Windows Vista Group Policy Reference available

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The Group Policy Settings Reference for Microsoft Windows Vista is available here (as the SBS diva pointed out). Now we can finally look at the Group Policies that will be available for administrators instead of guessing on the information that was available for Beta 2 and RC 1.

The Instructions page of the reference gives a small introduction:

This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the administrative template files (admx/adml) delivered with Windows Vista (RTM build 6000).

The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Windows Vista , Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000. These files are used to expose policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs) using Group Policy Object Editor (also known as GPEdit).

You can use the filtering capabilities included in this spreadsheet to view a specific subset of data based on one value or a combination of values that are available in one or more of the columns. In addition, you can click Custom in the drop-down list of any of the column headings to add additional filtering criteria within that column.

To view a specific subset of data, click the drop-down arrow in the column heading of cells that contain the value or combination of values on which you want to filter and then click the desired value in the drop-down list. For example, to view a subset of policy settings that are available for Windows Vista in the “All” worksheet, click the drop-down arrow next to Supported On, and then click At least Windows Vista.

What's New

The spreadsheet contains three new columns. These columns provide more information about each policy setting's behavior regarding reboots, logoffs and schema extensions.These columns are:

  • Reboot Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires a restart before it applies the described policy setting.
  • Logoff Required: A "Yes" in this column means Windows requires the user to log off and log on again before it applies the described policy setting.
  • Active Directory Schema or Domain Requirements: A "Yes" in this column means you extend your Active Directory Schema before deploying this policy setting

(detailed documentation for schema changes will be available online after Microsoft releases Windows Vista).

Happy administring!

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