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Windows Server Group Policy Management



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4 Days

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Examine the most common Active Directory Group Policy implementation, and utilize sophisticated options often overlooked by even experienced Active Directory administrators. In this Windows Systems training course, you gain the skills to deploy, update, and remove application software, lock down user desktops, and configure desired default settings via Group Policy Preferences.

You Will Learn How To

  • Create highly reliable and robust software-deployment strategies
  • Centrally manage workstations and servers with Group Policy Objects (GPOs)
  • Lock down user desktops and control computer configurations
  • Target GPOs to specific clients
  • Take advantage and operate the new group policy settings

Important Course Information


  • Working knowledge of Active Directory at the level of:


  • This course focuses on Windows Server 2012 client support, management, and control of Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • The techniques covered in this course apply to previous versions of Windows

Course Outline

  • Harnessing the Power of Group Policies

Introducing Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

  • Advantages of centralized administration
  • Investigating new features and functionality
  • Contrasting user- and computer-based settings

Controlling computer configurations

  • Assigning software packages
  • Enforcing workstation security
  • Standardizing computer settings

Managing user environments

  • Deploying software packages and customizing configurations
  • Controlling Windows 8 machines with new settings
  • The Building Blocks of Group Policies

Leveraging administrative templates

  • Analyzing ADMX/ADML file structure
  • Implementing pre-designed templates and starter GPOs

Storing and containerizing GPOs

  • Leveraging the central store
  • Maintaining availability through replication

Refreshing user and computer configurations

  • Scheduling GPO updates
  • Forcing quick updates
  • Controlling the Deployment of GPOs

Exploiting Scopes of Management (SOM)

  • Resolving conflicts between GPO settings
  • Generating advanced analysis reports of replication

Limiting GPO application to specific entities

  • Disabling GPOs for diagnostics
  • Exploiting security filters
  • Enforcing settings

Implementing PowerShell

  • Controlling GPO updates with PowerShell
  • Managing GPOs with PowerShell cmdlets
  • Deploying Software Packages with GPOs

Constructing a strategic deployment plan

  • Interpreting package file structure
  • Obtaining and creating package files

Modifying software deployment options

  • Upgrading managed applications
  • Customizing installations with transform files

Ensuring the reliability of GPO-deployed software

  • Providing self-healing applications with the Windows Installer Service (WIS)
  • Deploying applications to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1
  • Centralizing Security Management

Exposing security settings

  • BitLocker
  • Network Access Protection
  • Security Center
  • Controlling group membership with Restricted Groups

Centrally managing security mechanisms

  • Securing network communications
  • Reducing operating system vulnerabilities

Leveraging the Security Configuration Wizard

  • Transforming a role-based analysis into a GPO
  • Importing settings into the Active Directory
  • Tuning and Troubleshooting GPOs

Reviewing advanced logs for troubleshooting

  • Expediting Group Policy application
  • Testing Sysvol and Naming Context replication

Troubleshooting failures and unexpected results

  • Isolating failures with Event Logs
  • Predicting results through GPO modeling

Performing backup and recovery

  • Contingency planning through backups
  • Recovering Group Policy Objects after failures
  • Extending GPO Administration

Automating GPO management

  • Scheduling remote updates on multiple computers
  • Exploiting ADSI with scripting technologies

Leveraging advanced tools

  • Augmenting the management toolset
  • Leveraging PowerShell to manage GPOs
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"I took this course to prepare for the Windows Server 2008 MS certification tracking test; the book and reference materials provided by the instructor have been excellent assets. The course has also been useful to me as the network enterprise center at my organization migrates to 2008."

- V. Brown, IT Specialist
US Army


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