Group Policies

Group Policies

Windows Server 2003 offers extensive control over system configuration and user environments through a feature called Group Policy. Group Policy settings may be applied to domain, site, and organizational unit (OU) Active Directory containers, giving the administrator more granular control over system configurations and user settings. The OS adds refinements to the group policies functions but does not substantially change the administrative interface or their basic nature in Windows 2000. More than 160 new policy settings are now available in Windows Server 2003. Among the affected functionality are settings for Control Panel, error reporting, Terminal Server, Remote Assistance, networking and dial-up connections, Domain Name System (DNS), network logon, Group Policy, and roaming profiles.

This chapter is divided into three main sections. The first reviews the concept of group policies; the second provides a number of implementation examples; and the third explores the underlying concepts of Microsoft's IntelliMirror. Upon completing this chapter, you should have the following:

  • A working knowledge of group policies

  • The ability to establish and modify group policy properties.

  • The ability to apply group policies to user accounts

  • An understanding of IntelliMirror technology and the ability to employ it

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