Join Martin Guidry for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of Group Policy, part of Windows 10: Administration.
- In this section we're going to talk about using group policy to administer Windows 10. Group policy is a technology that allows us to configure thousands of user and computer settings. Group policy can be applied at the domain level, or a local group policy. If you're running on a domain, that's probably the preferred place to do group policy. If you have one or more Windows 10 computers not connected to a domain, then you can use local group policy to accomplish largely the same thing.
Be aware that domain settings can override local settings, so if you created a policy at the domain level that had a setting and then you created a policy at the local level that had the opposite setting, the domain setting would take precedence. So typically we don't manipulate the same setting at both the domain level and the local level. If you want to make a setting just do it one place or the other, not both. Windows 10 includes by default a tool called Local Group Policy Editor.
Previous versions of Windows had this tool available as a download, or you had to jump through some hoops to get the tool. Now it is included as part of the base installation of the operating system. The tool has two main sections, Computer Configuration and User Configuration. After you change settings, in order to apply the settings you typically need to do one of two things. You can go to a command prompt and type in GPupdate.
That's a command that will update the local group policy and the domain group policy on most settings. However there are some settings that require a reboot. And any time you reboot by default it does update both local group policy and domain group policy.
Martin first reviews the various editions of both the desktop and mobile versions of Windows 10. This section covers the special features included with the Enterprise edition, and the hardware requirements for some of the new Windows 10 features. Martin also explains installing and updating drivers and configuring and optimizing the OS, including system properties and power options. Then it's a deep dive into Group Policy, including working with local groups, configuring preferences, and troubleshooting Group Policy. Martin also looks at Windows security—authentication and encryption—as well as the boot process, and concludes the course with a brief look at virtualization, networking, and backup and recovery.
- Understanding the different versions of Windows 10
- Installing and updating drivers
- Administering multitasking
- Working with Windows Group Policy
- Adding domain users and accounts to a Windows 10 PC
- Administering BitLocker and EFS
- Understanding the boot process
- Installing Client Hyper-V for Windows virtualization
- Managing Windows Firewall
- Backing up and restoring Windows 10
- Troubleshooting Windows 10