Windows Group Policy Resource Kit: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista


Get the in-depth information you need to use Group Policy to administer Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista—direct from a leading Group Policy MVP 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 2008, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server, to workstations running Windows Vista, ...

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Get the in-depth information you need to use Group Policy to administer Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista—direct from a leading Group Policy MVP 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 2008, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server, to workstations running Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000 Professional. This essential resource provides in-depth technical information and expert insights for simplifying and automating 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, job aids, and more. It’s everything you need to help increase your efficiency while bolstering user productivity, security services, and system reliability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735625143
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Resource Kit Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 950,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Melber, MCSE, CISM, is a leading expert and trainer on Windows Server Active Directory, Security, and Group Policy. Derek is a contributing editor to Redmond Magazine, RIAG Journal, and IT Audit newsletter. He is a frequent speaker at TechMentor, MISTI, and other conferences, and has conducted training and development events for numerous Fortune 500 clients.

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Table of Contents

List of Reviewers from the Group Policy Team;
Overview of the Book;
Document Conventions;
Companion CD;
Resource Kit Support Policy;
Introducing Group Policy;
Chapter 1: Why Group Policy?;
1.1 The Past, Present, and Future of Group Policy;
1.2 Benefits of Group Policy;
1.3 Summary;
1.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 2: What’s New in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008;
2.1 Remember When;
2.2 New and Now;
2.3 Summary;
2.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 3: Group Policy Basics;
3.1 Group Policy Defined;
3.2 Structural Overview of a GPO;
3.3 Local GPOs;
3.4 GPOs in Active Directory;
3.5 Default GPOs;
3.6 Creating Additional GPOs;
3.7 Summary;
3.8 Additional Resources;
Group Policy Structure;
Chapter 4: Architecture of Group Policy;
4.1 Group Policy Dependencies;
4.2 New Group Policy Service;
4.3 Domain Controller Selection During GPO Management;
4.4 Architectural Parts of a GPO;
4.5 GPO Replication;
4.6 Client-Side Extensions;
4.7 Summary;
4.8 Additional Resources;
Chapter 5: Group Policy Processing;
5.1 Scope of Management;
5.2 Group Policy Processing;
5.3 Group Policy Processing Events;
5.4 Using GPUpdate;
5.5 Version Checking During Updates;
5.6 NLA Refresh in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008;
5.7 Altering Default GPO Processing and Inheritance;
5.8 Summary;
5.9 Additional Resources;
Administering Group Policy;
Chapter 6: Using the GPMC;
6.1 Getting Around in the GPMC;
6.2 Administering GPOs;
6.3 Summary;
6.4 Additional Resources;
Chapter 7: Advanced GPMC Management;
7.1 Working with GPOs;
7.2 Migrating GPOs;
7.3 Migration Tables;
7.4 Summary;
7.5 Additional Resources;
Chapter 8: Controlling GPOs with Scripts and Automation;
8.1 GPMC Scripts;
8.2 VBScript Scripting;
8.3 Windows PowerShell;
8.4 Summary;
8.5 Additional Resources;
Implementing Security;
Chapter 9: Security Delegation for Administration of GPOs;
9.1 Default Security Environment;
9.2 Group Policy Management Console Delegation;
9.3 Advanced Group Policy Management Delegation;
9.4 Best Practices;
9.5 Summary;
9.6 Additional Resources;
Using Registry-Based Policy Settings;
Chapter 10: ADM Templates, ADMX Files, and the ADMX Central Store;
10.1 Administrative (.adm) Templates;
10.2 ADMX Files;
10.3 Default ADMX Files;
10.4 Using Both .adm Templates and ADMX Files;
10.5 Migrating .adm Templates to ADMX Files;
10.6 Creating and Using the ADMX Central Store;
10.7 Summary;
10.8 Additional Resources;
Chapter 11: Customizing ADM Templates and ADMX Files;
11.1 Creating Custom .adm Templates;
11.2 Using .adm Template Language;
11.3 Best Practices for .adm Templates;
11.4 Creating Custom ADMX and ADML Files;
11.5 Summary;
11.6 Additional Resources;
Group Policy Settings;
Chapter 12: Group Policy Preferences;
12.1 Benefits of Group Policy Preferences;
12.2 Preferences vs. Policies;
12.3 Management and Support of Group Policy Preferences;
12.4 Group Policy Preferences Settings;
12.5 Advanced Group Policy Preferences Settings;
12.6 Process Variables;
12.7 Group Policy Preferences in Settings Reports;
12.8 Software Development Kit for Group Policy Preferences;
12.9 Summary;
12.10 Additional Resources;
Chapter 13: Settings Breakdown for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista;
13.1 Overall GPO Structure;
13.2 Policies;
13.3 Preferences;
13.4 Summary;
13.5 Additional Resources;
Advanced Topics;
Chapter 14: Advanced Group Policy Management;
14.1 Architecture of AGPM;
14.2 Offline Editing of GPOs;
14.3 Change Management;
14.4 Workflow;
14.5 Rolling Back and Rolling Forward;
14.6 Reporting;
14.7 Using Templates;
14.8 Recycle Bin;
14.9 Restoring GPOs and GPO Links;
14.10 Summary;
14.11 Additional Resources;
Chapter 15: Troubleshooting GPOs;
15.1 Group Policy Troubleshooting Essentials;
15.2 Using Event Logging for Troubleshooting;
15.3 Common GPO Troubleshooting Tools;
15.4 Summary;
15.5 Additional Resources;
Third-Party Group Policy Tools;
BeyondTrust: Privilege Manager;
FullArmor: Workflow Studio;
Moskowitz, Inc.;
Quest Software: Group Policy Manager;
SDM Software;
Special Operations Software;
Additional Resources;
Additional Resources;
Group Policy Wiki;
Microsoft Group Policy Web Site;
Windows Server 2003 Web Site;
Microsoft Group Policy Team Blog;
Group Policy Webcast Web Site;
Group Policy Script Repository;
Microsoft TechNet;;;;;
About the Author;
System Requirements;
Windows Server 2008—Resources for Administrators;
Additional Resources for IT Professionals;
Windows Server 2008 Resource Kit—Your Definitive Resource!;
Also available as single volumes;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2008

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    Well I was referred to this book and I am glad that I was. There are a TON of new features to the GPO's in W2K8 and Vista and this book goes over them. It's written in a way that explains the new features and then expands into them, very good index and a format that is easy to find what your looking for as it's laid out like the GPO's are. For instance, if your looking for Group Policy Preferences, and you open the book you can easily turn to the section headers and find it, or turn to the Table of contents, or turn to the index. But for me, I tend to be a flipper, I look at the page headers and flip till I get close. Additionally the book is written in the style where the author talks to you, person to person style, for instance, 'You can control the settings as if you were controlling the computer itself' Page 319, Group Policy Preferences. I have had the book for 3 days now and I have it booked marked with several yellow stickies and many page references memorized. Lastly I'd say this book is a much needed companion to the Windows Server 2008 Administrator Companion or the Configuring Windows Server 2008 Book. Best $$ I have spent on a Book this year.

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