Chapter 26: Using Group Policy with Windows Vista
Editing Group Policy
After you access a policy for editing, you can use the GPOE to work with group poli-
cies. The GPOE has two main nodes:
Enables you to set policies that are applied to computers, regardless of who logs on
Enables you to set policies that are applied to users, regardless of which com-
puter they log on to
The Computer Configuration and User Configuration nodes have subnodes for the
Enables you to set policies for software settings and software installation
Enables you to set policies for folder redirection, scripts, and security
Enables you to set policies for the operating system, Windows components, and
The policy settings you’ll work with the most are those found under Administrative
Templates. You can enable, disable, and configure policy settings for Administrative
Templates by completing the following steps:
1. Open the policy object you want to edit. Access the GPOE for the resource you
want to work with.
2. Expand Computer Configuration
➝ Administrative Templates or User Configu-
➝ Administrative Templates as appropriate for the type of policy you
want to set.
3. After you expand the policy subfolders as appropriate, double-click or right-click
a policy and select Properties to display its Properties dialog box.
4. Click the Explain tab to see a description of the policy, if one is available.
5. On the Setting tab, use the following buttons to change the state of the policy:
The policy is not configured.
The policy is enabled.
The policy is disabled.
6. If you enabled the policy, set any additional parameters specified on the Setting
tab and then click Apply.
7. Click OK to save your settings.