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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)

To get the most out of this book

Being familiar with the Microsoft Windows operating systems will put you a step ahead when reading this book. We will be interacting with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10, but Group Policy has been included with the Windows Server operating system for many years. You do not have to be running the latest and greatest operating systems in order to follow along with this book, though you will learn why it is always best to be using the newest versions of Windows when interacting with the Group Policy management tools.

If you have access to a Windows Server 2008 or newer system, you should be able to easily follow along with everything that we are doing in this book. If you've never seen Windows Server before, it is available as a trial download from Microsoft's website. You'll need a place to install this operating system though, which means you will need either a piece of hardware capable of running Windows Server, or access to a virtualized infrastructure, such as Hyper-V or VMware, in order to spin up a new virtual server.

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Conventions used

There are a number of text conventions used throughout this book.

CodeInText: Indicates code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles. Here is an example: "Or you can also type MMC from a command prompt or PowerShell prompt and open it that way as well."

Any command-line input or output is written as follows:

Invoke-GPUpdate -Computer LAPTOP2

Bold: Indicates a new term, an important word, or words that you see on screen. For example, words in menus or dialog boxes appear in the text like this. Here is an example: "Probably the easiest and quickest way to open a PowerShell window is to right-click on the Start button, which invokes the quick admin menu."

Warnings or important notes appear like this.
Tips and tricks appear like this.