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Group Policy by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Chapter 12 Finishing Touches with Group Policy: Scripts, Internet Explorer, Hardware Control, Printer Deployment, Local Admin Password Control

We’ve come a long way so far in this book.

We’ve got Group Policy handled. We’ve set up Roaming Profiles, Redirected Folders, and Offline Files. We’ve deployed software using Group Policy Software Installation.

We’ve made a pretty big cake—but no frosting. Now it’s time for the finishing touches.

In this chapter, we’ll cover five big topics to round out your desktop experience:

  1. Using Scripts You can deploy startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff scripts. And there are three ways to do it.
  2. Configuring Internet Explorer You can deploy settings to your favorite (er, maybe not-so-favorite) application. We’ll review the in-the-box ways to manage Internet Explorer. And one “out-of-the box” way, too.
  3. Restricting Access to Hardware Want a way to ensure that only the hardware you sanction gets onto your network? Well, giddyup!
  4. Setting Up Printers The Group Policy Preferences have some special ability to help with printer management. I’ll show you the ropes.
  5. Managing Local Administrator Passwords Well, you cannot manage local administrator passwords anymore using Group Policy Preferences because it’s a security risk. So, what’s the right way to do it? Find out in this section.

So, let’s get started with the finishing…touches, that is!

Scripts: Logon, Logoff, Startup, and Shutdown

Users have always been able to process logon scripts. Active ...

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