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Mastering Windows Group Policy

By : Jordan Krause
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Mastering Windows Group Policy

By: Jordan Krause

Overview of this book

This book begins with a discussion of the core material any administrator needs to know in order to start working with Group Policy. Moving on, we will also walk through the process of building a lab environment to start testing Group Policy today. Next we will explore the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and start using the powerful features available for us within that interface. Once you are well versed with using GPMC, you will learn to perform and manage the traditional core tasks inside Group Policy. Included in the book are many examples and walk-throughs of the different filtering options available for the application of Group Policy settings, as this is the real power that Group Policy holds within your network. You will also learn how you can use Group Policy to secure your Active Directory environment, and also understand how Group Policy preferences are different than policies, with the help of real-world examples. Finally we will spend some time on maintenance and troubleshooting common Group Policy-related issues so that you, as a directory administrator, will understand the diagnosing process for policy settings. By the end of the book, you will be able to jump right in and use Group Policy to its full potential.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Group Policy Preferences

Usually, when a company is utilizing Group Policy as a piece of the overall security puzzle for their network, we most often look to Policies in order to fulfill our needs. As you now know, policies enforced by Group Policy are set by the administrator, and remain set no matter how hard the end user attempts to reverse those policies. On the other hand, sometimes what we really want is not necessarily a strict enforcement of particular settings, but a configuration applied to users or computers in order to make the workday more friendly and efficient for those employees. This is where we begin to move over to the Group Policy Preferences side of the house, which is the topic we are here to discuss.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • How is a preference different from a policy setting?
  • Create, Replace, Update, or Delete
  • Green and red...