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ISBN-13: 978-1118289402 ISBN-10: 1118289404 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 2 edition (January 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118289404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118289402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Ultimate Book on Group Policy

Freshly updated to include Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop, Second Edition is the book for learning everything you need to know about Group Policy, no matter which version of Windows you use. Microsoft Group Policy MVP Jeremy Moskowitz covers it all—major Group Policy categories, what Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 bring to the table, and smart ways to tackle tough desktop management problems. Topics include troubleshooting, security, scripting, using Windows PowerShell when necessary, and much more.

Inside this book, you'll learn to:

  • Master all Group Policy functions of Windows, including Windows XP through Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 through Windows Server 2012
  • Enhance your Group Policy reach with the Group Policy Preferences, ADMX files, and additional add-ons
  • Use every feature of the GPMC and become a top-notch administrator
  • Troubleshoot Group Policy using tools, logs, Resource Kit utilities, Registry hacks, and third-party tools
  • Manage printers, restrict hardware, and configure Internet Explorer
  • Deploy software to your desktops, set up roaming profiles, and configure Offline Files for all your Windows clients—and manage it all with Group Policy settings
  • Secure your desktops and servers with AppLocker, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, and the Security Configuration Manager

Download bonus chapters and:

  • Script complex GPMC operations with PowerShell, including linking, backup, restore, permissions changes, and more
  • Create a "change management" system with Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM v4)
  • Understand Windows Intune service and its relationship to Group Policy

Coverage Includes:
Updated GPMC
New Windows 8 GPMC Features
ADMX/ADML Files
Group Policy Preferences
Item-Level Targeting
The Central Store
AppLocker
Fine-Grained Password Policy
Offline Files Updates
Inheritance Blocking
Prioritization
Linking
Loopback Policy Processing
Security Policy Processing
Enforcing
WMI Filters
Third-Party Tools
Cross-Forest Trusts
Filters
Commenting
Searching
Advanced Logging and Troubleshooting
Advanced Auditing Controls
Group Policy and VDI
Security Configuration Manager
Windows Intune

About the Author

Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP, is the founder of GPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software. He is a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server, Active Directory, Group Policy, and other Windows management topics. Jeremy is one of fewer than a dozen Microsoft MVPs in Group Policy. He runs the GPanswers.com, ranked by ComputerWorld as a "Top 20 Resource for Microsoft IT Professionals." Jeremy is a sought-after speaker at many industry conferences and, in his training workshops, helps thousands of administrators every year do more with Group Policy. Contact Jeremy by visiting GPanswers.com.


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A great resource for Group Policy administrators.
JB
The chapters are very organized which makes it easy to read and find information.
Maurice Pryce (Roswell)
I would say, this is one of a kind book.......and really, hits where is needed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JB on January 27, 2013
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Yeah, it's big, but books like this are supposed to be big to give you as much breadth of knowledge as possible. Well written, not dry, plenty of examples and walkthroughs. A great resource for Group Policy administrators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xenon 6 on June 29, 2013
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There is not much assumed knowledge in this book. I have been working as a Systems Engineer for 17 years but it has been a while since I studied Group Policy and it certainly plugged some holes in my knowledge. For me much of it was revision but Group Policy is complex and can be confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ron Fenili on November 21, 2013
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Jeremy Mosokiwitz is the Group Policy Master. This book contains solutions based on experience. He's got quite a knack for technical writing and keeping it fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Pryce (Roswell) on November 17, 2013
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Covers Group Policy very well. The chapters are very organized which makes it easy to read and find information. Jeremy starts the book off with the basics and then moves on to more technical details of how to manage group policy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OntarioJack on October 21, 2013
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This is a great textbook to help you learn about Group Policy. The writing is light and easy to power through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TechNet on September 23, 2013
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Well written ! Both the seasoned engineers and the junior systems admins found this book very helpful. I find it is an excellent reference.
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Moskowitz is very knowledgeable and writes well enough, though maybe at times too clever by half. But note that about a third of the way through the book, starting in Ch.6, he begins to advocate for his own company's software, "PolicyPak", which is of course free in a very limited version and not-so-free for real-world use. Having never heard of PolicyPak I found this disconcerting. I ordered a book about administration of networks using Microsoft tools. I didn't realize I was paying - in part, at least - for a sales pitch.

That aside, there is much to learn here. In spite of my annoyance with the included advertisement I can recommend the book as long as you buy it used. Even if you're very experienced you're likely to find some good ideas here.
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By Frank Wentz on June 24, 2014
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Excellent Guide to Group Policies! If you want to know about Group Policies from the Desktop to the Server this book is it!
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