Windows XP, as it comes out of the box, often gets changed. Computer vendors apply value-added utilities and customize the look-and-feel of the operating system to optimize the experience for their clients. IST has done the same thing for PCs in Academic Support departments. Many changes were made for security reasons, others for usability. This document attempts to define both:
Remote policies are desired, whenever possible, because they affect large groups of PCs the same, and assure that PCs are not left vulnerable if a local setting is overlooked. To view the changes that affect a workstation when it becomes “managed” click:
The following web references exist for those of you that crave more details than provided in the list above.
Some policies are applied for the protection of the client. Others are applied for the protection of the organization. When a client’s workstation is violated, it often affects more than just the workstation. In an attempt to avoid this it is asked that all workstations in ADS be subjected to this list of Mandatory Policies.
For a variety of reasons some clients wish to manage the workstations they use themselves, with as little outside influence as possible. However, if you are interested in the details of what has been applied to a workstation within a fully managed OU a list of all Optional Policies Applied to Academic Support OU’s has been provided.
Not all changes can be applied by domain policy. Others are important enough that they should apply whether-or-not the PC is connected to the network. This List of Changes lists most of what we modify locally on a workstation in Academic Support in ADS before delivering the PC to the department.
Lastly, these links are included for completeness. Windows XP has its share of security concerns. This web page identifies some of them. It also graphically displays a few of the more basic usability changes we’ve applied.
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Document created by: Manfred Grisebach. Last Updated: March 14th , 2005