Begining GPOs

Hello- How do I begin using GPOs in w2k3 server?  I would like to navigate to the steps and creat test GPOs on test machines.
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

First thing I'd recommend you do is download the Group Policy Management Console:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/gpmc/default.mspx

That'll make life easier for you.

If you're not at all familiar with Group Policy there is one thing that you must be aware of from the start.

There are two sections in any group policy, Computer Configuration and User Configuration. These sections are applied to Computer Account and User Accounts respectively. So if you wanted to set the policy:

User Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ System \ Turn off Autoplay

You must make sure that the policy has User Accounts beneath it. Group Policy Management Console can help you see this.

Now the next stage is either very simple or quite complicated depending on what you're looking to achieve. With the above steps you can start applying policies, but really the steps depend on what you're looking to achieve. Is there anything more specific we can help with?

Chris
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lazikAuthor Commented:
Outstanding info, I'm just going to push out a GPO to allow machines to use the local proxy server, I'm sure it is very simple however, this is my first time- Thanks and any additional info will be appreciated.
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

That makes sense, pretty easy one to do as well.

The bit you want is under User Configuration, then Windows Settings, then Internet Explorer Maintenance Connection and either "Proxy Settings" or "Automatic Browser Configuration" depending on what you have in place and would like to use.

Remember that you must make sure the policy will appear for User Accounts when you think about attaching it to an OU.

Chris
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lazikAuthor Commented:
Thanks for everything
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

You're welcome :)

Chris
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