Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy



In this Global Knowledge-enhanced course-currently the only offering in the market devoted to Group Policy training-you will learn how to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in your network. You will discover how to consolidate the administration of an enterprise IT infrastructure with Group Policy, and you will learn to control and manage computer systems and domain users running Windows Server and Windows clients. Create Group Policies, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks.


Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design


  • Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/12 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory

Learning Objectives

  • Features and functions of Group Policy
  • Use Group Policy management tools to manage security policies
  • Design a Group Policy infrastructure
  • Group Policy processing architecture
  • Back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy
  • Management Console
  • Use Windows PowerShell to manage Group Policy
  • Implement security using Group Policy
  • Configure the desktop environment with Group Policy
  • Configure roaming profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Assign and publish software packages
  • Implement AppLocker and software restriction policies
  • Create and deploy Administrative Templates
  • Configure Group Policy preferences

1. Introducing to Configuration Management

2. Configuration Management Overview

  • Configuration Management Using Group Policy
  • Group Policy Features Introduced with Later Versions of Windows
  • Using Windows PowerShell in the Configuration Management Process
  • Using Group Policy Management Tools
  • Local vs. Domain Policies
  • Managing Domain Policies
  • Using the GPMC
  • Group Policy Refresh

3. Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Design Stages for Implementing Group Policy
  • Planning Your Group Policy Design
  • Designing Your Group Policy Solution
  • Deploying Your Group Policy Solution
  • Managing Your Group Policy Solution

4. Architecture of Group Policy Processing

  • Group Policy Components in AD DS
  • Group Policy Processing Sequence
  • Modifying Group Policy Processing

5. Troubleshooting and Backing Up Group Policy Objects (GPOs)

  • Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
  • Integration of RSoP Functionality
  • Using Logging Options
  • Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
  • Building Migration Tables

6. Securing Windows Using Group Policy

  • Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
  • Securing User Accounts
  • Exploring Security Policies
  • Hardening Windows Environments
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Implementing Domain Security
  • New Security Options for Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012

7. Implementing Application Securing Using Group Policy

  • Managing UAC Settings
  • Defending Against Malware
  • Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
  • Implementing Windows 8 App Security Settings

8. Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

  • Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
  • Defining Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
  • Defining the Control Panel Settings
  • Defining the Windows Components Settings
  • Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
  • Defining the Network Settings

9. Discovering New Group Policy Settings

  • Implementing User State Virtualization
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Managing Offline Files
  • Implementing User Experience Virtualization
  • OneDrive for Business

10. Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
  • Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
  • Deploying Software
  • Setting Up Distribution Points
  • Using the System Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software

11. Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

  • Introducing Windows PowerShell
  • Using Windows PowerShell
  • Writing PowerShell Scripts
  • Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
  • Group Policy Cmdlets
  • Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration

12. Creating and Deploying Administrative Templates

  • ADM Templates
  • Legacy ADM Templates
  • Custom ADM Templates
  • Managing ADMX Templates Using the ADMX Central Store

13. Configuring Group Policy Preferences

  • Group Policy Preferences
  • Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Configuring Preferences Settings