A while ago, I've blogged about the "Start GPOs" concept as Group Policy base templates and today a first set of downloadable templates (Start GPOs) are made available.
Starter Group Policy objects (GPOs), introduced in Group Policy (GPMC) for Windows Server 2008, are collections of configured Administrative template (.admx) policy settings that you can use to create a live GPO.
You can use one Starter GPOs package to create live GPOs that can be applied to clients running Windows Vista; the other package can be used to create live GPOs that can be applied to clients running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and later. Each of the two packages (Windows Vista and Windows XP SP2) in this download contains four starter GPOs.
- Windows Vista EC Computer
- Windows Vista EC User
- Windows Vista SSLF Computer
- Windows Vista SSLF User
- Windows XP SP2 EC Computer
- Windows XP SP2 EC User
- Windows XP SP2 SSLF Computer
- Windows XP SP2 SSLF User
The Starter GPOs in the Windows Vista package are based on recommended settings for the Specialized Security - Limited Functionality (SSLF) and Enterprise Client (EC) environments, as documented in the Windows Vista Security Guide.
The Starter GPOs in the Windows XP SP 2 or later package are based on the same settings for the same environments, as documented in the Windows XP Security Guide.
NOTE: You can start using the StarterGPOs functionality without needing Windows Server 2008, using the new GPMC as part of the Vista SP1 RSAT bundle.
After installing both packages, you just have to load the .CAB files into the Starter GPOs container from the installed location (default: %Program Files%\Microsoft Group Policy\StarterGPOs) using GPMC.
And you're ready to go, creating new Group Policy object based on the GPO templates or Starter GPOs.
And what exact settings are in it? Have a look through Settings tab...
All StarterGPOs are stored inside the domain SYSVOL StarterGPOs folder.
Remember, nothing prevents you from creating your own StarterGPO for special roles/purposes you have in mind from within the StarterGPOs node inside GPMC ...
Download the StarterGPO packages here.