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 !!