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Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop, 2nd Edition

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

Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Group Policy Essentials
Chapter 2. Managing Group Policy with the GPMC
Chapter 3. Group Policy Processing Behavior Essentials
Chapter 4. Advanced Group Policy Processing
Chapter 5. Group Policy Preferences
Chapter 6. Managing Applications and Settings Using Group Policy
Chapter 7. Troubleshooting Group Policy
Chapter 8. Implementing Security with Group Policy
Chapter 9. Profiles: Local, Roaming, and Mandatory
Chapter 10. Implementing a Managed Desktop, Part 1: Redirected Folders, Offline Files, and the Synchronization Manager
Chapter 11. The Managed Desktop, Part 2: Software Deployment via Group Policy
Chapter 12. Finishing Touches with Group Policy: Scripts, Internet Explorer, Hardware Control, and Printer Deployment

Appendix A. Group Policy and VDI
Appendix B. Security Configuration Manager
Appendix C. Windows Intune (And What It Means to Group Policy Admins)

Book Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2nd Edition (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118289404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118289402
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