PolicyPak Blog

UE-V 2.0 Group Policy Settings Suggestions

I recently upgraded our PolicyPak test lab with UE-V 2.0 from UE-V 1.0. To be sure, there’s really no “upgrade” process. Some snags I ran into: I figured doing an in-place upgrade from UE-V 1.0 agent to UE-V 2.0 agent would magically upgrade, remove the original UE-V 1.0 agent and keep going. Um.. Sort of…. [Read More]

How to teach Windows to make your applications run more securely using EMET

In short, EMET is the “Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit” (thanks Microsoft for all the fun names!). Basically, here’s the deal in a nutshell: Application vendors don’t always turn on enhanced security when they’re compiling their applications. Good news: You can force Windows to turn on enhanced application security — for executions themselves. Note: This does… [Read More]

Exactly HOW are you going to turn off Java NOW in your enterprise?

When the Department of Homeland security suggests that we temporarily disable Java until the dust settles (http://www.us-cert.gov/current/#us_cert_releases_oracle_java) , it’s nice to know that all PolicyPak customers have the fire extinguisher ready to rock at any time. Here’s exactly how to use PolicyPak to put out the Java fire: How to Manage the security slider in… [Read More]

How App-V Handles Group Policy And Group Policy Preferences

Understanding AppV’s interaction with Group Policy has always been a little challenging. There isn’t a lot of documentation on this, but there have been some blog entries from Microsoft. For instance, I have read, read, and re-read this Microsoft blog entry which describes how AppV does or doesn’t embrace Group Policy directives. It basically says… [Read More]

Application and Desktop Management

Today’s Plan: Do we have to fight more fires? In Greg Shields’ “5 Rules for Managing Users’ Desktops” (REDMOND Magazine, full article here) he outlines five “Laws” to ensure that IT departments (not end users) are really running the show. While we want to empower the application user to be productive, we want to ensure… [Read More]