5 most important Group Policy settings to configure

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Ross, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. Ross

    Ross Guest

    Hi all,

    Sorry for all the questions today -

    After installing a new sbs2003 sp1 server and having XP clients what are
    your first edits to the group policy you set? Im just looking for ideas in
    case im missing something important.

    so what do you deem to be the most important Group Policy changes to make?
    Ross, Oct 3, 2006
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  2. I try to avoid changing the existing GPOs as much as possible, and prefer
    to create my own additional ones as needed.

    The key policies I almost always add are:

    * a Windows Firewall exception for Anti-Virus software,
    * software deployment for Adobe Reader and now also Opera.

    Another useful one if (like me) you don't run users as local
    administrators, and therefore don't allocate users to PCs is:

    * use Restricted Groups to add the domain "RWW users" group to the local
    group "BUILTIN\Remote Desktop Users"
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Oct 3, 2006
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    Oh, really? Got anything to back that up? I leave the firewall enabled
    everywhere, with the appropriate exceptions for localsubnet.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 3, 2006
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    Disable offline files (I don't use 'em, ptui)
    Force Windows XP to classic mode & classic start menu
    Folder redirection (I use my own custom GPO for this) for My Documents, and
    prevent user from changing that path
    Password complexity & expiration
    Add Administrators to roaming profiles folder(s).

    I do more than that, but you asked for 5. :)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 3, 2006
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  6. Don't be silly. Turning it off is more likely to increase traffic (since
    anything can then flow).

    I routinely run networks with the Windows Firewall on. It provides a
    little bit of extra protection against malware, etc. to your network.

    SBS2003 R2 handles this for you, if you're on that. Note that upgrading to
    R2 will kill any existing WSUS configuration you may have done.
    Steve Foster [SBS MVP], Oct 5, 2006
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    You'll need to provide more info, I'm afraid. What exactly slows down? The
    Windows firewall does not block outbound traffic. Perhaps you should look in
    your workstations' event logs.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 13, 2006
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