Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

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In this Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy training class, 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.

This course is intended for Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design.

  1. Learn the features and functions of Group Policy.
  2. Learn to use Group Policy management tools to manage security policies.
  3. Learn to design a Group Policy infrastructure.
  4. Learn to group Policy processing architecture.
  5. Learn to back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy.
  6. Learn to manage the Console.
  7. Learn to use Windows PowerShell to manage Group Policy.
  8. Learn to implement security using Group Policy.
  9. Learn to configure the desktop environment with Group Policy.
  10. Learn to configure roaming profiles and Folder Redirection.
  11. Learn to assign and publish software packages.
  12. Learn to implement AppLocker and software restriction policies.
  13. Learn to create and deploy Administrative Templates.
  14. Learn to configure Group Policy preferences.
  1. Introduction to Configuration Management
    1. Configuration Management Overview
    2. Configuration Management Using Group Policy
    3. Group Policy Features Introduced with Later Versions of Windows
    4. Using Windows PowerShell in the Configuration Management Process
    5. Lab 1: Introducing Configuration Management
    6. Viewing the Policies of a a Domain Joined Server
    7. Preparing Windows 8.1 Client for Domain Policies
    8. Preparing Windows 7 for Domain Policies
  2. Using Group Policy Management Tools
    1. Local and Domain Policies
    2. Using Group Policy Management Console
    3. Understanding Group Policy Refresh
    4. Lab 1: Using Group Policy Management Tools
    5. Working with Multiple Local Policies
    6. Installing RSAT on a Member Server
    7. Installing the GPMC on Windows 8.1 Client
    8. Basic Group Policy Management
    9. Installing the GPMC on Windows 7
  3. Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure
    1. Design Stages for a Group Policy Infrastructure
    2. Planning your Group Policy Design
    3. Designing Your Group Policy Solution
    4. Deploying Your Group Policy Solution
    5. Managing Your Group Policy Solution
    6. Lab 1: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure
    7. Creating an OU Structure for Group Policy
    8. Delegating GPO Management
    9. Creating Starter GPOs
    10. Installing and Configuring the AGPM
  4. Understanding the Architecture of Group Policy Processing
    1. Group Policy Components in AD DS
    2. Understanding the Group Policy Deployment Order
    3. Modifying Group Policy Processing
    4. Lab 1: Understanding the Group Policy Processing Architecture
    5. Working with Multiple GPO Levels
    6. Using the Block Inheritance and Enforce Options
    7. Implementing Security Filtering
    8. Creating a WMI Filter
    9. Working with Loopback Processing
  5. Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs
    1. Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
    2. Integration of RSoP Functionality
    3. Using Logging Options
    4. Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
    5. Building Migration Tables
    6. Lab 1: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs
    7. Using Tools for Troubleshooting
    8. Backing Up and Restoring GPOs
  6. Securing Windows Using Group Policy
    1. to implement user account, computer account, and domain security.
    2. Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
    3. Securing User Accounts
    4. Exploring Security Policies
    5. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
    6. Implementing Domain Security
    7. Lab 1: Securing Windows Using Group Policy
    8. Using the Security Compliance Manager
    9. Configuring Enterprise Auditing through Group Policy
    10. Configuring Restricted Groups
    11. Using Security Templates
    12. Creating a Windows Firewall Policy
  7. Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy
    1. explains how to implement UAC (User Account Control) to help prevent users from running
    2. unauthorized software, reducing the likelihood that viruses, Trojan horses, or spyware might
    3. intrude upon the environment..
    4. Managing UAC Settings
    5. Defending Against Malware
    6. Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
    7. Implementing Windows 8 App Security Settings
    8. Lab 1: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy
    9. Implementing UAC
    10. Using Windows Defender
    11. Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
    12. Windows 8.1 Client Lock Screen and App Policies
  8. Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy
    1. Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
    2. Defining the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
    3. Defining the Control Panel Settings
    4. Defining the Windows Components Settings
    5. Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
    6. Defining the Network Settings
    7. New Settings for Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012
    8. Lab 1: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy
    9. Using Logon Scripts
    10. Configuring Desktop Settings
    11. Managing Windows Components
    12. Configuring Printers with Group Policy
    13. Managing Network Settings
  9. Implementing User State Virtualization
    1. settings.
    2. Configuring Folder Redirection
    3. Managing Offline Files
    4. Implementing User Experience Virtualization
    5. OneDrive for Business
    6. Lab 1: Implementing User State Virtualization
    7. Preparing for Folder Redirection,Offline Files, and UE-V
    8. Configuring Folder Redirection
    9. Managing Offline Files
    10. Implementing User Experience Virtualization
  10. Assigning and Publishing Software Packages
    1. Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
    2. Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
    3. Deploying Software
    4. Setting Up Distribution Points
    5. Using the Systems Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software
    6. Lab 1: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages
    7. Preparing for Distribution
    8. Creating Custom Software Packages
    9. Repackaging Applications
    10. Deploying Software Packages
  11. Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell
    1. Using Windows PowerShell
    2. Writing PowerShell Scripts
    3. Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
    4. Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts
    5. Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration
    6. Lab 1: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell
    7. Exploring the Windows PowerShell
    8. Using Windows PowerShell to Manage GPOs
    9. Using PowerShell ISE to Write a GPO Creation Script
  12. Creating and Deploying Administrative Templates
    1. Introducing Administrative Templates
    2. Legacy ADM Templates
    3. Managing ADMX Templates
    4. Converting and Creating Custom ADMX Templates
    5. Using the ADMX Central Store
    6. Lab 1: Creating and Deploying Administrative Templates
    7. Importing ADMX Files
    8. Implementing the ADMX Central Store
    9. Converting Legacy ADM Files
    10. Creating a Custom ADMS File
  13. Configuring Group Policy Preferences
    1. Introducing Group Policy Preferences
    2. Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
    3. Configuring Preferences Settings
    4. Lab 1: Configuring Group Policy Preferences
    5. Implementing Computer Preferences
    6. Implementing User Preferences
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Class Prerequisites

Experience in the following is required for this Windows class:

  • Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory.
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