One Group Policy feature we learned about was the Group Policy Client-Side Extensions (GP CSE):
Group Policy Client-Side Extensions
Notice the huge number of settings that are available to us.
GP Client-Side Extensions enable us to deliver settings updates such as changing the local admin password company wide, a software package, make registry settings changes, and more using a "suggestion" model. That is, the settings can be pushed to the client system once if the Apply once and do not reapply setting is checked in the above screenshot, or every time the system is booted up if that setting is not checked.
GP CSEs give us some flexibility in our Group Policy settings deployment structures in that it allows the user to utilize the GP settings, ignore them, or remove them altogether if the settings do not reapply on boot.
To make full use of GP CSEs, Windows desktop clients (with the exception of Vista SP 1 with the RSAT installed) as well as Windows Server 2003 systems need an update: Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008. There are links in the Knowledgebase article to the updates for each respective operating system.
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