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Old 01-22-2007, 11:24 AM   #1
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I'm the IT pro at a small company, we have a few servers, running windows server 2003. And we have about 40 XP pro workstations.

Like in the title we are converting from Peer to Peer, all working off a workstation, so a much more secure active directory domain setup.

I've been doing research, reading books, testing on a few workstations, and I pretty much figured out how to set up accounts, Select a domain controller, all that good stuff, but now I'm looking for more options,

Through active directory, could I control Workstation desktop images? Lock users out of IE, and other limitations... How, I haven't been about to find an "idiots guide" that would show me how to do things like that,

a point in the right direction would be great!

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Old 01-22-2007, 11:40 AM   #2
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Most of this is done through group policy.
http://technet2.microsoft.com/window...ed/gp/faq.mspx

I use the Group Policy Management Console to administer it.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...c/default.mspx

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Old 01-22-2007, 08:42 PM   #3
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Not to just repeat what crazijoe said, but this is also what I use it can help you to test your policies and print reports on them, etc, etc.

If you look around a bit on the internet you can find some generic group policy "templates." If nothing else send me an email and I can provide you with a couple templates that I have built.

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Old 01-23-2007, 04:43 AM   #4
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Well, I figured out how to create policies, now, how do I apply them to groups? For example, anyone in the payroll group will have a payroll background, but in the same domain, anyone in the Accounting group would have an accounting background, I'll keep reading, but any additional help would be appreciated.
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All you would need to do is link the policy to the appropriate group. You can apply the policy to individual groups or the whole domain. Remember if the user is a member in many different groups, the most restrictive policy will be applied to that user.
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Don't forget that unless you specify otherwise Group Policy Inherits in a cascade style structure:

Default Domain Policy
---OU Policy(Inherits Default Domain)
-----Redir Policy Etc. (Inherits Default,OU)

I will assume that you created an OU and than seperated your individual departments into different Objects within your OU?

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