Preference? Overview Targeting Settings Things to know GPP Scenarios
By default, Group Policy Preference is NOT a preference By default, (re)set at GP refresh cycle ◦ Manual (gpupdate) ◦ Automatic
Preference Setting(s) ◦ Initial value ◦ Not enforced ◦ Not true “Policy” Not limited to policy aware applications Greatly extends number of settings ◦ Computer and User settings Using Control Panel and Windows settings New functionality for new settings ◦ Rich UI for easier administration ◦ Better (item-level) targeting Shipped with Windows Server 2008
Item-level targeting, not GPO level Robust targeting ◦ 29 types ◦ Boolean logic (And, Or, Not) ◦ Grouping Windows APIs – not WMI based Intuitive UI ◦ No need to learn query languages Powerful browsers
Control Panel SettingsWindows Settings Data Sources Devices Folder Options Internet Options Local Users and Groups Power Options Printers Scheduled Tasks Start menu Services Drive Mappings Environment Folders/Files Ini files Shares Shortcuts Registry Applications Extensible!
GPP has no dependency on Windows Server 2008 (works fine with Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2008 domains). Only dependencies are 1. GPMC (from RSAT or WS2008) is the GUI 2. GPP CSE are required on Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 GPP CSE is native included Windows Server 2008 ◦ Ours for XP pushed via WSUS
Printer Scripts Power Schemes Registry updates Drive Mappings
Targeting: User-based Computer/Server-based Security Group-based ◦ Departements ◦ Floors AD OU-based AD Site-based
Power Plans (Windows Vista and later) ◦ Set current/active Power Plan ◦ Allows custom Power Plans to be set ◦ Allows user to change active Power Plan
Group Policy TechNet page http://www.microsoft.com/technet/grouppolicy http://www.microsoft.com/technet/grouppolicy Group Policy Wiki http://grouppolicy.editme.com Group Policy Team Blog http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy Group Policy Settings Reference http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=131389 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=131389 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?Famil yID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d
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