Group Policy Administration

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Group Policy Administration

Authors: Darren Mar-Elia, Peter Grant

Group Policy allows enterprises to centrally manage the configuration and security settings of users and computers in an Active Directory environment. If you want to advance your... Read more

What you will learn

  • Group Policy Management item
  • Computer and User Settings
  • Security Settings
  • Preferences
  • Managing Group Policy with PowerShell
  • Group Policy Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting

Pre-requisites

Familiarity with Active Directory and Windows Server is recommended.

Beginner

This section provides a foundation for learning and leveraging Group Policy in your Windows environment.

Windows Server 2019: Group Policy Fundamentals

by Darren Mar-Elia

Nov 13, 2019 / 3h 19m

3h 19m

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Description

Group Policy is complex. This course is designed to break down that complexity and teach the skills that you need to successfully begin to deploy GP in your Windows environments. In this course, Windows Server 2019: Group Policy Fundamentals, you will gain the ability to successfully deploy and manage Group Policy in your organization. First, you will learn the basics of creating and targeting GPOs. Next, you will discover how best to manage GPOs in areas like delegation, filtering, and backup. Finally, you will explore how to implement specific policy areas across a variety of configuration capabilities. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of Group Policy needed to successfully deploy Group Policy in even the largest environments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Getting Started with Group Policy
  3. Group Policy Management
  4. Understanding Group Policy Processing
  5. Configuring Windows Server 2019 Group Policy Settings
  6. Configuring Windows Server 2019 Audit Policies

Designing and Managing a Group Policy Deployment

by Darren Mar-Elia

Jun 22, 2020 / 3h 1m

3h 1m

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Once you know the basics of Group Policy, the next step is learning how to deploy, manage, and secure it correctly.

In this course, Designing and Managing a Group Policy Deployment, you will gain the ability to develop an approach and the tools for successful deployment, delegation, and troubleshooting of Group Policy in your environment.

First, you will learn how to deploy GPOs most efficiently and with a focus on reducing complexity.
Next, you will discover how to delegate and harden your GPOs to ensure they are safely and securely deployed.
Finally, you will explore how to troubleshoot common GPO issues and learn the step-by-step approaches to solving GPO problems.

When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to be confident in having a secure and manageable Group Policy deployment in your own environments.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Deploying Group Policy
  3. Managing GPOs for Security and Delegation
  4. Security Hardening Windows with Group Policy
  5. Deploying Group Policy Preferences
  6. Troubleshooting Group Policy

Best Practices for Group Policy Deployment and Management

by Darren Mar-Elia

Nov 13, 2017 / 2h 43m

2h 43m

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Group Policy is complex, and it's not always easy to know the best way to deploy and manage it. In this course, Best Practices for Group Policy Deployment and Management, you’ll learn the best ways to deploy Group Policy in order to manage a reliable, functional Group Policy infrastructure. First, you'll discover how to design an AD with Group Policy in mind. Next, you’ll explore how to target, delegate, and secure Group Policy. Finally, you’ll delve into the skills needed to manage Group Policy ongoing such as auditing and change control. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of Group Policy deployment and management needed to deliver an effective configuration management solution in your organization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Optimizing AD for Group Policy Deployments
  3. Group Policy Delegation
  4. Group Policy Management Best Practices
  5. Group Policy Auditing
  6. Best Practices for Group Policy Performance

Intermediate

Learn more advanced Group Policy skills in this section.

Group Policy: Advanced Targeting

by Peter Grant

Sep 13, 2016 / 2h 20m

2h 20m

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If you thought GPO settings can only be applied by linking GPOs to OUs, then you've just barely touched the surface. In this course, Group Policy: Advanced Targeting, you will learn how to get the most out of group policy and this course may also enlighten you to features you didn't know existed. First, you'll learn how to control Group Policy settings using security groups rather than the GPMC. Next, you'll be walked through the end-to-end process for dynamic WMI filtering, as well as shown tools to help you decipher the WMI query language. Finally, you'll be shown how to replace logon scripts and other manual tasks quickly and easily by using Item Level Targeting and Group Policy Preferences. By the end of this course, you'll know how to address almost any edge case and understand how to replace your legacy logon scripts.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Understanding Default GPO Targeting Limitations
  3. Applying GPO Settings Using Security Groups
  4. Applying GPO Settings Based on Computer Features
  5. Using Item-level Targeting to Customize Preference Settings
  6. Simplifying Your GPO Infrastructure

Group Policy: Troubleshooting

by Peter Grant

May 31, 2016 / 1h 59m

1h 59m

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Group Policy processing is at the heart of any Active Directory infrastructure. Knowing how to set it up is one thing, but being able to troubleshoot and resolve complex issues can really make you stand out from the crowd. In this course, you'll learn a three-phased, practical approach for methodically tackling any Group Policy problem. You'll start by looking at the 'obvious' problems and you'll learn where to start troubleshooting any issue. Next, you'll learn what the common infrastructure issues are and how to resolve them, and finally you'll gain a low level understanding of the Group Policy mechanics. By the end of this course, you will have learned more than just how to troubleshoot Group Policy; you'll have seen computers querying DNS for their domain controllers, you'll learn how to use tools such as LDP in order to look under the hood at the Group Policy Active Directory attributes, and you'll understand in more detail how Active Directory replication operates and how to fix it when it's broken. By using the methodology in this course combined with the deeper understanding of how group Policy works, you'll be able to solve the most complex issues, fast.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Want to Be a Group Policy Superhero?
  3. Phase 1: Check the 'Obvious'
  4. Phase 2: Check the Infrastructure
  5. Phase 3: Deep Dive Troubleshooting
  6. Summarizing the Journey
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Group Policy Administration

  • Number of Courses5 courses
  • Duration13 hours
  • Skill IQ available Skill IQ

Group Policy allows enterprises to centrally manage the configuration and security settings of users and computers in an Active Directory environment. If you want to advance your Group Policy skills, this path is highly recommended.

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