Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Group Policy - New Policy–Enabled Features

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The last of the changes I’ll cover are the new policies that have been added to support management of new features available in Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Most of the new policies relate to security settings, but a few minor updates have been made to Group Policy preferences as well. Let’s start with the new Group Policy preferences:

• Support for managing the new Power Plans for power management that were introduced in Vista. These are now available in addition to Power Options and Power Schemes. Power Plans require that the client receiving them is running at least Vista.

• Updated Scheduled Tasks preferences now support the newer Task Scheduler that shipped with Server 2008 and beyond, as well as Vista. This new Task Scheduler supports many more options than Windows 2003’s and XP’s Task Scheduler. In addition, Microsoft added Immediate Tasks for Vista and beyond, which lets you create a one-time scheduled task that runs as soon as the policy processes.

• Addition of Internet Explorer (IE) 8 in the Internet Settings preferences, which lets you now configure options specific to IE 8.

Source of Information : Windows IT Pro June 2010

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