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Active Directory/GPO Guides

Posted by Awinish on July 2, 2011


Post-Graduate AD Studies

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2010/07/27/post-graduate-ad-studies.aspx

Everything you need to get started with Active Directory

http://blogs.technet.com/b/ashleymcglone/archive/2012/01/03/everything-you-need-to-get-started-with-active-directory.aspx

Infrastructure Planning and Design

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=732

AD DS Design Guide

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754678%28WS.10%29.aspx

Active Directory Domain Services Operations Guide

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc816807%28WS.10%29.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=16849

Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17157

Active Directory Design Guide by Microsoft

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8133

Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2: Step-by-Step Guides

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mattmcspirit/archive/2009/08/05/remote-desktop-services-in-windows-server-2008-r2-step-by-step-guides.aspx

Microsoft has released group policy for beginners. I saw the guide & found really helpful for beginners who actually wants to start from basics. It can be found at below link.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=20092

For reading it online, refer below.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh147307%28WS.10%29.aspx

Group policy master site(Videos,Guides etc.)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb310732.aspx

Group policy webcast series video

http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/grouppolicy.aspx

 

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Loopback Group Policy Explained

Posted by Awinish on November 11, 2010


Loopback group policy are used to apply user configuration settings on the computer. The loopback policy comes to rescue when you want to apply users configuration settings to the computer irrespective of what what users are login to the particular system.There is two mode basically one is Replace and other Merge mode.  When you select replace mode in the loopback GPO, computer and user configuration configured in that OU will be applied irrespective of the which OU user belongs to and what user configuration GPO has defined in that OU. When you select Merge mode, user and computer configuration configured in the loopback GPO as well as user configuration GPO for the user belongs to the different OU will be applied. In case of conflict user configuration from the loopback GPO will win.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/windows-server-understand-user-group-policy-loopback-processing-mode.aspx

Loopback policy is very effective GPO setting, but it requires proper understanding & planning,before it can be implemented in the live environment. I always believe without proper understand or something new to be tried has to go via lab testing else your production environment will become testing environment and can cause serious business loss to the clients. For testing,create a independent lab which can be either using virtual PC or VMware software. Always, test the GPO before applying to the production because reverting the changes requires time and may not be as simple as applying.

Additional references to help you better understand.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782810%28WS.10%29.aspx

http://cbfive.com/blog/post/Demystifying-Loopback-Policy-Processing.aspx

http://kudratsapaev.blogspot.in/2009/07/loopback-processing-of-group-policy.html

 

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Group Policy Best Practices

Posted by Awinish on November 10, 2010


As i was searching on net for some best practices on GPO, i hit the site & i found its worth for sharing with other folks who want to learn & its been written very well..Kudos to writer.

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/07/best-practice-active-directory-structure-guidelines-part-1/

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/07/best-practice-group-policy-design-guidelines-part-2/

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