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Group Policy Object (GPO)

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Group Policy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Group Policy **

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Local Security Policy editor in Windows 7

*Group Policy* is a feature of the Microsoft Windows NT family of operating
systems that control the working environment of user accounts and computer
accounts. Group Policy provides the centralized management and
configuration of operating systems, applications, and users' settings in an
/Active Directory/ environment.


· 1 Operation

· 1.1 Enforcement
· 1.2 Inheritance
· 1.3 Filtering

· 2 Local Group Policy
· 3 Group Policy preferences
· 4 Group Policy Management Console
· 5 Advanced Group Policy Management
· 6 Security
· 7 Windows 8 enhancements
· 8 See also
· 9 References
· 10 Further reading
· 11 External links


Group Policy, in part, controls what users can and cannot do on a computer
system, for example: to enforce a password complexity policy that prevents
users from choosing an overly simple password, to allow or prevent
unidentified users from remote computers to connect to a network share, to
block access to the Windows Task Manager or to restrict access to certain
folders. A set of such configurations is called a Group Policy Object

As part of Microsoft's /IntelliMirror/ technologies, Group Policy aims to
reduce the cost of supporting users. IntelliMirror technologies relate to
the management of disconnected machines or roaming users and include
/roaming user profiles/, /folder redirection/, and /offline files/.


To accomplish the goal of central management of a group of computers,
machines should receive and enforce GPOs. A GPO that resides on a single
machine only applies to that computer. To apply a GPO to a group of
computers, Group Policy relies on Active Directory (or on third-party
products like ZENworks Desktop

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_Policy

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