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Chapter 15. Managing Local Users > Using Administrative Templates

Using Administrative Templates

The Administrative Templates folder in the Group Policy Object tree gives you the most options for controlling how the computer environment is presented to the user. You can perform a number of functions in this folder, including the following:

  • Windows Components—You can enable or disable certain Windows components with this selection.

  • Start Menu and Task Bar—This selection allows you to remove items from the Start Menu and the Task Bar. You can remove links to Windows Update for example, or common program groups, the My Documents icon, the Search Assistant, the Help Menu, the Run menu, and so on.

  • Desktop—With this selection, you can hide and disable all items on the desktop, remove the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop, and otherwise determine what functions users can access from the desktop.

  • Control Panel—You can use this option to hide certain Control Panel applets or to completely prohibit the user from accessing the Control Panel. You also can use this selection to force the Control Panel to be presented in Classic View, rather than the new Category View.

  • Shared Folders—You can use this setting to allow folders to be shared and Distributed File System (DFS) roots to be published in the Active Directory (if you are part of a domain).

  • Network—You can use this option to enable or disable such things as offline files or to configure a large number of network capabilities.

  • System—This entry in the MMC tree allows you to control a large number of items ranging from user profiles in order to prevent access to the command prompt and Registry editing tools.



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