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Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

Course Description/Agenda

In this Global Knowledge-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 2003, Server 2008 R2, XP, and Windows 7. 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.

What You'll Learn

  • Design and deploy security policies for all your Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 R2 servers, workstations, member servers, and XP and Windows 7 clients
  • Delegate Administrative Control of Group Policies
  • Back up and restore Group Policy Objects (GPOs) through Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
  • Easily roll out selected software updates and operating system patches from your network environment
  • Tips for troubleshooting Group Policy

Who Should Attend

Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design

Course Prerequisites

  • Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2003/8 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Group Policy

  • What Group Policy Is
  • Managing Group Policies
  • New Features for Server 2008 and Windows Vista
  • What's New in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

2. Group Policy Management Tools

  • Local vs. Domain Policies
  • Editing Local Policies
  • Group Policy Management Console (GPMC)
  • Installing the GPMC
  • Using the GPMC
  • Group Policy Refresh

3. Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Overview of Active Directory
  • Design Phases
  • Planning Your Group Policy Design
  • Designing Your Group Policy Solution
  • Deploying Your Group Policy
  • Managing Your Group Policy Solution

4. Group Policy Processing Architecture

  • Using Active Directory Components to Deploy Group Policy Settings
  • Group Policy Deployment Order
  • Modifying Group Policy Processing

5. Group Policy Object (GPO) Troubleshooting and Backup

  • Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
  • Integration of Resultant Set of Policy (RSoP) Functionality
  • Logging Options
  • GPO Backup and Restore
  • Migration Tables

6. Using PowerShell with Group Policy

  • Introduction to PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
  • Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts

7. Implementing Security Using Group Policy

  • Security Architecture
  • Securing User Accounts
  • Hardening Computer Accounts
  • Domain Security

8. Configuring the Desktop Environment

  • Using Scripts
  • Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar
  • Control Panel
  • Windows Components
  • Printer Management and Printing
  • Computer Network Settings

9. Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

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

10. Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • MSI Packages
  • Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
  • Software Deployment
  • Setting Up Distribution Points
  • System Center Configuration Manager

11. AppLocker and Software Restriction Policies

  • What a Software Restriction Policy Is
  • Creating a Software Restriction Policy
  • Additional Rules to Identify Software
  • Effective Software Restriction Policies
  • Using AppLocker in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

12. Creating and Deploying Administrative (ADM) Templates

  • Overview of ADM Templates
  • Standard ADM Templates
  • Custom ADM Templates
  • Using New ADMX Templates
  • Creating Custom ADMX Templates
  • Using the ADMX Central Store

13. Managing Group Policy Preferences

  • Overview of Group Policy Preferences
  • Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Configuring Preferences Settings
  • Advanced Configuration of Group Policy Preferences


Lab 1: Introduction to Group Policy

  • Launching the Alpha VM
  • Preparing XP for Domain Policies
  • Preparing Vista for Domain Policies
  • Preparing Windows 7 for Domain Policies

Lab 2: Group Policy Management Tools

  • Working with Multiple Local Policies
  • Installing the GPMC on Windows XP
  • Installing the GPMC on Vista
  • Installing the GPMC on Windows 7
  • Basic Group Policy Management

Lab 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Creating an Organizational Unit (OU) Structure for Group Policy
  • Delegating GPO Management
  • Creating Starter GPOs
  • Installing and Configuring Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

Lab 4: Group Policy Processing Architecture

  • Working with Multiple GPO Levels
  • Using the Enforce and Block Inheritance Options
  • Implementing Security Filtering
  • Creating a WMI Filter
  • Working with Loopback Processing

Lab 5: GPO Troubleshooting and Backup

  • Using Tools for Troubleshooting
  • Backing Up and Restoring GPOs
  • Group Policy Management Scripts

Lab 6: Using PowerShell to Manage Group Policy

  • Introduction to Using Windows PowerShell
  • Using PowerShell to Manage GPOs

Lab 7: Implementing Security Using Group Policy

  • Installing the Microsoft GPOAccelerator
  • Configuring Enterprise Auditing through Group Policy Deployment
  • Configuring Standard Password Policies
  • Configuring Fine-Grained Password Policies
  • Configuring Restricted Groups
  • Using Security Templates

Lab 8: Configuring the Desktop Environment

  • Using Logon Scripts
  • Configuring Desktop Settings
  • Managing Windows Components
  • Configuring Printers with Group Policy
  • Managing Network Settings

Lab 9: Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

  • Preparing for Profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Managing Roaming Profiles

Lab 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Preparing for Distribution
  • Creating Custom Software Packages
  • Repackaging Applications
  • Deploying Software Packages

Lab 11: AppLocker and Software Restriction Policies

  • Enforcing Software Restriction Policies
  • Using AppLocker to Restrict Software

Lab 12: Working


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