Group Policy Preferences

December 11, 2007

Here’s an interesting tidbit that came out of Microsoft’s Tech-Ed IT Forum conference:  Group Policy Preferences.

Group Policy Preferences is, basically, 20 client side extensions for group policy which Microsoft acquired when it acquired DesktopStandard and its DesktopStandard PolicyMaker Family product.  You can read more about them at the link above.

A lot of people will have their own solutions via scripts which mimic the functionality from some of these extensions but these native tools will allow you to cut back on things like login and startup scripts, have increased auditing information when doing things like Group Policy Results Wizard and allow you to control settings which, to date, haven’t been easy to set with scripts.

Good to see these sort of tools being released to administrators generally and not just as part of the Software Assurance-only Desktop Optimization Pack.

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