June 26, 2000
O'Reilly Releases Guide to Windows System Policy Editor
Sebastopol, CA--Has someone been tampering with your files? Has your work
been screwed up because of accidental system software changes? Have you
ever been locked out of your computer? If you nodded yes to any of these
questions, then O'Reilly's latest release,
Policy Editor by Stacey Anderson-Redick should be on your radar.
When you're searching for a way to standardize desktop settings, prevent
users from modifying the hardware and environment settings, or control or
restrict user actions, then you need to use the Windows System Policy
Editor. It gives you the capability to create or edit local registry
values. The System Policy Editor is a powerful-though relatively
undocumented-tool for creating and editing local registry values to
standardize desktop settings, prevent users from modifying hardware and
environment settings, or control or restrict user actions.
"The System Policy Editor is a rarely used network tool," says
Anderson-Redick. "Administrators of Windows 9x or Windows NT4
workstations-especially administrators of shared workstations, like those
in public libraries, schools, and hospitals-would find policies very
helpful. In these situations, system policies can offer consistent
desktops, unavailable Control Panel applets, restricted software packages,
and network-wide application settings."
How do you set up different security restrictions for each user? What do
you do if you want to set up a policy for a group rather than a single
user? How do you configure desktops for roving users so that any computer
they use will have the same look? Now that you have your network security,
how do you protect your computer if it is unplugged from the network? These
are just a few of the questions this essential new guide answers.
Windows System Policy
Editor is the only book on the market covering the
System Policy Editor (SPE), showing readers how to prevent security
problems like file tampering, loss of data as a result of accidental system
software changes, or users being locked out of their own computers.
"When I first began to use the System Policy Editor I realized there was a
significant lack of detailed information on the topic," explains
Anderson-Redick. "Once I became comfortable with the SPE, I decided to
create a web page based on my own experience. That web page garnered so
much interest, and from such a wide variety of sites, that I realized I
wasn't the only administrator who had struggled with the dearth of
available information. I especially wanted to help administrators
understand not only how to implement the SPE, but also its particular
idiosyncrasies. It is these quirks that cause most administrators to give
up on what is in fact a very valuable tool."
By Stacey Anderson-Redick
1st Edition June 2000
1-56592-649-8, 546 pages, $34.95
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