Thanks to Active Directory based Group Policies, it became possible to enforce uniform settings across arbitrary collections of domain members.
However, their initial implementation exhibited some undesired behavior.
The Group Policy settings that you create are contained in a GPO.
To create a GPO, use the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), which is available for download from the Microsoft website at
The latest iteration of Group Policy templates offer much-improved manageability.
Starting with the Windows 2000 platform, Microsoft considerably enhanced its ability to centrally administer a variety of computer and user characteristics.
Reliance on timestamp (rather than version number) was commonly the source of unnecessary confusion (especially following Service Pack installation on client computers or modifications to Microsoft-supplied templates) and unexpected surge in replication traffic.With the software installation extension of GPO, you can provide on-demand software installation and automatic repair of applications.When you need to further configure applications after deployment, you can use ADM templates to propagate the requisite settings across your organization.Additional Group Policy information related to these updates ADMX templates is available at these Microsoft sites: -- Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows and Windows Server -- Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide -- How to create and manage the Central Store for Group Policy Administrative Templates in Windows -- Microsoft. To ease your policy setup, you can use policy templates to guide you easily through the configurable options.