Security+ Objective 1.3 Implement OS hardening practices and procedures to achieve workstation and server security – Group Policies

If you have to manage a large number of computers, you don’t want to have to make configuration changes one by one.  Group policies allow an administrator to centrally manage the configuration settings of systems on the network. 

For example, a user can go the firewall settings on an individual system and turn it off.  If there is a group policy that controls the firewall settings, individual users will not be able make changes to those settings.  If you need to configure VPN settings in your domain, you can quickly and easily create one policy and apply it to every system enterprise wide.  This is very powerful, so make sure you test your settings before you unleash them in the production environment.  Almost every aspect of the user interface and security of a system can be set by using group policies.

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