Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy (50255E)


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.

Those that may be interested in the course are Enterprise network Staff who handle:

Help Desk Support
System Administration
Network Design

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

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 packages
Create and deploy Administrative Templates
Configure Group Policy preferences


It is recommended that students are planning to attend this course have:

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

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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Module 1: Introduction to Configuration Management


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


Local and Domain Policies
Using the 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


Design Stages for a Group Policy Infrastructure
Planning 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 GPO
Using the AGPM to manage policies

Module 4: Understanding the Architecture of Group Policy Processing


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 GPO


Using Group Policy Troubleshooting Tools
Integration of RSoP Functionality
Group Policy logging options
Backing up, Restoring, Importing, and copying GPO
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: Security Windows Using Group Policy


Exploring the Windows Security Architecture
Securing User Accounts
Exploring Security Policies
Windows Firewall with Advanced 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
Implement Security Templates
Creating a Windows Firewall Policy
Module 7: Implementing Application Security Using Group Policy


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


Exploring Script Types and Controlling Script Execution
Defining the desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar Settings
Defining the control panel
Defining the Windows Components Settings
Configuring the printer management and pruning Settings
Defining the network settings
Discovering the new Group Policy setting

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 Virtualization


Configuring folder Redirection
Managing Offline Files
Implementing User Experience Virtualization
OneDrive for Business
Lab: Implementing User State Virtualization

Preparing for folder redirection, offline files, and UE-V
Configuring Folder Redirection
Managing offline files,
Implementing User Experience Virtualization

Module 10: Assigning and Publishing Software Packages


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 Sofware 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


Introducing Windows PowerShell
Using Windows PowerShell
Writing Windows PowerShell
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


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


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