By default, Adobe Reader DC pummels you with all kinds of offers for trial versions and cloud accounts, which can be annoying for yourself and your users. Luckily, it can be turned off through a few well-placed registry keys, as described in the Enterprise Toolkit.
Create the following key(s):HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown\cIPM
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\DC\FeatureLockDown\cIPM (for 32-bit app on 64-bit Windows)
Create these DWORD-values and set them to zero:bDontShowMsgWhenViewingDoc (DWORD) = 0
I ran into an issue where a local group policy had settings that were not accessible or editable using the conventional Local Group Policy editor (gpedit.msc), causing unwanted settings to be re-applied each time the group policy was refreshed. After a bit of searching around on the internet, I found a Powershell module with the ability to add, edit and remove individual items directly from Registry.pol policy files.
The module PolicyFileEditor can be downloaded and installed easily through Powershell:
Install-Module -Name PolicyFileEditor
As with everything from PSGallery, you need to have NuGet installed and updated.
The module comes with examples on how to use it. It can also be viewe ...
Since 2008, when a (local or domain) admin logs on a Windows Server, Server Manager is automatically started. This is often unwanted and tedious, especially with later versions, which take time to load and cannot be closed until they're done loading.
You can disable automatic startup of Server Manager through a group policy. Apply this to all your servers will prevent Server Manager from starting up, even on new servers and users logging on a server for the first time.
Create (or open an existing) group policy which gets applied to your servers.
In the policy, navigate to: Computer Configuration → Policies → Administrative Templates → System → Server Manager
For the proper application of all parts of a GPO, including the Group Policy Preferences (GPP), you need to install the right client on your client computers. You can find a list of download links below.
Windows XP: http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=3628
Windows XP x64: http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=23680
Windows 2003: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6955
Windows 2003 x64: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14171
Windows Vista: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24169
Windows Vista x64: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15198