Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop

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9780470581858: Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop

The Definitive Book on Group Policy – Updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008R2

The ultimate Group Policy guide-now updated for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2!

IT and network administrators can streamline their Windows Server management tasks by using Group Policy tools to automate or implement rules, processes, or new security across the enterprise. In this comprehensive guide, Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz thoroughly explores Group Policy across all Windows platforms, including the latest on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. If you're a Windows network administrator managing scores of users and computers, you need this essential reference on your desk.

  • Covers the fundamentals and beyond of Group Policy, a collection of tools and settings that allow administrators to manage users and computers across a Windows Server enterprise
  • Reflects the very latest Windows Server technologies: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  • Includes essential topics such as Group Policy settings, using the management console, implementing security, maintaining settings as users move from one computer to another, using Windows Steady State, and more
  • Offers expert guidance and advice from renowned Group Policy expert and Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz,
  • If you're a Windows Server network or IT administrator, make your life easier with Group Policy and this must-have guide.

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Manage Every Machine in Your Windows 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, or Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

Fully updated for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop gets you up to speed on the latest Group Policy settings and more. Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz teaches you the major categories of Group Policy, essential troubleshooting techniques, and how to manage your Windows desktops. You'll find full coverage of the updated Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), updated security techniques using Group Policy, and advanced solutions to tough desktop management problems.

Inside this book, you'll learn to:

  • Master all Group Policy functions of Windows, including Windows XP through Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Enhance your Group Policy reach with the Group Policy Preferences, ADMX files, and additional add-ons

  • Explore every feature of the GPMC to master your administration effectively

  • Troubleshoot Group Policy using tools, logs, Resource Kit utilities, registry hacks, and third-party tools

  • Manage printers, instantly recover files, and configure Internet Explorer

  • Deploy software to your desktops, set up roaming profiles, and configure Offline Files for all your Windows clients-and manage it all with Group Policy settings

  • Secure your desktops and servers with AppLocker, security templates, and the Security Configuration Wizard

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  • Script complex GPMC operations with PowerShell, including linking, backup, restore, permissions changes, and more

  • Perform a full lockdown with Windows SteadyState

  • Create a "change management" system with Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

About the Author:

Jeremy Moskowitz (Philadelphia, PA), Group Policy MVP, is the Chief Propeller-Head for Moskowitz, Inc. and GPanswers.com. He is a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, and other Windows management topics. He is one of less than a dozen Microsoft MVPs in Group Policy. He runs the GPanswers.com, ranked by ComputerWorld as a "Top 20 Resource for Microsoft IT Professionals." Jeremy frequently contributes to Microsoft TechNet Magazine, Windows IT Pro magazine and REDMOND magazine. Jeremy is a sought-after speaker at many industry conferences and, in his training workshops, helps thousands of administrators every year do more with Group Policy. Contact Jeremy by visiting GPanswers.com.

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