I already pre-set my settings into my applications’ MSI and/or the settings within gold images.

Here are the two issues when you pre-bake settings into applications and images: Issue 1: Different teams need different settings When you “pre-bake” settings into your application, everyone gets those initial settings. And that’s the problem: those settings must be perfect to everyone, or, you then have to deal with it later, manually. If you […]

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We have everyone set up as “Standard User”; no users have Admin Rights.

Go ahead and run WinZip, Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, Chrome or just about any other desktop application as a standard user (that is, with no admin rights.) And, as that standard user can they go to “Tools | Options” or “Edit | Preferences” and manipulate the settings that are on the machine? With PolicyPak working […]

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I can handle everything with what’s in the box from Group Policy / Group Policy Preferences.

Group Policy is made up of 39 categories of “functions” called CSEs or “Client Side Extensions.” You know them and love them: areas like Admin Templates, Software Deployment, Security Settings, Firewall Settings, Folder Redirection, the Group Policy Preferences (which are 21 categories by themselves.) And lots more. These functions are why you love Group Policy. […]

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I don’t want to load PolicyPak’s “moving part / CSE” on every client machine – another thing to manage!

PolicyPak is a true Group Policy extension, and not an agent. It is true that you do need to have our “client piece” installed on all machines you want to manage using PolicyPak. However, the PolicyPak moving part is not an “agent.” It’s a “Client Side Extension”, just like the other 39 in-the-box Client Side […]

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I can just make my own ADM or ADMX files to manage my applications.

ADMX files are great for applications that have them. But there are three main challenges with ADM and ADMX files. Let’s make sure you understand exactly what they are. Challenge 1: Not every application uses (or can ever use) ADM or ADMX files Do you use Java, Flash, Firefox, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Autocad or FileZilla? Sure […]

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I can use Group Policy Preferences for that!

GPPreferences does a great job with delivering drive maps, shortcuts, printers and more. But when it comes to managing applications themselves, the GPPrefs Registry extension doesn’t go far enough. Here’s a handful of problems if you try to use the GPPrefs Registry extension to manage applications: It cannot deliver settings to non-registry based applications (Java, […]

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I use SCCM, which can deploy software and has DCM capabilities.

SCCM is great at deploying applications themselves. But it doesn’t really do such a hot job to manage applications’ settings. We have a whitepaper specifically designed to express the truths of SCCM – what it does great, and where it needs a boost. Please download the free paper here: https://www.policypak.com/solutions/why-sccm-admins-need-policypak.html In summary though: PolicyPak and […]

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