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Summary

This white paper focuses on implementing registry-based Group Policy for applications that you are developing. This document begins with some details on what registry-based policy is, and when to use it. From there, the steps to develop registry based policy are described. The appendix to this white paper contains a full language reference to the .adm language used to deploy registry based policies.

Group Policy is the foundation of the IntelliMirror™ management technologies in the Windows 2000® Server operating system. To make use of all of its features, Group Policy requires Active Directory and Windows 2000 clients. In this environment, it allows an administrator to define and control the state of computers and users in an organization. Group Policy may be set on the following containers of the Active Directory: Sites, Domains, and Organizational Units (OUs). Additionally, the effect of Group Policy may be filtered using memberships in security groups. Once set, the system (Group Policy) maintains that state without further intervention.

The following table lists the components of Group Policy.

Component Description
Administrative Templates Registry based policy, known as System Policy in Windows NT® Server 4.0.
Security Settings Security settings for domains, computers and users.
Software Installation Assign or publish applications.
Internet Explorer Maintenance Administer Internet Explorer after deployment.
Scripts User logon/logoff and computer startup/shutdown.
Folder Redirection The ability to re-direct folders and files to the network.

This document focuses on how you can implement registry-based policy for your application. The following topics are presented:

  • Overview of registry-based policy.
  • When to use registry-based policy.
  • How to design, develop, and test registry-based policy.
  • Language reference for the .adm language used by registry-based policy.

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