50255: Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

50255: Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

Audience

This course is intended for Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have experience with the Microsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory.

Duration

5 days.

Course Objectives

In this course 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 you will 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, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the 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 Content

Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management
Configuration Management Overview
Configuration Management Using Group Policy
Group Policy Features Introduced with Later Versions of Windows
Using Windows PowerShell in the Configuration Management Process
Lab : Introducing Configuration Management
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Define configuration management
• List the ways you can use configuration management in Windows
• Describe the new Group Policy features available in the latest versions of Windows
• Explain how PowerShell can be used with configuration management

Module 2: Using Group Policy Management Tools
Local and Domain Policies
Using Group Policy Management Console
Understanding Group Policy Refresh
Lab : Using Group Policy Management Tools
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the advantages of using domain policies instead of local policies
• List the capabilities of the Group Policy Management Console
• Describe the requirements for installing the Group Policy Management Console
• Explain how to use the different GPMC features to create and manage policies
• Describe the elements of the gpupdate command

Module 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure
Design Stages for a Group Policy Infrastructure
Planning your Group Policy Design
Designing Your Group Policy Solution
Deploying Your Group Policy Solution
Managing Your Group Policy Solution
Lab : Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the four stages of implementing Group Policy
• Explain how to plan Group Policy in accordance with a company’s requirements
• Describe the guidelines that you should follow when you create new GPOs
• Explain how to manage Group Policy by delegating administration and setting permissions

Module 4: Understanding the Architecture of Group Policy Processing
Group Policy Components in AD DS
Understanding the Group Policy Deployment Order
Modifying Group Policy Processing
Lab : Understanding the Group Policy Processing Architecture
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the Active Directory components that you can use to deploy Group Policy
• Explain the order in which Group Policy is deployed in Active Directory
• Describe the methods that are available to modify Group Policy processing

Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs
Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
Integration of RSoP Functionality
Group Policy Logging Options
Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
Building Migration Tables
Lab : Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the Group Policy troubleshooting tools
• Describe the GPMC tools that have RSoP functionality
• Describe the GPO logging tools used to obtain more detail about the GPO processing issues
• Explain how to back up, restore, import, and copy GPOs using the GPMC
• Explain how to build migration tables

Module 6: Securing Windows Using Group Policy
Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
Securing User Accounts
Exploring Security Policies
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
Implementing Domain Security
Security Policy Options for Window Client and Windows Server
Lab : Securing Windows Using Group Policy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the Windows security architecture
• Explain how to secure user accounts with Group Policy
• Explain how to harden computer accounts
• Explain how to control the domain security policy with a GPO

Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy
Managing UAC Settings
Defending Against Malware
Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
Implementing Windows App Security Settings
Lab : Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe UAC
• Describe the AppLocker features
• Explain the features of Windows Apps

Module 8: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy
Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
Defining the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
Defining the Control Panel Settings
Defining the Windows Components Settings
Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
Defining the Network Settings
Discovering the new Group Policy Settings
Lab : Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff scripts and settings.
• Identify the many ways to control the user desktop, Start menu, and taskbar settings
• Explain how to restrict the Control Panel settings
• Explain how to restrict operations that users can perform in Windows Explorer, Windows Internet Explorer, and Remote Desktop Services
• Explain how to configure the printer management and pruning settings
• Describe the network settings

Module 9: Implementing User State Virtualization
Configuring Folder Redirection
Managing Offline Files
Implementing User Experience Virtualization
OneDrive for Business
Lab : Implementing User State Virtualization
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Explain how to redirect user folders to a server
• Describe the Offline Files feature
• Explain the purpose of User Experience Virtualization
• Describe the OneDrive for Business feature

Module 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages
Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
Deploying Software
Setting Up Distribution Points
Using the Systems Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software
Lab : Assigning and Publishing Software Packages
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the basic elements of an MSI package
• Determine when to build or repackage your own
• Define the requirements for distributing software via Group Policy
• Describe when you might want to assign and publish software
• Explain how to upgrade and remove packages
• Explain how to set up distribution points for software deployment
• List the advantages of using SCCM to distribute software instead of Group Policy

Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell
Introducing Windows PowerShell
Using Windows PowerShell
Writing PowerShell Scripts
Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts
Lab : Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the Windows PowerShell features
• Explain how to perform the basic Windows PowerShell operations
• Explain how to access the Windows PowerShell library for Group Policy
• Manage systems using PowerShell commands

Module 12: Implementing PowerShell Desired State Configuration
Introducing Group Policy Preferences
Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
Options for Applying Preferences
Configure Preference Settings
Lab : Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the purpose of Group Policy Preferences
• Explain the differences between Preferences and Policy Settings
• Describe the Windows and Control Panel Settings
• List Advanced Preferences Configuration Options

Module 13: Configuring Group Policy Preferences
Introducing Group Policy Preferences
Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
Options for Applying Preferences
Configuring Preferences Settings
Lab : Configuring Group Policy Preferences
After completing this module, students will be able to:
• Describe the purpose of Group Policy Preferences
• Describe the differences between Preferences and Policy Settings
• Identify the settings that you can configure in the Computer Configuration and User Configuration sections of the Group Policy Management Console
• Describe the Windows and Control Panel settings

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