How to Configure Your PC to Academic Support Standards
Changes Applied Remotely by joining ADS
As discussed in the Introduction more customizations to your Windows XP operating system occur when you join your PC to the ADS domain. Please note that very few policies are considered mandatory. Most are desired by the departments you may be part of and are applied by virtue of departmental (or Organizational Unit) membership.
Advantages to joining your computer to the ADS domain are discussed in “Setting_up_a_Notebook_versus_a_Desktop.htm”. If there is not enough benefit cited there to join the domain the subsections below identify exactly what changes are applied. The example workstation (and user) in the detailed list has been joined to the IST Organizational Unit and has all changes required of that department listed.
Mandatory Policies Applied
These are the policies applied to all workstations that join the ADS domain. The primary reason for most of them is security.
Optional Policies Applied to departmental PCs
These are the policies applied to a computer joined to a departmental organizational unit, specifically IST in this example.
Affect of Policies Applied
Less Detailed Reference
To see a less detailed summary of policies applied go to: http://Windows.uwaterloo.ca/Managed/Remote_Changes_Applied_to_Managed_ADS_Workstations.htm
Created by: Manfred Grisebach, Based on notes by: Peter Schepers Last Updated: March 30th 2005