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Chapter 6
Group Policy and IntelliMirror
Windows Server 2003 offers a marvelous command and control system for your
organization’s computers called Group Policy (GP). With GP, you can manage user-
and computer-based configurations, which you can apply en masse to computers in
a particular Active Directory site, OU, or domain.
In this chapter, I’ll introduce you to GP and its features and functions. I’ll show you
the differences between NT 4.0–style system policies and 2000-and-later-based GPs.
I’ll take you through creating and editing GPs and expanding or refining their scope.
I’ll show you how inheritance and overriding work, and I’ll look at using the Win-
dows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface and the new Resultant Set of
Policy (RSoP) tools in Windows Server 2003 to filter and further granulate policy
application. Then you’ll see the similarities and differences between local and
domain GP. Finally, I’ll review troubleshooting strategies and considerations for
wide-scale GP deployment.
An Introduction to Group Policy
Group policies consist of five distinct components:
Administrative templates
Configure registry-based policies. You’ll see what this really entails in a bit.
Folder redirection
Alters the target location of various elements in the UI, such as My Documents,
to other places on the network.
Execute when computers are first booted and shut down. They also can run dur-
ing user logon and logoff.

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