Filed Under (Geekspeak) by Justin on 2005-11-04

Note to my stupid-self and other Windows Sysadmins: When making use of the “Run only allowed Windows applications” Group Policy Object, be sure you include “gpedit.msc” as one of the allowed applications. For those in the know, you already know what that means. For those who don’t, well, it just means I’m an idiot. Basically, I locked myself out of the tool needed to lock down other aspects of the machine. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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IT Help Support on 5 December, 2005 at 1:32 pm #

Oooops… well live and learn… as long as you don’t do it again. GPEDIT.msc has some great tweaks in there to protect users from themselves. Good Luck !!

Brandon on 7 July, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

I did the very same thing last week – I was able to get a bit of wiggle room by renaming .exe’s that I wanted to open to the exact name I had specified for the one “Allowed” program on the list, which meant that any .exe can potentially be allowed as long as the name matches. Still couldn’t edit any registry keys to undo my damage, but it allowed me to get the PC in shape to run tests for a clinic and print results, which is all it was needed for. Now it’s just secure as hell…even against superadmins.

Stupid llama on 6 June, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

I’ve done this. Was there a work around besides formatting?

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