The big news is finally here: What is Microsoft doing with the "crown jewels" of the DesktopStandard acquisition? In short: It's gonna be free. Here's the breakdown of the announcement:
The PolicyMaker technologies will officially be called Group Policy Preferences.
There are 20-some-odd "big" things you can do, like zap down drive mapping and shortcuts and a whole lot more.
PolicyMaker Share Manager (which helps you set up and dictate share permissions) will also be part of the set.
They require a CSE (Client Side Extension) as do all GP extensions.
The CSE will ship in the box for Windows Server 2008.
The CSE will be an extra download for XP, 2003 and Vista
The CSE will not work for 2000
So, why are they called the "Group Policy Preferences" and not more something.. "Policy-ish?" I'll explain that in an upcoming newsletter. However, Microsoft has a whitepaper which details the major new categories of features and describes some other odds and ends including the distinction between a Policy and a Preference.
That paper is here which every GP admin should read.
I will be covering this in an upcoming newsletter soon as well as have FULL coverage in the next book; I promise !!
Jeremy Moskowitz Enterprise Mobility MVP & Lead Trainer
Jeremy Moskowitz is a former Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and founder of MDMandGPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software.
Jeremy teaches Group Policy hands-on training to IT administrators who want to make their business more secure by using Group Policy.
He runs MDMandGPanswers.com, a forum for Group Policy enthusiasts and also founded PolicyPak Software, an innovative add-on that allows admins to dictate, enforce and remediate application settings. Jeremy is also author of several Group Policy Books, including “Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security, and the Managed Desktop, 2nd Edition”.
He has been seen speaking at Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft MMS, Windows Connections and many others.
Jeremy has performed Windows NT, Active Directory and Group Policy planning, training and implementation for some of the world’s largest organizations.
Jeremy is available for consultations with your company, speaking at your events, or writing custom publications.
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