Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop

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Master the Latest Group Policy Tools, Features, and Best Practices

Fully updated for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, Group Policy, 3rd Edition equips you with the most current Group Policy tools and techniques to help you manage a Windows desktop and Windows Server environment effectively and efficiently. Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz takes you step-by-step through all the Group Policy concepts and tools that enable you to set and enforce rules and automate processes to manage network operations and implement effective security. You will learn to use Group Policy Preferences, ADMX files, and every feature of the GPMC; troubleshoot Group Policy; deploy software to your desktops; take full advantage of the Security Configuration Manager; and everything else in between.

Inside this book, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand how Group Policy handles both user and server administration
  • Apply all the newest features and functions to manage modern Windows clients and servers
  • Utilize Group Policy Preferences, ADMX files, and add-ons
  • Improve your administrative skills as you master new features of the GPMC
  • Work with enhanced logs, Resource Kit utilities, and third-party tools to enhance troubleshooting capabilities
  • Employ improved tools to manage printers, drive maps, restrict hardware, and configure Internet Explorer
  • Use Group Policy settings to deploy software to your desktops, set up roaming profiles, and configure Offline Files for all your Windows clients
  • Secure your desktops and servers with AppLocker, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, and the Security Configuration Manager
  • Work through examples that illustrate each concept
  • Learn from the author’s expert tips, professional techniques, and unique insight

Coverage Includes:
Updated GPMC Features
Group Policy Preferences
Item-Level Targeting
The Central Store
Fine-Grained Password Policy
Offline Files Updates
Inheritance Blocking
Loopback Policy Processing
Security Policy Processing
WMI Filters
Third-Party Tools
Cross-Forest Trusts
Advanced Logging and Troubleshooting
Advanced Auditing Controls
Group Policy and VDI
Security Configuration Manager
Windows Intune
Group Policy over the Internet

About the Author

Jeremy Moskowitz is a Group Policy MVP and a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, and other Windows management topics. One of less than a dozen Group Policy MVPs, Jeremy runs, ranked byComputerWorld as a “Top 20 Resource for Microsoft IT Professionals.” Jeremy is the founder of PolicyPak Software, which enables administrators to manage applications, stay compliant, and deliver settings over the Internet. He is a sought-after speaker at many industry conferences.



Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide


Make Your Hyper-V Solution a Success

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is bigger and more robust than ever, offering better virtualization options for small, medium, and large enterprises. Take full advantage of Hyper-V with this expert guide that shows you how to effectively deploy a virtualization or cloud computing platform. You’ll learn how to quickly configure Hyper-V from the user interface, use PowerShell to automate routine tasks, and get solid experience through the book’s practical, real-world solutions. This international author team, all virtualization experts, thoroughly covers such essential topics as network fabrics and cloud computing, deploying hosts, building Hyper-V clusters, backup and recovery, and much more.

  • Understand the different Hyper-V editions and which one is right for you—Standard, Datacenter, or Hyper-V Server
  • Design, create, configure, and deploy Failover Clustering for highly available virtual machines
  • Implement the new storage solutions and architectures of Windows Server 2012
  • Set up Hyper-V layer 2 networking and extensible virtual switches
  • Learn how to design converged fabrics to use fewer NICs
  • Explore cloud computing, multi-tenancy, storage, and clusters
  • Make sure your data and services are safe with a full range of backup strategies
  • Discover the various ways to enable disaster recovery using Hyper-V
  • Get up to speed on Hyper-V Replica and Hyper-V for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

About the Author

Aidan Finn (tweet @joe_elway) is an internationally recognized virtualization expert and blogger ( from Ireland, and a leading voice in the Microsoft community. Patrick Lownds (tweet @PatrickLownds) is head of the Microsoft Virtualization User Group in the UK as well as an industry speaker at TechEd, HP Technology at Work, and elsewhere. Michel Luescher (tweet @michelluescher) is a consultant at Microsoft Switzerland specializing in private cloud solutions, datacenter optimization, and virtualization. He is also a regular industry speaker and writes the blog Damian Flynn (tweet @damian_flynn) is the principal infrastructure architect for Lionbridge Technologies specializing in private cloud solutions, datacenter optimization, and virtualization. He is also a regular industry speaker and maintains a public technology and Microsoft blog (



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