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Appendix B: Resources for Learning About Group Policy for Windows Vista

In This Appendix

Viewing Help for the Group Policy Management Console

Using GPMC to View or Change Settings

Additional References

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The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) unifies the management of all aspects of Group Policy. Using GPMC, you can manage Group Policy objects (GPOs), Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) filters, and permissions on your network. GPMC is included in Windows Vista, that is, you do not need to download it.

Viewing Help for the Group Policy Management Console

The following procedure tells how to view Help for GPMC in Windows Vista.

To View Help for GPMC in Windows Vista

  1. Log on to a computer running Windows Vista:
    • If you only want to view Help for GPMC, log on with a user account.
    • If you want to view Help but also want to view or change Group Policy settings for Windows Vista, log on using an account with membership in Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins, or an equivalent administrator group.
  2. To open GPMC (which is included in Windows Vista), click Start, and in the Search box type:
    gpmc.msc
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  4. After GPMC opens, press F1.

Using GPMC to View or Change Settings

Some settings in Group Policy were added in Windows Vista, some existed previously and continue to work for Windows Vista, and some settings that you see in Group Policy in Windows Vista have an effect on previous operating systems but not on Windows Vista. To change settings that were added in Windows Vista, you must start GPMC on a computer running Windows Vista. As a best practice, once you begin using GPMC on a computer running Windows Vista, continue using GPMC in Windows Vista for all changes to Group Policy settings. Do not return to running a Group Policy interface on an operating system earlier than Windows Vista.

The following procedure provides details about viewing or changing Group Policy settings that were added in Windows Vista.

To View or Change Group Policy Settings that Were Added in Windows Vista

  1. Using an account with membership in Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins, or an equivalent group, log on to a computer running Windows Vista.
  2. To open GPMC (which is included in Windows Vista), click Start, and in the Search box type:
    gpmc.msc
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
  4. As needed, expand the console tree until you can see the domain or organizational unit (OU) for which you want to view or change settings.
  5. Under the domain or OU, right-click Group Policy Objects.
  6. Edit an appropriate Group Policy object (GPO), or create a new GPO and then edit it.
    For information about how to create or edit a GPO, in Group Policy Management, press F1, and then search Help for an appropriate phrase, such as create GPO or edit GPO.
  7. View or change settings as appropriate.
    Note   We recommend that when viewing an individual setting, you click the Extended tab and view the Requirements (operating system requirements) listed for the setting.

Additional References

To learn about using Group Policy and the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), see the following resources.

To learn about Group Policy settings that can be used with Windows Vista, see the following resources.

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