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MS-50255 - Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy

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.

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

Detailed Class Syllabus

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

Module 2: Using Group Policy Management Tools

Local and Domain Policies
Using Group Policy Management Console
Understanding Group Policy Refresh

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

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

Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs

Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
Integration of RSoP Functionality
Using Logging Options
Backing Up, Restoring, Importing, and Copying GPOs
Building 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

Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy

Managing UAC Settings
Defending Against Malware
Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
Implementing Windows 8 App Security Settings

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
New Settings for Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012

Module 9: Implementing User State Virtualization

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

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

Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

Using Windows PowerShell
Writing PowerShell Scripts
Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts
Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration

Module 12: Creating and Deploying Administrative Templates

Introducing Administrative Templates
Legacy ADM Templates
Managing ADMX Templates
Converting and Creating Custom ADMX Templates
Using the ADMX Central Store

Module 13: Configuring Group Policy Preferences

Introducing Group Policy Preferences
Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
Configuring Preferences Settings