How does Group Policy change with Vista for the better?

Q: How does Group Policy change with Vista for the better?

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J. Peter Bruzzese is an independent consultant and has worked for and with Goldman Sachs, CommVault Systems and Microsoft, among other clients. He focuses on corporate training and travels frequently to speak at conferences. Peter is the author of Tricks of the Windows Vista Masters and writes for Redmond Magazine. Listen to his supplemental podcast on Vista deployment to hear more information about compatibility problems and Vista vs. XP.

One of the benefits in deploying Vista is the new allowance of Multiple Local Group Policy Objects (MLGPOs), which will benefit your clients when you set up local systems, kiosks, library or school computers -- essentially, anything that doesn't have a connection to a domain controller for Group Policy provision. These new policies include the ability to provide a strong level of Parental Control. It's good to know that if Vista is deployed within a domain, there are over 800 new policy settings that control power settings and other aspects of the OS. There are a couple of ways to access those settings -- one is through a Vista system when working on the Group Policy; the other is through a Windows Server 2008 Server, which may not be readily available in most networks. (Find a full list of all the Group Policy settings in Vista here.)

This was first published in June 2008

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