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Using local GPO templates in Windows Vista

One of the things I found tricky about switching to Windows Vista was setting up local GPO Settings.  I opened gpedit.msc and was intentionally trying to add a .adm file for Office Communicator 2007.  I tried everything I knew how to get the .adm file to show up in gpedit, but I couldn’t figure it out.  I tried copying the communicator.adm file to C:windowsinf and C:WindowsPolicy Files and nothing worked.  I even ran across an article on converting .adm files to .admx format for Windows Vista using the ADMX Migrator.  When I tried to convert the file, I got 126 errors and decided that this may not be the way to go.  Finally I found an article on how to add the legacy file format and get the job done.  Its actually already capable of loading the legacy .adm file locally, and here is how to do it…

1. Open gpedit.msc
2. Expand either computer configuration or user configuration
3. Right-click on the Administrative Templates folder and select “Add/remove templates”.
4. Browse for the .adm file you wish to load and select it for opening.

You now have the .adm file loaded and you can then make changes and configure the policy settings.  Also I’d suggest turning off the User Access control option (under control panel > User Accounts) so that you don’t have 500 prompts from Vista asking if you are sure you want to do stuff.  How annoying!  🙂

Web Template Goof

I learned an important lesson recently regarding WordPress plugins! READ THE DOCUMENTATION! I was installing the Alex King plugin “WordPress Mobile Edition” and even though I’ve installed this before and use it on more than one site, I completely neglected to copy over the mobile theme folder to the proper location in WP-CONTENTTHEMES. This caused my site to revert to the default WP theme each time I would hit my site from a mobile web browser. I couldn’t figure this out for a while, and finally after removing and re-installing and researching in forums, I found the answer. I had missed that stop of copying the theme folder. Once I did that, things were good and now my themes work great.

New blog design

I’ve been experimenting with new blog templates lately. I’ve been using the vistered-little theme for some time now and really like it, but its kinda bulky and with the plugins I used, it was taking too long to load my blog page. I’m using a new template now and optomized my plugin usage so the page loads faster. I narrowed down the templates to 3, and I may go back and forth now and then, but the one thats up now looks pretty good to me, I still have some customizing to do, but overall I’m happy with it.

As a note, you can click the page at the top titled “my Plug-in usage” to see a list of all my active plugins and even the inactive ones.

Website Re-design

After several years of little to no updating, I’m happy to announce that will soon be undergoing a major overhaul and will be completely re-designed. The new site will be powered by Joomla for the back-end, and completely customized on the front end with updated graphics and a new layout. A template has already been chosen and Liz and I will begin working on the new logo and graphics this weekend. I plan to integrate gallery2 into Joomla and perhaps even setup a bridge with Nucleaus so I can integrate our blogs on our individual sections as well. This will make much more accessible and easy to navigate. Much more information will be available on the main page and the user will have less clicks to deal with to get to the desired content. More announcements on this will posted as we make progress.

Website design again

Liz and I have been spending a lot of time lately working on designing a website for her MOPS group. I havn’t had this much fun working on a site in a long time. We are using Mambo as the back end and tweaking the templates and HTML/CSS to suit our needs for the site. Its going to be really cool once its finished. Liz has put her creative edge into the site, and I’ve been doing all the code modifications. I wish I could do web design for a living, its a lot of fun, but I don’t possess the skill level with it to be able to make a career out of it. No wonder there are so many webmaster!