Task Manager has become one of the tools used by almost all Windows users to do some level of administrative task. some of the common usage of task manager are to end a process, view the resource usage of the computer, check the performance of the computer etc.
I have seen many users, opening task manager by holding down Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then selecting Task Manager from the screen. Although this is one way of accessing task manager but it involves an additional step.
Another way of accessing Task Manager is through right clicking on the task bar and selecting task manager.
The most easiest way for me to is by holding down Ctrl+Shift+Esc which opens Task Manager instantly.
The below is a guide on how to use group policies in Windows Server 2008 R2 to set a default website in internet explorer and launch internet explorer every time a user logs in to the domain using his/her domain credentials.
To start off with, we will create a new Group policy object rather than editing the default domain policy.
open the Group policy management console in administrative tools or simply type GPMC.MSC in run. Right click on the domain name and select create a GPO in this domain
Give a name to the GPO and click ok
Right click the newly created GPO and click edit
The Group Policy Management Editor will open
Navigate to the following location to set the default home page URL
User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => Windows Components => Internet Explorer.
Click on the “Disable Changing the Home Page” policy
Click Enabled, type in the URL and click OK. This will set the default Home Page in IE.
To launch Internet Explorer when the user logs in to Windows, navigate to the following;
User Configuration => Policies => Administrative Templates => System => Logon.
Click on the “Run these programs at user logon”
Click on enable and click on show
Give the path to internet explorer in the show content window and click OK
As the final step, open Command Prompt in Admin mode and run gpupdate /force
Group policies in Windows are one of the most used and key tools in effectively managing a domain environment. It provides the administrator with many options, starting from to automating certain tasks to allow/deny certain options. Many administrator use group policies to standardize the operating environment within the domain.
By default in an Active Directory environment one could see two different type of group policies.
Default Domain Controllers Policy
Default Domain Policy
The default domain controllers policy is used to enforce and set policies to all the domain controllers within the domain environment. This is a way to enforce proper security as well as set the necessary options to all domain controllers within the environment. By default the, the default domain controllers policy is applied to the Domain controllers OU within the Active Directory.
The default domain policy is used to apply policies to al sort of objects under the domain. This is applicable to all objects and OU’s by default.
As a best practice, Microsoft recommends to leave both the default domain controllers policy and the default domain policy as it is and create new policies as required for the organization purpose.