Everything Group Policy

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Everything Group Policy

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Everything Group Policy allows you to manage and lock settings in Everything 1.5.

All settings can be managed and locked.



Download ADM and ADMX administrative templates
voidtools-Everything-Group-Policy.zip



Recommended policies

Set the following policies to enabled:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\General\Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\Volumes
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\Folders\Folders
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\File Lists\File Lists
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\Network Indexes\Network Indexes
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\Properties\Properties

Set the following policies to disabled:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Allow administrator options
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Allow check for updates
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Indexes\Content\Index file content
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\voidtools\Everything\Plugins\Enable Plugins



Policies

Computer Configuration policies will override User Configuration policies.



Allow administrator options

Disable to prevent users from changing options that require administrative privileges.
This will prevent the user from changing any installation options.



Allow check for updates

Disable to prevent users from checking for updates.



Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything

Enable to store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything.
If not configured, Everything might try to store settings and data in the same location as Everything.exe



Volumes

Enable to specify which volumes are included in the Everything index.

Volumes can be FAT volumes, NTFS volumes, ReFS volumes and network drives.

Set to a semicolon delimited list of volume paths.
For example:
c:;d:;h:;j:

-or-

Set to a JSON array of volume objects:

[{"type":"NTFS","path":"C:"},{"type":"FAT","path":"d:"},{"type":"remote","path":"h:","monitor":0},{"type":"remote","path":"j:"}]

Leave empty to prevent users from indexing volumes.

Users can still add/remove folders, file lists and network indexes.
Consider creating a policy for folders, filelists and network indexes.

Setting volumes will override NTFS volumes, ReFS volumes, FAT volumes and Network drives.



Folders

Enable to specify which folders are included in the Everything index.

Set to a semicolon delimited list of folder paths.
For example:
\\server\share;Control Panel\All Control Panel Items

-or-

Set to a JSON array of folder objects:

[{"path":"\\\\server\\share"},{"path":"Control Panel\\All Control Panel Items","subfolders":0}]

Leave empty to prevent users from indexing additional folders.



File Lists

Enable to specify which file lists are included in the Everything index.

Set to a semicolon delimited list of file list filenames.
For example:
C:\file lists\my file list.efu;C:\file lists\my other list.efu

-or-

Set to a JSON array of file list objects:

[{"path":"C:\\file lists\\my file list.efu"},{"path":"C:\\file lists\\my other list.efu","monitor":0}]

Leave empty to prevent users from indexing file lists.



Network Indexes

Enable to specify which network indexes are included in the Everything index.

Set to a semicolon delimited list of network index hosts.
For example:
server;username2:password2@server2:14630

-or-

Set to a JSON array of network index objects:

[{"host":"server"},{"host":"server2:14630","monitor":0,"username":"username2","password":"password2"}]

Leave empty to prevent users from indexing network indexes.



Properties

Enable to specify which properties are included in the Everything index.

Set to a semicolon delimited list of property canonical names.
For example:
width;height;length

-or-

Set to a JSON array of property objects:

[{"name":"width"},{"name":"height"},{"name":"length","include-only-files":"*.mp3"}]

Leave empty to prevent users from indexing properties.



Index file content

Disable to prevent users from indexing file content.



Enable plugins

Disable to prevent users from downloading and running plugins.



Policy.ini

To manually lock a setting without a domain controller or without modifying your registry:
Create a Policy.ini in the same location as your Everything.exe

Please make sure there is an [Everything] section at the top of the ini file.

For example, to lock the Everything window to position 100,100:

Code: Select all

[Everything]
window_x=100
window_y=100


Local Policies without a Domain Controller

If you would like to set the policies for a single local computer:
  • From the Start menu, search for: gpedit.msc
  • Right click gpedit.msc and click Run as administrator.
  • In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to:
    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates
  • Right click Administrative Templates and click Add/Remove Templates.
  • Click Add....
  • Select your voidtools-Everything.adm and click Open.
  • Click Close.
  • Navigate to:
    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Classic Administrative Templates (ADM)\voidtools\Everything
  • Enable or disable any of the desired policies.
  • Restart Everything (Everything -> File -> Exit).


Manual policies

To manually lock a setting without using the ADM/ADMX administrative templates:
Create the setting (using the ini setting name) under:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\voidtools\Everything

For example, to lock the Everything window to position 100,100:
  • In the Windows Registry, navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\voidtools\Everything
    (create this key if it doesn't exist)
  • Create the following DWORD value:
    window_x
  • Set the value to:
    100
  • Create the following DWORD value:
    window_y
  • Set the value to:
    100


View applied policies

To view which policies have been applied:
  • In Everything, from the Help menu, click Troubleshooting Information.
  • Policies are shown at the top:

    Code: Select all

    Everything 1.5.0.1327a (x64) DEBUG
    Windows NT 10.0 (x64)
    Processors: 16
    IsAdmin: 0
    Service: 6
    CmdLine: "C:\Program Files\Everything 1.5a\Everything64.exe"
    Policy: allow_admin_options=0
    


View changed settings

To view which settings have been changed:
  • In Everything, from the Help menu, click Troubleshooting Information.

    Code: Select all

    Everything 1.5.0.1327a (x64) DEBUG
    Windows NT 10.0 (x64)
    Processors: 16
    IsAdmin: 0
    Service: 6
    CmdLine: "C:\Program Files\Everything 1.5a\Everything64.exe"
    Config: network_indexes=[{"host":"server","username":"my username","password":"********"}]
    
    The listed changed settings might be helpful for setting up policies.
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Re: Everything Group Policy

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Added ADM/ADMX administrative templates.
voidtools-Everything-Group-Policy.zip
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Re: Everything Group Policy

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Everything 1.5.0.1328a adds support for more home settings.

Everything 1.5.0.1328a adds support for username:password@host:port syntax to network indexes.

ADM/ADMX administrative templates updated to include policies for the new home settings.
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Re: Everything Group Policy

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Everything 1.5.0.1341a will now use snake_case for virtual ini options.
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Re: Everything Group Policy

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Added Advanced\Allow advanced settings GPO
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Re: Everything Group Policy

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Added Open searches in tabs policy.
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