I'm a network administrator getting ready to migrate my organization to Windows 2000 and Active Directory (AD). Where can I get information about understanding and managing Win2K Group Policy Objects (GPOs) to get the most from this upgrade?

A. I can recommend several excellent resources. First, you can visit Windows 2000 Magazine's Web site (http://www.win2000mag.com), navigate to the Topics list, and select Group Policy to view a list of related articles. Second, Microsoft provides a great deal of Group Policy information in various white papers, which you can access through the Management subsection of the Windows 2000 Web site (http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/library/howitworks/default.asp). Third, Darren Mar-Elia has written an e-book titled The Definitive Guide to Windows 2000 Group Policy (Realtime-publishers.com), which you can receive for free by registering at Full Armor's Web site (http://www.fullarmor.com/ebook).

A fourth—and oft-overlooked—Group Policy reference is a Help file included with the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit and the Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit. The file, gp.chm, resides in the resource kits' primary installation folder. This file contains valuable and thorough explanations of all Win2K's default policies and the registry values they affect.

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