Chapter 1: Group Policy Essentials

In this chapter, you’ll get your feet wet with the concept that is Group Policy. You’ll start to understand conceptually what Group Policy is and how it’s created, applied, and modified, and you’ll go through some practical examples to get at the basics.

The best news is that the essentials of Group Policy are the same in all versions of Windows 2000 onward. So as I stated in the introduction, if you’ve got Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7—whatever—you’re golden.

That’s because Group Policy isn’t a server-driven technology. As you’ll learn in depth a little later, the magic of Group Policy happens (mostly) on the client (target) machine. And when we say “client,” ...

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