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Windows® Group Policy Resource Kit: Windows Server® 2008 And Windows Vista®: Windows Server® 2008 And Windows Vista®

Get the in-depth information you need to use Group Policy to administer Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista—direct from a leading Group Policy MVP and the Microsoft® Group Policy team. With Group Policy and Active Directory® directory service, administrators can take advantage of policy-based management to streamline the administration of users and computers throughout the enterprise—from servers running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server, to workstations running Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000 Professional. This essential resource provides in-depth technical information and expert insights for simplifying and automating administrative tasks, including policy enforcement, system updates, and software installations, as well as how to centralize the management of network resources. The CD provides essential utilities, job aids, and more. It’s everything you need to help increase your efficiency while bolstering user productivity, security services, and system reliability.A Note Regarding the CD or DVDThe print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions.

File Size: 12731 KB

Print Length: 544 pages

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Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 8, 2008)

Publication Date: March 23, 2010

Language: English


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This book is a great addition to your collection of Microsoft Publications, when it comes to understanding the new technology. Unfortunately, that is not really the point of a resource kit. I can log onto Microsoft's Technet and gather all of the same information that this volume has to offer. In my opinion, the resource kits are suppose to be there for the common administrator, providing him with tools to help in his administration. This is where the book falls short.The author spends a lot of time explaining how group policy is applied, what built-in tools you use to modify the settings, where the technology originated from, and how it came to be in Microsoft's Server 2008. He never gets into the specific settings, or establishes a best practice, or gives tips to make your life as an administrator easier. I felt very disappointed to learn that he just blew by the environmental portion of Group Policy preferences. I would've really loved to learn more on that.There are a few points in the book that provide a step by step for enrolling different features, which is helpful. The troubleshooting section at the end might prove useful in a break-fix situation.Another review mentions scripting in the book. The scripts review how to create, delete and import GPO's. I don't find any value in that, as most administration is done in the GPMC. This is due to the fact that it would take longer to write a script to create a GPO, than it would to just create one. The only benefit I could see with this, is if someone were to deploy several forests at the same time, which is highly unlikely.

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