The Group Policy is an integral part of the Windows operating system, on which many a IT Pro, Beginners and Tweak enthusiasts count on to customize and enforce settings on their computers. The Group Policy Editor, however is not included in every edition of Windows. For instance, in Windows 8, the Group Policy is included only with Windows 8 Pro Edition.
Microsoft has updated and made available as a download, the complete Group Policy Settings Reference Guide for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The download is available in the form of spreadsheets for different operating systems. So you can download the spreadsheet only for those operating system/s which you may be interested in.
Group Policy Settings Reference Guide
The Group Policy Editor offers filtering options. This spreadsheets too offer filtering capabilities, that will let you view a specific subset of data, based on one value or a combination of values that are available in one or more of the columns.
These spreadsheets list the policy settings for computer and user configurations that are included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating systems specified. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy Objects.
What is also very useful in these spreadsheets, is that it also lists the registry keys which are affected when the settings are changed. Of course, you can always use the Group Policy Settings Search, to know the registry key and value name that backs a particular policy setting, but these spreadsheets put them all in one place.
The Administrative Template spreadsheet contains three columns that provide more information about each policy setting’s behavior related to reboots, logoffs, and schema extensions. These columns are the following:
- Logoff Required: A “Yes” in this column means that the Windows operating system requires the user to log off and log on again before it applies the described policy setting.
- Reboot Required: A “Yes” in this column means that the Windows operating systems requires a restart before it applies the described policy setting.
- Active Directory Schema or Domain Requirements: A “Yes” in this column means that you must extend the Active Directory schema before you can deploy this policy setting.
- Status: A “New” in this column means that the setting did not exist prior to Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. It does not mean that the setting applies only to Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Refer to the column entitled “supported on” to determine to which operating system the policy setting applies.
Download now: Microsoft.
Post dated 19th Sept 2012, updated on 11th Nov 2013.