This is Jeremy’s eighth edition to his popular (original) title, “Group Policy, Profiles and IntelliMirror.” In this edition, Jeremy’s returned back to his “roots” and brought the best of Group Policy and the managed desktop back under one roof, er, book. This is the THIRD edition of this title Group Policy: Fundamentals, Security and the Managed Desktop. The latest book has GEARS on the cover and covers up thru Windows 10 and Server 2016.
Why you need this book?
This is the “Industry Standard” book that practically all Active Directory and Group Policy administrators have on their desks, right now. In this fully revised edition, Jeremy covers all updates to Windows 10 and 2016 and includes all the most important items for older operating systems.
This book is an unbelievable resource for anyone needing “The Word” on Group Policy. Incredibly clear, highly detailed, and well organized! This goes way beyond any documentation that has been produced Jeremy clearly spent a LOT of time digging through the guts of Group Policy and testing EVERYTHING. There is information here I haven’t seen anywhere else I would not be surprised if Microsoft’s own Group Policy team learned a few things from reading this book. If you are planning, deploying, or troubleshooting Group Policy, do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK! Phenomenal!
Dan Holme, Intelliem
I agree with the other reviewers this book is an absolute must for any Windows 2000/2003 administrator. Other books touch on Group Policy but Jeremy breaks it down and really explains what is going on. You want to create your own custom policies… it’s in there. Group Policy is not applying; how do you troubleshoot… it’s in there. You want in-depth coverage of roaming profiles… it’s in there. You want to know how the GPMC works… it’s in there.
You get my point. Group Policy is one of the most important aspects of AD and this book hits the ball out of the park. I also recommend his previous book Windows 2000 Group Policy. This book is also endorsed by Mark Minasi and Michael Dennis (Microsoft Group Policy Manger) so you know it has to be good. Trust the reviews and buy this one.
Each edition of Jeremy’s book has outdone the other. I’ve read each of them and I continue to learn new things every time I open it. I appreciated the expanded section on Troubleshooting and how to tap into the great new Vista tools to make troubleshooting much easier. Vista security management via GP is well documented and I can’t wait to dive in. Real world anecdotes and light ‘n fun writing style make for enjoyable reading for a complex and deep subject like GP.
I buy every new edition that comes out. This particular edition includes major new updates for Vista, such as ADMX templates. I teach courses on Windows security at SANS and I recommend the latest version of Jeremy’s GPO book at every conference to my attendees. This is one of the few must have books for Windows network administrators.
Jason Fossen, SANS institute
This is an absolutely awesome book. Right away I was able to easily understand why some of my group policies weren’t working and it explained why it takes so long for some PC’s to get assigned software. I highly recommend getting this book if you are going to be creating Group Policies. It’s a must have!!!
This book is, without a doubt, the best technical reference book I’ve ever read. The concepts are explained clearly and thoroughly. The examples are relevant to almost every production environment. Want to know how to get the most out of the new GPMC? It’s explained in detail in the book. Not sure how you can handle printer mappings through GP? It’s in the book, with a real world example and a VB script to help out. Need help determining how to handle profiles and folder redirection? There are entire chapters dedicated to this very topic. If you are struggling with how to make use of Group Policy to manage your desktop and server environment, BUY THIS BOOK. NOW!!!!!
Eric Johnson (who went on to help me with the 5th edition of the book)
Jeremy Moskowitz books are easy to read. He gives you great examples.
Chris J. Sloan
As is obvious to us “real world” AD Forest Rangers, Group Policy is very powerful and can be very dangerous. Used properly, you can reach new heights along the road to a “well managed environment” but if you aren’t very careful, you can hose EVERY W2k and newer system in your domain (and possibly forest) with just a few clicks. This author has focused on a very complex topic and due to his diligence and thoroughness, readers of this book come out the other side in glorious enlightenment. This book is a TREMENDOUS resource that covers almost every detail of GP that I’ve ever needed. Plus, the extra “Web chapters” at www.gpanswers.com are a great resource, too.
THIS book has exceeded my expectations. It has already solved/answered many problems/questions I’ve had about GP and AD. It is a one stop problem solver. Given all the 5 stars I saw in the reviews before I bought the book, I thought maybe the publisher had padded the reviews. Not so. This is a must have. It covers the basics and more advanced topics of GP, which is something I needed. An example problem I had: We use Roaming Profiles. We have three remote offices and sometimes printers wouldn’t install when a user went from a remote office to our home office. We also needed a way to automatically reset the default printer when a user roamed to a machine in another office. Page 132-133 of this book tells how to do that with a 5-line script. [This book] deserves more than 5 Stars!
William S. Boyd
This book uses any Group Policy knowledge you may think you already have and expands it by 1000% (technically impossible I know but you get my drift!). It’s a pleasure to read and the author’s knowledge and devotion to the subject come shining through. If you need to design or support Group Policy then you must buy this book.
The GPanswers.com forum is closed now (thanks, spammers!)
But we encourage you to join us at LinkedIn in the “GPO Stuff” group.
Jeremy is regular there, and there is a reasonable system to prevent junk posts.
In all, we think it’s the right place to go for Group Policy-specific questions.
It’s a private group, but just JOIN it, and the owner should approve your request.
See you there !
-Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP