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Group Policy: Automating Group Policy Management with Windows PowerShell
Darren Mar-Elia - June 2009
Group Policy is used in almost every environment and relied on by many to secure and their Windows environment. Surprisingly few have introduced automation into the process, however. This article explains how to take advantage of the GPMC APIs and Windows PowerShell to automate management of Group Policy in your organization.
Windows Administration: Expanded Control with Group Policy Preferences
Derek Melber - January 2009
The new Group Policy Preferences feature found in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista provides more than 3,000 settings, greatly expanding what administrators can do with Group Policy. Here’s a guide to using Group Policy Preferences to manage your environment.
Sustainable Computing: Conserving Energy with Group Policy
Mark Aggar, Pat Stemen, and Michael Walsh - May 2008
Enforcing a power management strategy on the systems throughout your entire organization can add up to substantial savings. And Windows Vista includes 35 power management settings that you can configure and enforce with Group Policy. Here is some guidance for configuring some of the more common settings.
Utility Spotlight: ADMX Migrator
Lance Whitney - February 2008
With Windows Vista, the format for Group Policy templates has changed to an XML-based structure. The ADMX Migrator utility can convert your legacy ADM files into the new ADMX format, as well as help you easily create your own custom ADMX files.
Group Policy: Inside ADM and ADMX Templates for Group Policy
Jeremy Moskowitz - January 2008
ADM files are both necessary and often confusing. Don't let this slow your Group Policy efforts. This guided tour will help you better understand what's inside ADM files and the new ADMX format, which tools you can use to handle them, and how you can make the best use of these files.
Group Policy: Optimizing Group Policy Performance
Darren Mar-Elia - January 2008
All Group Policy is not the same, and knowing the differences between types can help you fine-tune performance on your systems. Explore monolithic and functional GPs, learn how to process Group Policy, and find out what happens when Group Policy changes occur.
Group Policy: Dive into Advanced Group Policy Management
Derek Melber - January 2008
AGPM, or Advanced Group Policy Management, is a handy tool that lets you work with Group Policy Objects in ways that other tools don't. And it's now available to members of the Microsoft Software Assurance program. Check out how you can use AGPM to edit GPOs offline, delegate administration, track changes, and more.
Security: Managing Hardware Restrictions via Group Policy
Jeremy Moskowitz - June 2007
USB thumb-disk keys and other removable devices can make your personal life easier but your professional life harder. For improved security, you need a way to control what hardware devices your users are installing on their work systems. Now you can use Group Policy to control which devices they can use and which ones they can’t.
Windows Administration: Simplify Group Policy Administration with Windows PowerShell
Thorbjörn Sjövold - May 2007
Windows PowerShell is set to make your job significantly easier. See how GPMC APIs written for Windows Scripting Host languages can be consumed directly from Windows PowerShell, greatly simplifying the way you manage Group Policy.
Windows Administration: Dig into New Group Policy Templates in Windows Vista
Darren Mar-Elia - February 2007
Windows Vista introduces significant changes to Group Policy templates. Find out everything you need to know about the new format, called ADMX, and how these changes will improve the administration of system configurations.
Windows Administration: Your Guide to Group Policy Troubleshooting
Derek Melber - February 2007
Getting to the bottom of Group Policy issues can be a difficult process, but understanding how Group Policy works, and where problems can arise, makes things easier. This overview will help you troubleshoot Group Policy issues like a guru.
Utility Spotlight: Group Policy Inventory
Greg Steen - February 2007
Windows Vista: More Powerful Group Policy in Windows Vista
Jeremy Moskowitz - November 2006
The Group Policy infrastructure has been overhauled, delivering new management features, new policy settings, support for multiple local GPOs, and much more. This article looks under the hood at the many changes Windows Vista brings to Group Policy.
Windows Administration: Manage Printers with New Group Policy Features in Windows Server 2003 R2
Jeremy Moskowitz - August 2006
Security: Group Policy: Ins And Outs Of Delegation And Control
Jeremy Moskowitz - May • June 2006
Windows Administration: Secure Your Desktops With The New Group Policy Settings In SP2
Jeremy Moskowitz - Spring 2005
Group Policy lets you control who can access resources across your network and what types of actions users can perform based on their roles. New settings in Windows XP SP2 offer even tighter control so you can regulate more and worry less.