8.1. Introducing Group Policy

One of the strengths of Windows-based operating systems is their flexibility. End users and systems administrators can configure many different options to suit the network environment and their personal tastes. However, this flexibility comes at a price—generally, many of these options should not be changed by end users on a network. For example, TCP/IP configuration and security policies should remain consistent for all client computers. In fact, end users really don't need to be able to change these types of settings in the first place because many of them do not understand what these setting are used for.

In previous versions of Windows (NT 4 and earlier), system administrators could use system policies (config.pol ...

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