Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy - M50255 Course Outline

(5 Days)

Overview

About This Course

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. Walk away with the experience and tools needed to optimize your enterprise systems and networks.

Audience Profile

Audience Profile

This course is intended for Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

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

At Course Completion

At Course Completion

  • Features and functions of Group Policy
  • Use Group Policy management tools to manage security policies
  • Design a Group Policy infrastructure
  • Group Policy processing architecture
  • Back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy
  • Management Console
  • Use Windows PowerShell to manage Group Policy
  • Implement security using Group Policy
  • Configure the desktop environment with Group Policy
  • Configure roaming profiles and Folder Redirection
  • Assign and publish software packages
  • Implement AppLocker and software restriction policies
  • Create and deploy Administrative Templates
  • Configure Group Policy preferences

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management

This module describes the basis of what configuration management is and how it functions.

Lessons

  • 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

Lab 1: Introducing Configuration Management

  • Boot and join the lab virtual machines to the domain
  • Explore the default Policy Settings
  • Explore Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 interface

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define configuration management
  • List the ways you can use configuration management in Windows
  • Describe the new Group Policy features available in the latest versions of Windows
  • Explain how PowerShell can be used with configuration management

Module 2: Using Group Policy Management Tools

This module describes the differences between local and domain policies and the Group Policy management tools you can use to manage these policies. This module also describes the Group Policy refresh process and how to manually force a refresh ahead of the default interval.

Lessons

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

Lab 1: Using Group Policy Management Tools

  • Working with Multiple Local Policies
  • Installing the GPMC on various Windows operating systems
  • Basic Group Policy Management techniques

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the advantages of using domain policies instead of local policies
  • List the capabilities of the Group Policy Management Console
  • Describe the requirements for installing the Group Policy Management Console
  • Explain how to use the different GPMC features to create and manage policies
  • Describe the elements of the gpupdate command

Module 3: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

This module details the steps a successful Group Policy deployment should follow, linking your design to how your company can best use the features. Essential network components and security design are also defined.

Lessons

  • 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

Lab 1: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

  • Creating an OU Structure for Group Policy
  • Delegating GPO Management
  • Creating Starter GPOs
  • Using the AGPM to manage policies

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the four stages of implementing Group Policy
  • Explain how to plan Group Policy in accordance with a company’s requirements
  • Describe the guidelines that you should follow when you create new GPOs
  • Explain how to manage Group Policy by delegating administration and setting permissions

Module 4: Understanding the Architecture of Group Policy Processing

This module details the concepts that you must grasp in order to troubleshoot Group Policy. The module also describes the options that are available to change the standard Group Policy processing sequence.

Lessons

  • Group Policy Components in AD DS
  • Understanding the Group Policy Deployment Order
  • Modifying Group Policy Processing

Lab 1: Understanding the Group Policy Processing Architecture

  • Working with Multiple GPO Levels
  • Using the Block Inheritance and Enforce Options
  • Implementing Security Filtering
  • Creating a WMI Filter
  • Working with Loopback Processing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Active Directory components that you can use to deploy Group Policy
  • Explain the order in which Group Policy is deployed in Active Directory
  • Describe the methods that are available to modify Group Policy processing

Module 5: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs

This module explains how to use the RSoP tools to determine whether policies are being processed in the correct manner. This module discusses how to use the available tools to troubleshoot policy issues; back up, restore, import, copy, and search for GPOs; and migrate GPOs from one domain to another.

Lessons

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

Lab 1: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs

  • Using Tools for Troubleshooting
  • Backing Up and Restoring GPOs
  • Use Command Line Tools to Perform GPO Maintenance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Group Policy troubleshooting tools
  • Describe the GPMC tools that have RSoP functionality
  • Describe the GPO logging tools used to obtain more detail about the GPO processing issues
  • Explain how to back up, restore, import, and copy GPOs using the GPMC
  • Explain how to build migration tables

Module 6: Securing Windows Using Group Policy

This module defines the Windows security model and describes the process of using Group Policy to implement user account, computer account, and domain security.

Lessons

  • Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
  • Securing User Accounts
  • Exploring Security Policies
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security
  • Implementing Domain Security
  • Security Policy Options for Window Client and Windows Server

Lab 1: Securing Windows Using Group Policy

  • Using the Security Compliance Manager
  • Managing Auditing with a GOP
  • Create and Test Restricted Groups
  • Implement Security Templates
  • Creating a Windows Firewall Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to: