To help prepare Group Policy administrators who are familiar with PolicyMaker Standard Edition to upgrade to Group Policy preferences, this document provides a guide to the differences between Group Policy preferences and PolicyMaker Standard Edition. These differences include the following:

  • New folders have been added to the editing window of the GPMC, and extensions familiar from PolicyMaker Standard Edition have been incorporated.
  • New preference item types (formerly policy item types) have been added to support Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Internet Explorer 7. Additionally, the Network Shares extension, previously available as PolicyMaker Share Manager, has been included with Group Policy preferences.
  • The names of some preference item types have been modified to specify which operating systems or Web browsers they support.
  • Filtering has been renamed item-level targeting, and the Targeting Editor window provides an improved user interface for configuring targeting for each preference item (formerly policy item).
  • The names of some options on the Common tab have been changed to clarify their purpose.
  • Features related to the Applications extension and Mail Profiles extension will be available for download separately to adhere to legal requirements, and Message Box filtering has been removed to improve security.
  • Support has been added for new operating systems, and support for some earlier operating systems has been deprecated and removed. However, client-side extensions (CSEs) for Group Policy preferences are available for download for many earlier operating systems. Additionally, GPMC reporting has been updated to support Group Policy preferences, and the Group Policy Software Development Kit (SDK) will be updated to replace the PolicyMaker SDK.

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