Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

Session Detail:    Classroom, Virtual 5 Day

In this course you will learn how to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in your network. You will discover how to consolidate the administration of an enterprise IT infrastructure with Group Policy, and you will learn to control and manage computer systems and domain users running Windows Server and Windows clients. Create Group Policies, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks.

Prerequisites

Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management

  • Lesson 1: Configuration Management Overview
  • Lesson 2: Configuration Management Using Group Policy
  • Lesson 3: Group Policy Features Introduced with Later Versions of Windows
  • Lesson 4: Using Windows PowerShell in the Configuration Management Process

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define configuration management
  • List the ways you can use configuration management in Windows
  • Describe the new Group Policy features available in the latest versions of Windows
  • Explain how PowerShell can be used with configuration management

Module 2: Using Group Policy Management Tools

  • Lesson 1: Local and Domain Policies
  • Lesson 2: Using the Group Policy Management Console
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Group Policy Refresh

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the advantages of using domain policies instead of local policies
  • List the capabilities of the Group Policy Management Console
  • Describe the requirements for installing the Group Policy Management Console
  • Explain how to use the different GPMC features to create and manage policies
  • Describe the elements of the group date command

Module 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Lesson 1: Design Stages for a Group Policy Infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Planning your Group Policy Design
  • Lesson 3: Designing Your Group Policy Solution
  • Lesson 4: Deploying Your Group Policy Solution
  • Lesson 5: Managing Your Group Policy Solution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the four stages of implementing Group Policy
  • Explain how to plan Group Policy in accordance with a company’s requirements
  • Describe the guidelines that you should follow when you create new GPOs
  • Explain how to manage Group Policy by delegating administration and setting permissions

Module 4: Understanding the Architecture of Group Policy Processing

  • Lesson 1: Group Policy Components in AD DS
  • Lesson 2: Understanding the Group Policy Deployment Order
  • Lesson 3: Modifying Group Policy Processing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Active Directory components that you can use to deploy Group Policy
  • Explain the order in which Group Policy is deployed in Active Directory
  • Describe the methods that are available to modify Group Policy processing

Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs

  • Lesson 1: Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
  • Lesson 2: Integration of RSoP Functionality
  • Lesson 3: Group Policy Logging Options
  • Lesson 4: Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
  • Lesson 5: Building Migration Tables

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Group Policy troubleshooting tools
  • Describe the GPMC tools that have RSoP functionality
  • Describe the GPO logging tools used to obtain more detail about the GPO processing issues
  • Explain how to back up, restore, import, and copy GPOs using the GPMC
  • Explain how to build migration tables

Module 6: Securing Windows Using Group Policy

  • Lesson 1: Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Securing User Accounts
  • Lesson 3: Exploring Security Policies
  • Lesson 4: Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Lesson 5: Implementing Domain Security
  • Lesson 6: Security Policy Options for Window Client and Windows Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Windows security architecture
  • Explain how to secure user accounts with Group Policy
  • Explain how to harden computer accounts
  • Explain how to control the domain security policy with a GPO

Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy

  • Lesson 1: Managing UAC Settings
  • Lesson 2: Defending Against Malware
  • Lesson 3: Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
  • Lesson 4: Implementing Windows App Security Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe UAC
  • Describe the AppLocker features
  • Explain the features of Windows Apps

Module 8: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

  • Lesson 1: Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
  • Lesson 2: Defining the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
  • Lesson 3: Defining the Control Panel Settings
  • Lesson 4: Defining the Windows Components Settings
  • Lesson 5: Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
  • Lesson 6: Defining the Network Settings
  • Lesson 7: Discovering the new Group Policy Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff scripts and settings
  • Identify the many ways to control the user desktop, Start menu, and taskbar settings
  • Explain how to restrict the Control Panel settings
  • Explain how to restrict operations that users can perform in Windows Explorer, Windows Internet Explorer, and Remote Desktop Services
  • Explain how to configure the printer management and pruning settings
  • Describe the network settings

Module 9: Implementing User State Virtualization

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Lesson 2: Managing Offline Files
  • Lesson 3: Implementing User Experience Virtualization
  • Lesson 4: OneDrive for Business

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to redirect user folders to a server
  • Describe the Offline Files feature
  • Explain the purpose of User Experience Virtualization
  • Describe the OneDrive for Business feature

Module 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Lesson 1: Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
  • Lesson 2: Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
  • Lesson 3: Deploying Software
  • Lesson 4: Setting Up Distribution Points
  • Lesson 5: Using the Systems Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic elements of an MSI package
  • Determine when to build or repackage your own
  • Define the requirements for distributing software via Group Policy
  • Describe when you might want to assign and publish software
  • Explain how to upgrade and remove packages
  • Explain how to set up distribution points for software deployment
  • List the advantages of using SCCM to distribute software instead of Group Policy

Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Windows PowerShell
  • Lesson 2: Using Windows PowerShell
  • Lesson 3: Writing PowerShell Scripts
  • Lesson 4: Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
  • Lesson 5: Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Windows PowerShell features
  • Explain how to perform the basic Windows PowerShell operations
  • Explain how to access the Windows PowerShell library for Group Policy
  • Manage systems using PowerShell commands

Module 12: Implementing PowerShell Desired State Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Group Policy Preferences
  • Lesson 2: Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Lesson 3: Options for Applying Preferences
  • Lesson 4: Configure Preference Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Group Policy Preferences
  • Explain the differences between Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Describe the Windows and Control Panel Settings
  • List Advanced Preferences Configuration Options

Module 13: Configuring Group Policy Preferences

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Group Policy Preferences
  • Lesson 2: Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Lesson 3: Options for Applying Preferences
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Preferences Settings

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of Group Policy Preferences
  • Describe the differences between Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Identify the settings that you can configure in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration sections of the Group Policy Management Console
  • Describe the Windows and Control Panel settings

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