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Windows® Group Policy Administrators Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Using Policy Preferences and Settings

So far we’ve discussed how Group Policy has changed, how you can update policy, and how policy is applied, but I haven’t discussed the specific ways in which you can use preferences and settings to help you better manage your network. I’ll remedy that now by detailing uses for both preferences and settings. Because some overlap occurs in management areas for preferences and settings, I’ll also discuss whether using settings or preferences is better suited to a particular task.

Using Policy Settings for Administration

A policy setting is a managed setting that you apply to control configuration, such as to restrict access to the Run dialog box. Most policy settings have three basic states:

  • Enabled. The policy ...

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