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Configuring Device Group Policy Settings

2/9/2009

The following procedure shows how you can use the Group Policy Object Editor to configure Group Policy settings for managed Windows Mobile devices.

On computers that are running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, settings related to security, encryption, and device management will appear in the console tree in Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Mobile Settings. User-related settings are located in User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Mobile Settings.

To configure a Group Policy setting, locate the setting you want, and then select the options and enter the values in the dialog box. For example, on a computer running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, to set a policy that requires a minimum password length for all managed devices, edit the Minimum password length policy setting. This is located in Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Mobile Settings/Password Policies. Enable the setting, if it is not already, and then specify the password length.

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If the Windows Mobile Settings node does not appear in the Administrative Templates node, you must add the managed device settings template to the GPO. For more information, see Creating a New Group Policy Object for Devices.

A policy can be in one of three states: Enabled, Disabled, or Not Configured. Initially, the Not Configured state indicates that the policy setting does not exist on the device. After the policy setting has been configured, changing the state to Not Configured will have no effect on the device. That is, the device policy setting will remain in its most recent, state (enabled or disabled).

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console, expand Group Policy Objects and then locate the target GPO.

  2. Right-click the GPO and then select Edit.

  3. Depending on the location of the policy that you are setting, expand either Computer Configuration or User Configuration.

  4. Expand Administrative Templates/Windows Mobile Settings and then select the folder that contains the policy setting that you want to configure.

  5. In the details pane, right-click the title of the policy setting and then select Properties.

  6. In the Properties dialog box, select Enable or Disable. If you are enabling a Group Policy setting that requires a value, enter a value for that setting.

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    For information about the Group Policy setting, choose the Explain tab.
  7. Choose OK.

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