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Group Policy by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Chapter 4 Advanced Group Policy Processing

In the previous chapter, we talked about basic Group Policy processing principles along with some special cases, including what happens over a slow link and how to manage the Group Policy engine itself—using Group Policy.

In this chapter, we’ll explore some advanced scenarios. Here’s the quick breakdown of what they are and why I think you’ll be interested:

  • If you’ve ever wanted to decide when and where a particular Group Policy should be applied, you’re going to love WMI filters.
  • If you’ve thought to yourself, “How do I get User-side settings to affect my computers?” you’re going to love Loopback policy processing.
  • And, if you’ve got multiple Active Directories tied together with cross-forest trusts, you’ll want to understand how and when Group Policy applies.

We’re also going to explore one of the components of the PolicyPak On-Premise suite, PolicyPak Admin Templates Manager, which helps with the first two bullets in the previous list.

So, let’s get started with our advanced Group Policy processing.

Fine-Tuning When and Where Group Policy Applies

Pretend for a second there was exactly one level of Group Policy.

That would make it very difficult to segment out your users and computers into compartments and then link GPOs over to them.

But even then, with the three levels—site, domain, and OU—sometimes it can be a real challenge to get specific GPOs, or specific stuff within GPOs, to hit users and computers within a level.

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