The following sections provide a comprehensive list of BitLocker group policy settings that are organized by usage. BitLocker group policy settings include settings for specific drive types (operating system drives, fixed data drives, and removable data drives) and settings that are applied to all drives.
If non-TPM protectors are allowed on operating system drives, a password, enforcement of complexity requirements on the password, and configuration of a minimum length for the password can all be provisioned. For the complexity requirement setting to be effective, the group policy setting Password must meet complexity requirements, which is located at Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy, must be also enabled.
If use of passwords is allowed, requiring a password to be used, enforcement of password complexity requirements, and password minimum length can all be configured. For the complexity requirement setting to be effective, the group policy setting Password must meet complexity requirements, which is located at Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy, must also be enabled.
This policy setting can be overridden with the policy settings under User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access. If the Removable Disks: Deny write access policy setting is enabled, this policy setting will be ignored.
Because BCDEdit commands can be altered manually before Group Policy settings have been set, the policy setting can't be returned to the default setting by selecting the Not Configured option after this policy setting has been configured. To return to the default pre-boot recovery screen leave the policy setting enabled and select the Use default message options from the Choose an option for the pre-boot recovery message drop-down list box.
This policy controls how BitLocker-enabled system volumes are handled with the Secure Boot feature. Enabling this feature forces Secure Boot validation during the boot process and verifies Boot Configuration Data (BCD) settings according to the Secure Boot policy.
When this policy is enabled and the hardware is capable of using secure boot for BitLocker scenarios, the Use enhanced Boot Configuration Data validation profile group policy setting is ignored, and secure boot verifies BCD settings according to the secure boot policy setting, which is configured separately from BitLocker.
This group policy setting only applies to computers with a native UEFI firmware configuration. Computers with BIOS or UEFI firmware with a Compatibility Support Module (CSM) enabled store different values in the Platform Configuration Registers (PCRs). Use the Configure TPM platform validation profile for BIOS-based firmware configurations Group Policy setting to configure the TPM PCR profile for computers with BIOS configurations or for computers with UEFI firmware with a CSM enabled.
Note Before installing the July 2021 Out-of-band and later Windows updates containing protections for CVE-2021-34527, the printer operators' security group could install both signed and unsigned printer drivers on a printer server. Starting with the July 2021 Out-of-band update, administrator credentials will be required to install signed and unsigned printer drivers on a printer server. Optionally, to override all Point and Print Restrictions Group policy settings and ensure that only administrators can install printer drivers on a print server, configure the RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators registry value to 1.
You can use the GPResult command with /r option to display the Rsop summary of applied group policy on your Windows Desktop or Server including, OS configuration, OS version, OU information, Security groups, user profile, and more:
GPResult is a command line tool that shows the resultant set of policy for group policy objects. In other words, it creates a report that displays what group policy objects are applied to a user and computer.
Multiple group policy settings are bundled together in a set called a Group Policy object (GPO). Once an administrator configures the Group Policies in the GPO as necessary, he/she can then link the GPO to the container objects. The objects within the containers in question will then act within the boundaries and rules set by the policies in the GPO it was assigned. GPOs can be created and managed using the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).
The password policy is read from Group Policy and applied to these attributes by the domain controller holding the PDC emulator role when it runs gpupdate. But the settings do not have to come from the built-in Default Domain Policy. In reality, these are the criteria for a password policy GPO:
The gpupdate /force command is probably the most used group policy update command. When you use the /force switch, all the policy settings are reapplied. For most use cases this is perfectly fine, but keep in mind, when you have a lot of group policies objects (GPO) or in a large environment, using the /force will put a huge load on the domain controllers.
Not all policy changes are applied immidiately. Due to Fast Boot, for example, are some settings only applied when the users logs in on the computer. Some settings even require a reboot to be applied.
It remains to update group policy settings on client computers (with the gpupdate command: gpupdate /force), and check proxy settings in IE (Control Panel > Network and Internet > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings).
If you want the proxy server settings to be applied to users based on the IP subnet where their devices are located, you can use the GPP Item Level-Targeting. To do this, switch to the Common tab in the policy settings and check the Item-Level Targeting option. Click on the Targeting button.
When a policy with proxy server settings is applied to a user computer, it changes the values of the registry settings under the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings.
This prevents users from changing the security zone settings set by the administrator. Once enabled, this policy disables the Custom Level button and the security-level slider on the Security tab in the Internet Options dialog box. See Figure 3.
While having the ability to target security groups is cool, ILT provides far more granularity. For example, what if the registry key were only applicable for machines that run Windows 10 Professional edition? In this case, you can add a condition that members of the security group must also be running that particular OS, as shown below in Figure 8. Of course, if the combined value of all targeting items for a preference item is false, then the settings in the GPPrefs item are not applied to the user or computer.
PolicyPak is a modern desktop management solution that maximizes the management tools you already have. PolicyPak allows you to configure, deploy, and manage policies for your Windows environments using Microsoft Group Policy Editor, SCCM, or other systems management systems. Its solution suite gives you super admin powers to do things such as use ILT with Administrative Templates settings. As you can see from the screenshot below in Figure 10, the policy creation process mimics that of traditional group policy.
In the previous articles, we have described the steps on How to Install and Configure the WSUS server role on Windows Server 2019. In this post, we will configure the group policy settings to deploy automatic updates for client computers.
Using local group policy, you can make changes to the local system settings. The scope of local group policy is the local users of that specific computer. You can either apply group policy objects using local computer policy or using local user policy.
Domain group policy is applied from the Windows Server Active Directory Domain Controller to computers connected to that domain. These are network wide policies which are normally handled by sysadmins.How to check which Group Policies are applied?There are two ways to know what policies have been applied to your computer, or your user.Check applied Group Policies using Resultant Set of PolicyThe most convenient way of checking what local policies are applied to your user or computer is through the Resultant Set of Policy (RSOP). This tool is very much similar to the Group Policy Editor, the only catch is that it does not allow you to edit the policies. 2b1af7f3a8