Group Policy Changes: Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Window RT (Part 1)

by Deb Shinder
Sept. 1, 2017 0 comments TechGenix Apps & Hardening windows server security

Group Policy is one of the most powerful and convenient tools that network administrators and IT security specialists have for controlling the Windows environment and specifying what users can and can’t do on the computer. Setting local and/or domain policies is far easier and less risky than editing the registry to accomplish the same things. Group Policy is the best means for setting restrictions that apply to the whole computer (either server or client) or to specific user accounts. With the release of their newest operating systems, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, and Windows 8’s “little brother,” Windows RT, Microsoft has made a number of changes related to Group Policy. There are several new Group Policy features, and some of the familiar ones have been updated to provide new functionality. In this series of articles, we’ll be taking a look at those changes and how you can best use them to your benefit in keeping your Windows network as secure as possible.