class? Here are some of my favorite feedback comments:

  • "Fantastic Presentation !"
  • "Can't wait to go back to share the wealth !"
  • "Would recommend to other IT people in my company."
  • "I had a foot in the GPO door, and now I can hold it open."
  • "Easily the best training about AD I've had in the last 5 years !!"

And my favorite of pack is from Joey P, who works for a major retailer writes:

"If you have folks that are even going to SNIFF Active Directory, they *MUST* take this class!"

I don't really know what Joey means, but I'll take it as a compliment.

Thanks, Joey -- and to ALL my students !

For a public class, sign up online.
For a private class, just contact me at [email protected] or call me at 302-351-8408 (note the new phone number.)

Get a signed copy of Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000

We've had dozens of people order books directly from If you'd like a copy, it's easy to order, and I'll sign the book to you, free!

Please note that I'm not set up to accept credit cards directly; however, you can enjoy the security of ordering through your PayPal account (and they take credit cards, including AMEX just fine.) Thanks for understanding!

Order your signed copy today by clicking here.

Oh, and if you own the book, and want to say nice things on Amazon, please do so! That would be great. Thanks! You can do so here.

Useless Time Waster

Go here. (Don't ask.) In a nutshell, I drink a LOT of Snapple, and one of my best friends noticed. Any Java enabled web browser will do. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

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