Microsoft Windows Group Policy Guide

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Get the in-depth information you need to use Group Policy to administer your enterprise system—direct from industry experts and the Microsoft Group Policy team. With Group Policy and Active Directory directory service, administrators can take advantage of policy-based management to streamline the administration of users and computers throughout the enterprise—from servers running Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server to workstations running Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional. This essential...

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Overview

Get the in-depth information you need to use Group Policy to administer your enterprise system—direct from industry experts and the Microsoft Group Policy team. With Group Policy and Active Directory directory service, administrators can take advantage of policy-based management to streamline the administration of users and computers throughout the enterprise—from servers running Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server to workstations running Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional. This essential resource explains how to simplify and automate administrative tasks, including policy enforcement, system updates, and software installations, as well as how to centralize the management of network resources. The CD provides essential utilities, custom ADMs, GPO spreadsheets, and more. It’s everything you need to help increase your efficiency while bolstering user productivity, security services, and system reliability.

For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735622173
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • Series: Pro-One-Offs Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Mar-Elia is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Server-Group Policy and the chief technology officer for Windows Management at Quest Software. He is a contributing editor to Windows IT Pro magazine and has written or contributed to more than 10 books on Windows management technologies.

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Table of Contents

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About the Authors;
Foreword;
Introduction;
About This Book;
Document Conventions;
Companion CD;
Support Policy;
System Requirements;
Part I: Getting Started with Group Policy;
Chapter 1: Overview of Group Policy;
Understanding Group Policy;
Using and Implementing Group Policy;
Getting Started with Group Policy;
Understanding the Required Infrastructure for Group Policy;
Examining GPO Links and Default GPOs;
Summary;
Chapter 2: Working with Group Policy;
Navigating Group Policy Objects and Settings;
Managing Group Policy Objects;
Creating and Linking GPOs;
Delegating Privileges for Group Policy Management;
Removing Links and Deleting GPOs;
Summary;
Chapter 3: Advanced Group Policy Management;
Searching and Filtering Group Policy;
Managing Group Policy Inheritance;
Managing Group Policy Processing and Refresh;
Modeling and Maintaining Group Policy;
Determining the Effective Group Policy Settings and Last Refresh;
Summary;
Part II: Group Policy Implementation and Scenarios;
Chapter 4: Deploying Group Policy;
Group Policy Design Considerations;
Controlling GPO Processing Performance;
Best Practices for Deploying GPOs;
Testing GPOs Before Deployment;
Summary;
Chapter 5: Hardening Clients and Servers;
Understanding Security Templates;
Deploying Security Templates;
General Hardening Techniques;
Server Hardening;
Client Hardening;
Troubleshooting;
Summary;
Chapter 6: Managing and Maintaining Essential Windows Components;
Configuring Application Compatibility Settings;
Configuring Attachment Manager Settings;
Configuring Event Viewer Information Requests;
Controlling IIS Installation;
Configuring Access to and Use of Microsoft Management Console;
Optimizing NetMeeting Security and Features;
Enabling Security Center for Use in Domains;
Managing Access to Scheduled Tasks and Task Scheduler;
Managing File System, Drive, and Windows Explorer Access Options;
Optimizing the Windows Installer Configuration;
Optimizing Automatic Updates with Windows Update;
Summary;
Chapter 7: Managing User Settings and Data;
Understanding User Profiles and Group Policy;
Configuring Roaming Profiles;
Optimizing User Profile Configurations;
Redirecting User Profile Folders and Data;
Managing Computer and User Scripts;
Summary;
Chapter 8: Maintaining Internet Explorer Configurations;
Customizing the Internet Explorer Interface;
Customizing URLs, Favorites, and Links;
Configuring Global Default Programs;
Optimizing Connection and Proxy Settings;
Enhancing Internet Explorer Security;
Configuring Additional Policies for Internet Options;
Summary;
Chapter 9: Deploying and Maintaining Software Through Group Policy;
Understanding Group Policy Software Installation;
Planning the Software Deployment;
Deploying Software Through Group Policy;
Configuring Advanced and Global Software Installation Options;
Deploying Microsoft Office and Service Packs;
Maintaining Deployed Applications;
Summary;
Chapter 10: Managing Microsoft Office Configurations;
Introducing Office Configuration Management;
Customizing Office Configurations;
Managing Office-Related Policy;
Summary;
Chapter 11: Maintaining Secure Network Communications;
Understanding IPSec Policy;
Managing and Maintaining IPSec Policy;
Deploying Public Key Policies;
Understanding Windows Firewall Policy;
Managing Windows Firewall Policy;
Summary;
Chapter 12: Creating Custom Environments;
Loopback Processing;
Terminal Services;
Group Policy over Slow Links;
Summary;
Part III: Group Policy Customization;
Chapter 13: Group Policy Structure and Processing;
Navigating Group Policy Logical Structure;
Navigating Group Policy Physical Structure;
Navigating Group Policy Link Structure;
Understanding Group Policy Processing;
Navigating Local GPO Structure;
Summary;
Chapter 14: Customizing Administrative Templates;
What Is an Administrative Template?;
Creating Custom .adm Files;
A Simple .adm File;
Using .adm File Language;
Best Practices;
Summary;
Chapter 15: Security Templates;
Understanding the Security Template Structure;
Where Security Template Settings Overlap with GPO Settings;
Working with Security Templates;
Customizing Security Templates;
Customizing Security Options;
Customizing Services in the Security Templates;
Microsoft Solutions for Security Settings;
Summary;
Part IV: Group Policy Troubleshooting;
Chapter 16: Troubleshooting Group Policy;
Group Policy Troubleshooting Essentials;
Essential Troubleshooting Tools;
Group Policy Logging;
Summary;
Chapter 17: Resolving Common Group Policy Problems;
Solving GPO Administration Problems;
Group Policy Settings Are Not Being Applied Due to Infrastructure Problems;
Solving Implementation Problems;
Summary;
Part V: Appendixes;
Appendix A: Group Policy Reference;
Computer Configuration Reference;
User Configuration Reference;
Appendix B: New Features in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1;
Adprep;
Administrative Tools;
Internet Explorer Feature Control Settings;
Internet Explorer URL Action Security Settings;
Resultant Set of Policy;
Post-Setup Security Updates;
Security Configuration Wizard;
Windows Firewall;
Appendix C: GPMC Scripting;
GPMC Scripting Interface Essentials;
Using the GPMC’s Prebuilt Scripts;
Appendix D: Office 2003 Administrative Template Highlights;
Microsoft Access 2003;
Microsoft Excel 2003;
Microsoft FrontPage 2003;
Microsoft Clip Organizer 2003;
Microsoft InfoPath 2003;
Microsoft Office 2003;
Microsoft OneNote 2003;
Microsoft Outlook 2003;
Microsoft PowerPoint 2003;
Microsoft Project 2003;
Microsoft Publisher 2003;
Microsoft Visio 2003;
Microsoft Word 2003;
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