Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 21, 2012 - Computers - 912 pages

The Ultimate Book on Group Policy

Freshly updated to include Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop, Second Edition is the book for learning everything you need to know about Group Policy, no matter which version of Windows you use. Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz covers it all—major Group Policy categories, what Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 bring to the table, and smart ways to tackle tough desktop management problems. Topics include troubleshooting, security, scripting, using Windows PowerShell when necessary, and much more.

Inside this book, you'll learn to:

  • Master all Group Policy functions of Windows, including Windows XP through Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2012
  • Enhance your Group Policy reach with the Group Policy Preferences, ADMX files, and additional add-ons
  • Use every feature of the GPMC and become a top-notch administrator
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy using tools, logs, Resource Kit utilities, Registry hacks, and third-party tools
  • Manage printers, restrict hardware, 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, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, and the Security Configuration Manager

Download bonus chapters and:

  • Script complex GPMC operations with PowerShell, including linking, backup, restore, permissions changes, and more
  • Create a "change management" system with Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM v4)
  • Understand Windows Intune service and its relationship to Group Policy

Coverage Includes:
Updated GPMC
New Windows 8 GPMC Features
ADMX/ADML Files
Group Policy Preferences
Item-Level Targeting
The Central Store
AppLocker
Fine-Grained Password Policy
Offline Files Updates
Inheritance Blocking
Prioritization
Linking
Loopback Policy Processing
Security Policy Processing
Enforcing
WMI Filters
Third-Party Tools
Cross-Forest Trusts
Filters
Commenting
Searching
Advanced Logging and Troubleshooting
Advanced Auditing Controls
Group Policy and VDI
Security Configuration Manager
Windows Intune

 

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Contents

Users Can Manually Change or Remove Applications
729
MSI the Windows Installer and Group Policy
735
Deploying Office 2010 and Office 2013 Using Group Policy
741
Systems Center Configuration Manager vs Group Policy
753
Managing Internet Explorer with Group Policy
762
Restricting Access to Hardware via Group Policy
768
Assigning Printers via Group Policy
780
Final Thoughts for This Chapter and for the Book
789
Appendix A Group Policy and VDI
791
Appendix B Security Configuration Manager
803
Windows Intune And What It Means
825
Windows Intune and Group Policy Conflicts
831

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About the author (2012)

Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP, is the founder of GPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software. He is a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, and other Windows management topics. Jeremy is one of fewer 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 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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