Tonight starts week 2 of my quest! Bruce again! With the release Windows Server 2012 we all have to start learning the new features of the product. This night I am studying Group Policy. Below I highlighted what is new in Group Policy and listed some resources to bring you to speed at the same time.

Fast Startup - Fast Startup decreases the time it takes to shut down and start a computer by causing the computer to enter a hibernate state instead of performing a full shutdown.

Understand the Effect of Fast Logon Optimization and Fast Startup on Group Policy

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj573586.aspx

Group Policy Infrastructure Status – Built in now you can find out the status of the AD and Sysvol replication as it relates to Group Policy Object

Check Group Policy Infrastructure Status

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134176.aspx

Remote Group Policy Updates – With powershell or GPMC you can remotely run gpupdate on a computer

Force a Remote Group Policy Refresh (GPUpdate)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj134201.aspx

Improved Group Policy PowerShell support – We now have a cmdlet to do gpupdate called Invoke-GPUpdate

Group Policy Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee461027.aspx

Improved Group Policy Results Reporting – We can now see if a slow link or fast link is detected, block inheritance is set, and if loopback is enabled

Group Policy Client service idle state - Group Policy processes now act as a scheduled task instead of an continuous running service

Local Group Policy support for Windows RT – We can management Windows RT with GPO.

 

 

Resources to use to study

What's New in Group Policy

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574108.aspx

Group Policy Overview

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831791.aspx

Group Policy Settings Reference Spreadsheet

http://blogs.technet.com/b/grouppolicy/archive/2012/09/24/group-policy-settings-reference-spreadsheet.aspx