Microsoft Group Policy Management

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  • Identity management in the era of cloud and mobility

    Managing identity and access in the cloud represents a difficult challenge for IT administrators. Proper identity management contributes to a secure IT operation and is an element for a number of compliance regulations. For those and other reasons, a... 

  • Group Policy Editor (GP Editor)

    Group Policy Editor is a tool that helps administrators manage policy settings in Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins. 

  • Local Group Policy Editor

    Local Group Policy Editor is a user interface that allows all Local Group Policy objects and their settings to be managed in one place. 

  • network drive

    A network drive is a storage device on a local access network (LAN) within a business or home. Within a business, the network drive is usually located on a server. In a home, the network drive may be located on a dedicated server, one of the networke... 

  • transitive trust

    Transitive trust is a two-way relationship automatically created between parent and child domains in a Microsoft Active Directory forest. 

  • gpresult

    Gpresult is a command-line tool that shows the RSoP (Resultant Set of Policy) for a user or computer based on applied Group Policy settings. 

  • Group Policy Preferences

    Group Policy Preferences are a set of extensions, introduced in Windows Server 2008, that increase the functionality of Group Policy Objects. 

  • RSoP (Resultant Set of Policy)

    RSoP (Resultant Set of Policy) is a report of all Group Policy settings within Active Directory that shows how those settings can affect a network. 

  • Group Policy Management Console

    The Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) is an interface that enables Active Directory administrators to manage Group Policy Objects (GPOs) from one console.  

  • Group Policy

    Group Policy is a hierarchical infrastructure that allows a network administrator in charge of Active Directory to implement specific configurations for users and computers. 

  • Group Policy Object (GPO)

    In the Windows 2000 operating system, a Group Policy Object (GPO) is a collection of settings that define what a system will look like and how it will behave for a defined group of users. 

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About Microsoft Group Policy Management

As most administrators know, Microsoft Group Policy is a great technology for managing enterprise users in an Active Directory environment. Our Group Policy management topic page features news, basics and best practices for IT managers and administrators. This page focuses on Group Policy's relation to Active Directory and DNS, as well as the nuts and bolts of Group Policy Objects (GPO), the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and more.