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MS 50255 - Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (MS 50255)


Duration: 5 Days


Course Overview:

In this course-currently the only offering in the market devoted to Group Policy training-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 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.



Course Objectives:

  • Features and functions of Group Policy

  • Use Group Policy management tools to manage security policies

  • Design a Group Policy infrastructure

  • Group Policy processing architecture

  • Back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy

  • Management Console

  • Use Windows PowerShell to manage Group Policy

  • Implement security using Group Policy

  • Configure the desktop environment with Group Policy

  • Configure roaming profiles and Folder Redirection

  • Assign and publish software packages

  • Implement AppLocker and software restriction policies

  • Create and deploy Administrative Templates

  • Configure Group Policy preferences


Course Outline:


Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management

  • Explore default Policy Settings

  • Explore Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 Interface


Module 2: Group Policy Management Tools

  • Working with Multiple Local Policies

  • Installing the GPMC on Windows Operating Systems

  • Basic Group Policy Management


Module 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Creating an Organizational Unit (OU) Structure for Group Policy

  • Delegating GPO Management

  • Creating Starter GPOs


Module 4: Group Policy Processing Architecture

  • Working with Multiple GPO Levels

  • Using the Block Inheritance and Enforce Options

  • Implementing Security Filtering

  • Creating a WMI Filter

  • Working with Loopback Processing


Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing UpGPOs

  • Using Tools for Troubleshooting

  • Backing Up and Restoring GPOs

  • Use Command Line Tools to Perform GPO Maintenance

Module 6: Securing Windows Using Group Policy

  • Using the Security Compliance Manager

  • Configuring Enterprise Auditing through Group Policy

  • Configuring Restricted Groups

  • Using Security Templates

  • Creating a Windows Firewall Policy

Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy

  • Implementing UAC

  • Using AppLocker to Restrict Software

  • Configure Windows Defender with Group Policy


Module 8: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

  • Using Logon Scripts

  • Configuring Desktop Settings

  • Managing Windows Components

  • Configuring Printers with Group Policy

  • Managing Network Settings


Module 9: Implementing User State Virtualization

  • Preparing for Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and UE-V

  • Configuring Folder Redirection

  • Managing Offline Files

  • Implementing User Experience Virtualization


Module 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Preparing for Distribution

  • Creating Custom Software Packages Repackaging Applications

  • Deploying Software Packages


Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

  • Exploring Windows PowerShell

  • Using Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration


Module 12: Writing a PowerShell Desired State Configuration Script

  • Creating and Implementing a DSC

  • Configuring Group Policy Preferences


Module 13: Implementing Computer Preferences

  • Implementing User Preferences



  • Experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/12 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory


Target Audience:

  • This course is primarily intended for employees catering enterprise networking for help desk assistance, network design, and system administrative procedures.

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