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Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (M50255) Course Outline

 

This course includes the following modules:

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: 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

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: Using Group Policy Management Tools

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

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: Designing a Group Policy Infrastructure

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

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: 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

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: Troubleshooting and Backing Up GPOs

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

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: 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

Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy

This module describes the process of securing applications in a Windows environment. It also explains how to implement UAC (User Account Control) to help prevent users from running unauthorized software, reducing the likelihood that viruses, Trojan horses, or spyware that might intrude upon the environment.

Lessons:

  • Managing UAC Settings
  • Defending Against Malware
  • Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
  • Implementing Windows App Security Settings

Lab: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy

  • Implementing UAC
  • Using AppLocker to Restrict Software
  • Configure Windows Defender with Group Policy
  • Windows 8.1 Client Lock Screen and App Policies

Module 8: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

This module explains many of the settings that are available to configure and restrict the user desktop environment, such as Control Panel restrictions, Start Menu settings, and Windows Explorer configuration.

Lessons:

  • Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
  • Defining the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
  • Defining the Control Panel Settings
  • Defining the Windows Components Settings
  • Configuring the Printer Management and Pruning Settings
  • Defining the Network Settings
  • Discovering the new Group Policy Settings

Lab: Configuring the Desktop Environment with Group Policy

  • Using Logon Scripts
  • Configuring Desktop Settings
  • Managing Windows Components
  • Configuring Printers with Group Policy
  • Managing Network Settings

Module 9: Implementing User State Virtualisation

This module explains the different options available to maintain the user's personal files and settings.

Lessons:

  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Managing Offline Files
  • Implementing User Experience Virtualisation
  • OneDrive for Business

Lab: Implementing User State Virtualisation

  • Preparing for Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and UE-V
  • Configuring Folder Redirection
  • Managing Offline Files
  • Implementing User Experience Virtualisation

Module 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

This module explains how to use Group Policy for deploying software.

Lessons:

  • Using MSI Packages to Distribute Software
  • Using Group Policy as a Software Deployment Method
  • Deploying Software
  • Setting Up Distribution Points
  • Using the Systems Center Configuration Manager to Distribute Software

Lab: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages

  • Creating a Shared Directory Structure on a Server
  • Creating a Custom MSI package
  • Repackaging an Existing Install Package
  • Deploying Software Packages with a GPO

Module 11: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

This module explains how to navigate and use basic Windows PowerShell commands and how to use Windows PowerShell to manage Group Policy. It also explains how you can use PowerShell logon scripts with Group Policy.

Lessons:

  • Introducing Windows PowerShell
  • Using Windows PowerShell
  • Writing PowerShell Scripts
  • Windows PowerShell Library for Group Policy
  • Windows PowerShell-Based Logon Scripts

Lab: Configuration Management with Windows PowerShell

  • Exploring the Windows PowerShell
  • Using Windows PowerShell to Manage GPOs

Module 12: Implementing PowerShell Desired State Configuration

This module will describe what DSC is all about and how to implement DSC to manage systems on the network.

Lessons:

  • Introducing Group Policy Preferences
  • Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Options for Applying Preferences
  • Configure Preference Settings

Lab: Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration

  • Write a PowerShell Desired State Configuration Script
  • Create a DSC
  • Implement DSC

Module 13: Configuring Group Policy Preferences

This module describes the function of Group Policy Preferences. You will learn how to combine Preferences and Policies, and how Preferences are different from Policies.

Lessons:

  • Introducing Group Policy Preferences
  • Comparing Preferences and Policy Settings
  • Options for Applying Preferences
  • Configuring Preferences Settings

Lab: Configuring Group Policy Preferences

  • Implementing Computer Preferences
  • Implementing User Preferences

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Who Should Attend this Course?

This course is intended for Enterprise network staff responsible for help desk support, system administration, and network design. Delegates should also be familiar with the administration of enterprise IT and its structure. This course is designed for delegates who are already IT professionals and developers, with the experience mentioned above.​

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must have the following technical knowledge:

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

Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (M50255) Course Overview

Delegates taking this course will learn how to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in their networks. This 3-day course will instruct delegates in how to consolidate the administration of an enterprise IT infrastructure with Group Policy, and to control and manage computer systems and domain users running Windows Server and Windows clients.

When taking this course, our expert trainers will also teach delegates to create Group Policies, implement administrative and security templates, and determine best practices when deploying software packages. By the end of the course, delegates will possess the experience and tools needed to optimise enterprise systems and networks.

This Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy course is fully accredited by Microsoft through the Microsoft Silver Partnership held by The Knowledge Academy.

After completing this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the features and functions of Group Policy
  • Use Group Policy management tools to manage security policies
  • Design a Group Policy infrastructure
  • Use Group Policy processing architecture
  • Back up, restore, import, and copy Group Policy Objects through the Group Policy
  • Use 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

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Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (M50255) Examination

The Knowledge Academy does not provide an examination for this course. Delegates will be given access to:

  • Tuition from one of our expert trainers
  • Certificate of completion
  • Refreshments

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