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Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Chapter 8. Configuring User and Computer Policies

Group Policy is a set of rules that you can apply to help manage users and computers. Two types of Group Policy are available: local group policy and Microsoft Active Directory directory service group policy. Local group policy is used to manage the settings of a local machine only. Active Directory group policy is used to manage the settings of computers throughout sites, domains, and organizational units (OUs).

Group policies simplify administration by giving administrators ...

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