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Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

Course Details

In this HBFITES-enhanced course-currently the only offering in the market devoted to Group Policy training-you will learn how to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in your network. You will discover how to consolidate the administration of an enterprise IT infrastructure with Group Policy, and you will learn to control and manage computer systems and domain users running Windows Server and Windows clients. Create Group Policies, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks.

Course Prerequisites

  • Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/12 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory

Course Agenda

1. Introducing to Group Policy

  • What Is Group Policy?
  • Group Policy Scenarios
  • New Group Policy Features Introduced with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista
  • New Group Policy Features Introduced with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  • New Group Policy Features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Client

2. Using Group Policy Management Tools

  • Local vs. Domain Policies
  • Managing Domain Policies
  • Using the GPMC
  • Group Policy Refresh

3. Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Active Directory
  • Design Stages for Implementing Group Policy
  • Planning Your Group Policy Design
  • Designing Your Group Policy Solution
  • Deploying Your Group Policy Solution
  • Managing Your Group Policy Solution

4. Architecture of Group Policy Processing

  • Group Policy Components in AD DS
  • Group Policy Processing Sequence
  • Modifying Group Policy Processing

5. Troubleshooting and Backing Up Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

  • Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
  • Integration of RSoP Functionality
  • Using Logging Options
  • Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
  • Building Migration Tables

6. Using Windows PowerShell to Manage Group Policy

  • WIndows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
  • Windows PowerShell Cmdlets for Group Policy
  • Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts

7. Implementing Security Using Group Policy

  • Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
  • Securing User Accounts
  • Exploring Security Policies
  • Hardening Windows Environments
  • Implementing Domain Security

8. Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

  • Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
  • Defining Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
  • Defining the Control Panel Settings
  • Defining the Windows Components Settings
  • Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
  • Defining the Network Settings
  • New Settings for Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012

9. Configuring Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

  • Managing User Profiles
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Using Folder Redirection and Roaming Profiles Together

10. Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
  • Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
  • Deploying Software
  • Setting Up Distribution Points
  • Using the System Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software

11. Implementing Software Restriction Policies and AppLocker

  • What is a Software Restriction Policy?
  • Creating a Software Restriction Policy
  • Using Additional Rules to Help Identify Software
  • What Makes an Effective Software Restriction Policy?
  • Using AppLocker in Windows 7 and Later

12. Creating and Deploying Administrative Templates

  • ADM Templates
  • Legacy ADM Templates
  • Custom ADM Templates
  • Using the New ADMX Templates
  • Converting and Creating Custom ADMX Templates
  • Using the ADMX Central Store

13. Configuring Group Policy Preferences

  • Group Policy Preferences
  • Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Configuring Preferences Settings