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Microsoft® Windows® XP Inside Out, 2nd Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Appendix F. Group Policy

Group Policy is a highly touted feature of Active Directory, which is part of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server. In that environment, Group Policy is indeed an enormously powerful feature that lets administrators configure computers throughout sites, domains, or organizational units. In addition to setting standard desktop configurations and restricting what settings users are allowed to change, administrators can use Group Policy to centrally manage software installation, configuration, updates, and removal; specify scripts to run at startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff; and redirect users' special folders (such as My Documents) ...

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