There is a User Configurable policy in Admin Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar called Remove the Action Center Icon that is supposed to disable the Action Center Icon, and also prevent any notification bubbles from popping up. In trying to implement this we found that enabling this policy didn't actually have any effect, and the action center icon was still visiable, and we were still seeing popups.

In testing possible workarounds for this, we found the policy would be successful if we enabled Group Policy loopback mode (merge)

Can anybody explain why loopback processing mode is required for this policy setting? 

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Using this policy in my organization without loopback, no problem.

Try running a "Group Policy results" report from your console and see if the setting actually applies, or if some other GPO is taking precedence.

Answered 07/13/2012 by: Ifan
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  • Was able to confirm policy was being applied, and this is the only policy that is dealing with that configuration
  • Did you confirm that just the GPO was applied, or the actual setting?

    To eliminate the basics;
    -have you set the setting to Enabled or Disabled? It should be set to Enabled.

    -is the policy applying to the user or the computer? Sounds to me like you have linked a policy with user settngns it to a computer OU, hence it only working with loopback enabled.

    - maybe GPO preferences or some kind of software is changing the setting?
    Check if the registry setting(s) is actually changed for the target user?

    The only other setting that might be related is the "Disable security center". You can find it under Computer Configuration/System/Security Center. As a last resort, try fiddling around with it to see if it makes any difference.
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Is this machine in a domain?

Answered 07/12/2012 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • yup
  • Not positive with 2008R2 but I believe it goes: merge on it blends the two; local and domain and domain wins any ties, without merge domain overwrites local.

    Are you creating this polcy on the workstation or in the Domain ?
    • This isn't how loopback works. It's a little hard to explain, but here goes;

      Loopback overrides/merges what policies the user would normally get with all the user-settings that are applied to the computer he logs on to. This allows you to apply different user settings based on which computer the user logs on to. This is nice for terminal services, lab environments etc.

      Replace will replace all the regular policies the user would get from logging onto a workstation, with the ones defined in the loopback policy.
      Merge will merge the user settings with the regular user settings they get.
  • Thanks for correcting that
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