Learn to manage your Windows 7 and later machines (including Windows 8.1 and Windows 10) and also Windows Server 2008 R2 and later (including Windows 2012 / R2 and Server NEXT) using Group Policy..
If you want to plan and manage their Group Policy design the right way this is the right course.
Group Policy touches every single aspect of Active Directory security. If you don’t have a firm foundation in Group Policy, then its impossible to ensure that security directives are accurately implemented and enforced.
If you’re rolling out Windows (7, 8 or 10) VDI, Citrix Xenapp, what will the end-user experience be after your rollout? Using Group Policy, Group Policy Preferences and 3rd party Group Policy tools and techniques, you can have a standard desktop when needed and the flexible desktop when required.
Additionally, if Group Policy stops functioning, you will get need the skills to troubleshoot and repair it.
This course also has information about how Group Policy and MDM relate, and provides information on how to perform Group Policy/MDM co-management and troubleshooting.
NOTE: Anything new or up to date in Windows 10 will be “up to the minute” updated in this course as it happens !
Group Policy Overview (Talk, Demo and hands-on labs):
Group Policy functions
Group Policy processing basics
Group Policy levels and precedence
Discussion of where GPOs live (the swimming pool concept)
Where does Group Policy apply?
When does Group Policy apply (Windows XP, Win 7 & 8, Win 8.1 & 10 and also Windows Server 2003, 2008 & R2, 2012 and 2012 R2)?
The GPMC—quick tour
Why your IT machine MUST be Windows 8 / 8.1 or later to get maximum benefits of Group Policy.
Group Policy Processing Essentials (Talk, Demo, and hands-on labs):
Linking a GPO to multiple levels in AD
Link enabled vs. disabled
Delete vs. unlink
Enforced (No Override)
Security filtering by Group
Security filtering by advanced properties
Group Policy Theory (Talk, Demo and hands-on labs):
What happens when a new GPO is created?
What is GPO versioning?
Why do GPOs get processed?
What happens when Group Policy applies initially?
What happens when Group Policy applies in the background for member computers?
What happens when Group Policy applies In the background for Domain Controllers?
What happens when Group Policy applies during security processing?
What happens when Group Policy applies when moving a User or Computer?
What happens when Group Policy applies when performing manual processing?
What happens when Group Policy applies when processing over slow links?
What are the processing differences between Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP, Win 7, Windows 8 and Server versions (2003, 2008 & R2, 2012) – and why Windows 8.1 (and later) changes everything !
How does Windows 8 and 8.1 process GPOs differently than XP Or Win7 ?
What happens when you move a User or Computer in Active Directory?
When does security get processed?
Backup and recovery of GPOs
Group Security Implementation with Group Policy (Talk, Demo and Hands On Labs):
Delegating responsibility for GPO creation and management
Under the hood of Group Policy security
The special default GPOs (Default Domain Policy GPO and Default Domain Controller Policy GPO)
Windows 7 and 8: Applocker application security
How to manage multiple servers using the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW)
Group Policy Preference Extensions (Talk, Demo and Hands-on Labs)
Making them work with all clients (Windows XP, Win 7, 8 and 10)
Understanding which clients can utilize GPPrefs.
Manually delivering the update to existing clients
Automatically delivering the update to existing clients
Preference vs. Policy
Understanding the 21 new categories of features
Circles and Lines
Dealing with the “overlap” of original Group Policy features vs. GPPEs
Group Policy Preference Extensions reporting
Sharing your work with other administrators
Leveraging Group Policy Preference Extensions to reduce the number of images
Leveraging Group Policy Preference Extensions to reduce need for Logon Scripts
What’s new in Windows 8 and 8.1.
What’s new in Windows 10.
Central Store and ADMX files (Talk, Demo and Hands-on labs):
Why ADM files were replaced with ADMX files.
Understanding ADMX and ADML files.
Understanding working with others and the Central Store.
Creating the Central Store.
Keeping the Central Store up to date.
Managing Applications using Group Policy: ADM files, ADMX files (a different angle), and PolicyPak (pay tool)
Group Policy and Powershell (just a little bit).
Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM, Microsoft’s additional pay tool) for Group Policy Change Control and workflow management.
Security Compliance Manager (Microsoft’s free security implementation tool