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Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (50255E)


In this course you will learn hot 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. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks. 

Those that may be interested in the course are Enterprise network Staff who handle:

  • Help Desk Support
  • System Administration
  • Network Design


Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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 packages
  • Create and deploy Administrative Templates
  • Configure Group Policy preferences 



It is recommended that students are planning to attend this course have:

  • Experience with the Microsfot Windows Server 2008/2012 environments and a fundamental understanding of Active Directory. 


Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management


  • Configuration Management Overview 
  • Configuration Management using Group Policy 
  • Group Policy features introduced with later version of Windows
  • Using Windows PowerShell in the configuration Management process 

Lab: Introducing Configuration Management

  • Boot and join the lab virtual machines to the domain
  • Explore the default Policy Settings 
  • Explore Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 interface


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 

  • Working with multiple local policies 
  • Installing the GPMC on various Windows operating systems
  • Basic Group Policy management techniques


Module 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure


  • Design Stages for a Group Policy Infrastructure 
  • Planning your Group Policy Solution 
  • Deploying your Group Policy Solution 
  • Managing your Group Policy Solution 


Lab: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure 

  • Creating an OU Structure for Group Policy 
  • Delegating GPO Management 
  • Creating Starter GPO
  • Using the AGPM to manage policies 


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

  • Working with Multiple GPO levels 
  • Using the Block interitance and enforce options 
  • Implementing security filtering 
  • Creating a WMI filter
  • Working with Loopback processing 


Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPO 


  • Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools 
  • Integration of RSoP Functionality
  • Group Policy logging options 
  • Backing up, Restoring, Importing, and copying GPO
  • Building Migration Tables 


Lab: Troubleshooting and Backing up GPOs 

  • Using Tools for troubleshooting 
  • Backing up and Restoring GPOs 
  • Use command line tools to perform GPO Maintenance 


Module 6: Security Windows Using Group Policy


  • Exploring the Windows Security Architecture 
  • Securing User Accounts 
  • Exploring Security Policies 
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Security Policy options for Window Client and Windows Server 


Lab: Securing Windows Using Group Policy

  • Using the Security Compliance Manager 
  • Managing Auditing with a GOP 
  • Implement Security Templates
  • Creating a Windows Firewall Policy

Module 7: Implenting 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

  • Implementing UAC 
  • Using AppLocker to restrict software
  • Configure Windows Defender with Group Policy 
  • Windows 8.1 Client Lock Screen and App Policies

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
  • Defining the Windows Components Settings 
  • Conifiguring the printer management and pruning Settings 
  • Defining the network settings 
  • Discovering the new Group Policy setting 


Lab: 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 


  • Configuring folder Redirection 
  • Managing Offline Files 
  • Implementing User Experience Virtualization 
  • OneDrive for Business 

Lab: Implementing User State Virtualization 

  • Preparing for folder redirection, offline files , and UE-V
  • Configuring Folorder Redirection 
  • Managing offline files, 
  • Implementing User Experience Virtualization 


Module 10: Assigning and Pulishing 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 Sofware Packages

  • Creating a Shared Directory Structure on a Server
  • Creating a Custom MSI package 
  • Repackaging an Existing Install Package 
  • Deploying Software Packages with a GPO


Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell 


  • Introduing Windows PowerShell
  • Using Windows PowerShell 
  • Writing Windows PowerShell
  • Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy 
  • Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts 


Lab: configuration Management with windows PowerShell 

  • Exploring the Windows PowerShell 
  • Using Windows PowerShell to Manage GPOs


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 

  • Write a PowerShell Desired State Configuration Script 
  • Create a DSC 
  • Implement DSC


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

  • Implementing Comuter Preferences 
  • Implementing User Preferences 



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  • Hands on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers  & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding 1-day Adobe, 1-day MS Office and PMP Boot Camps) 
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

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