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understanding group policy part 1 of 3

Understanding Group Policy Part 1 of 3

Rick Claus

IT Pro Advisor

Microsoft Canada

[email protected]

http://blogs.technet.com/rclaus

what will we cover
What Will We Cover?
  • Group Policy concepts
  • Creating test and staging environments
  • Group Policy tools
helpful experience
Helpful Experience
  • Experience supporting Windows servers
  • Experience supporting Microsoft networks
  • Familiarity with Active Directory

Level 200

agenda
Agenda
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Creating a Staging Environment
  • Managing Group Policy
slide6

demonstration

Demo

Organizing OUs

what is group policy
What Is Group Policy?
  • Manage user and computer environments
  • Enforce IT policies
  • Simplify administrative tasks
  • Implement security settings
group policy terms
Group Policy Terms

Group Policy Object

Scope of Management

Domain

OU

Computer Configuration

User Configuration

Site

common desktop scenarios
Common Desktop Scenarios
  • Lightly managed
  • Mobile
  • Multiuser
  • AppStation
  • TaskStation
  • Kiosk
usage scenarios lightly managed
Usage Scenarios – Lightly Managed
  • For power users or developers
  • Least restricted
  • Free-seating
  • Core set of applications

www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=354b9f45-8aa6-4775-9208-c681a7043292&displaylang=en (Search for Group Policy Scenarios)

usage scenarios mobile
Usage Scenarios – Mobile
  • Aimed at mobile users
  • Data available at all times
  • Partial free-seating
  • Log off without disconnecting
usage scenarios multiuser
Usage Scenarios – Multiuser
  • Basic customization
  • Free-seating
  • Restricted write access
  • Security-enhanced
  • Assigned and published applications
usage scenarios appstation
Usage Scenarios – AppStation
  • Minimal customization
  • Few applications
  • Free-seating
  • Restricted write access
  • Security-enhanced
usage scenarios taskstation
Usage Scenarios – TaskStation
  • For order entry or call centers
  • Runs a single application
  • No desktop or Start menu
usage scenarios kiosk
Usage Scenarios – Kiosk
  • Unattended public workstation
  • Single application and user
  • Security-enhanced
  • No user changes or write access
  • Always on
agenda1
Agenda
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Creating a Staging Environment
  • Managing Group Policy
implementing a staging environment
Implementing a Staging Environment

Build staging environment

1

Synchronize with production

2

Prepare for deployment

4

Deploy to production

5

Staging

Production

Test GPOs

3

GPO Backups

Migration Tables

Group Policy Results

CreateEnvironmentFromXML.wsf

Group Policy Results

Group Policy Modeling

CreateXMLFromEnvironment.wsf

slide18

demonstration

Demo

Creating a Staging Environment

agenda2
Agenda
  • Preparing the Environment
  • Creating a Staging Environment
  • Managing Group Policy
group policy management console
Group Policy Management Console
  • MMC snap-in
  • Includes Group Policy Object Editor
  • Reporting and modeling
  • Supports cross-forest trusts
gpmc service pack 1
GPMC Service Pack 1
  • Various bug fixes
  • New languages
  • Updated GPMC EULA
  • Updated MSXML4

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0A6D4C24-8CBD-4B35-9272-DD3CBFC81887&displaylang=en

slide22

demonstration

Demo

Reviewing the GPMC

user and computer configuration
User and Computer Configuration

Sales Users settings

Lab Computers settings

Lab Computers settings

Sales Users settings

group policy order of precedence
Group Policy Order of Precedence

Child OU Policy

Parent OU Policy

Domain Policy

Site Policy

Local Security Policy

when is group policy applied
When is Group Policy Applied?

Startup and shutdown

Logon and logoff

Defined intervals

Forced with GPUpdate.exe

group policy processing
Group Policy Processing

Synchronous Initial Processing

Asynchronous Initial Processing

slide27

demonstration

Demo

Modifying Group Policy Objects

group policy modeling and results
Group Policy Modeling and Results
  • Group Policy Modeling
    • Simulates GPOs on user or computer
  • Group Policy Results
    • Reports actual policy settings
slide29

demonstration

Demo

  • Group Policy Modeling and Results
  • Using Group Policy Modeling
  • Using Group Policy Results
slide31

demonstration

Demo

Backing up and Restoring GPOs

session summary
Session Summary
  • Manage and control your environment more easily with Group Policy
  • Use a staging environment to test Group Policy before production deployment
  • Use the GPMC to manage Group Policy
for more information
For More Information

Visit TechNet USA atwww.microsoft.com/technet

Visit TechNet Canada atwww.microsoft.ca/technet

Rick Claus

IT Pro Advisor

Microsoft Canada

[email protected]

http://blogs.technet.com/rclaus

what will we cover part 2
What Will We Cover? (Part 2)
  • Advanced Group Policy management
  • Deploying software with Group Policy
  • Group Policy troubleshooting

What Will We Cover? (Part 3)

  • Group Policy Management
  • Advanced Group Policy Security
  • Scripting Group Policy
  • Group Policy Modeling
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