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Group Policy by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Chapter 10 The Managed Desktop, Part 1: Redirected Folders, Offline Files, and the Synchronization Manager

You get Active Directory, you get Group Policy. That’s the good news. The better news is how you can put your knowledge of Group Policy to use to keep your users happy. Here’s the idea: easily create a consistent environment for your users no matter where they roam.

In the previous chapter, you used Roaming Profiles to kick off your journey to a consistent environment. But that only got you so far—especially if you had both Windows XP and, say, Windows 7, 8.1, and/or 10 machines. That’s because when you roamed from Windows XP to later machines (or vice versa), you didn’t maintain the goodies, like the stuff you put in My Documents (for XP) and Documents (for Windows Vista and later). Each computer type became its own island.

In fact, as a reminder, to put a fine point on it, Microsoft encourages you to “silo” your machines so the profiles never meet. The profiles should be set up such that they are only used within the same version. Again, this was covered in great detail in the last chapter, and simply as a reminder, here are the Windows profile types:

  • Version 1: Windows 2000, Windows 2003, and Windows XP
  • Version 2: Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2
  • Version 3: Windows 8 and Server 2012
  • Version 4: Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2
  • Version 5: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

So if these profiles can never meet, how will you get a unified experience? ...

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