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Group Policy by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Introduction

Windows 10 is here.

Alas, Windows 8 and 8.1, we hardly knew ye.

And Windows 9—we just skipped you entirely and jumped ahead to Windows 10.

For people buying this book for the first time, welcome. For people who have bought previous editions and are returning again (or again and again and again)—thank you for coming back.

Group Policy and Active Directory go hand in hand. If you have Active Directory, you get Group Policy.

If you’re very new to Group Policy, here’s the inside scoop. Group Policy has one goal: to make your administrative life easier. Instead of running around from machine to machine, tweaking a setting here or installing some software there, you’ll have ultimate control from on high.

Like Zeus himself, controlling the many aspects of the mortal world below, you will have the ability, via Group Policy, to dictate specific settings pertaining to how you want your users and computers to operate. You’ll be able to shape your network’s destiny. You’ll have the power. But you need to know how to tap into this power and what can be powered.

In this introduction and throughout the first several chapters, I’ll describe just what Group Policy is all about and give you an idea of its tremendous power. Then, as your skills grow, chapter by chapter, we’ll build on what you’ve already learned and help you do more with Group Policy, troubleshoot it, and implement some of its most powerful features.

For those of you who are already somewhat Group Policy savvy, there ...

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