Cheeky GPO Question
For those that have started their Windows 7 development with a brand new set of GPOs I wonder if they have documented them and whether I could grab a peek?
I want to start from scratch and make my own on a test OU with no inheritance of the current GPOs from the LEA. I've printed out their current XP based GPOs and am working through them to see what is in there.
What else have people done?
That is exactly how we started out. Since then we have expanded the GP's by using WMI Filtering and under Preferences using Item-Level Targeting to streamline the process.
Originally Posted by garethedmondson
For example instead of making an OU just for Windows 7 computers/users simply use the WMI Filter to apply to just XP and to just Windows 7.
Item-Level Targeting can also be used for this fine tuning as well. For example we have a shortcut for Word on the student desktops. Problem is the computer may have either version 2003 or 2007. By
using Item-Level Targeting we created a shortcut for word 2003 and a second one for 2007 in the same GP.
One problem with Windows 7 has been the desktop background which when loaded is a black background. With the new powerful tool of Preferences a registry change can be made without creating a script.
Another example of the "suttle" changes is in 7 the redirect folder is called "Documents". The 'local documents is tagged by the users name in the Start Menu. We have adjusted the GPO's so only the redirect "Documents" shows up making it less confusing for the user.
As you can see with the new Windows 7/2008 R2 GPMC it is more powerful and much more user friendly to the IT personnel.
If you are planning on deploying Office 2010 in the future, you may find the following blog post useful.