A. Currently, all Windows platforms store power configurations as part of binary values, which native Group Policy doesn't affect. In the Windows Vista and Longhorn releases, Microsoft has made changes that let you use Group Policy to configure Power Option settings as the figure shows.

An alternative is to use the Group Policy Extensions for Desktops from Quest Software. These extensions supplement the Group Policy capabilities of native Windows to include, among other things, the ability to set Power Options. Visit http://wm.quest.com/products/grouppolicyextensions/features_and_benefits.asp for more information about the extensions.