New policies in Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 includes over 350 new policies administrators can use to manage the new features of these platforms. Some of the new types of policies for these new platforms include policies for managing the following:

  • BitLocker Volume Encryption

  • BranchCache (for example, to configure peer-to-peer caching)

  • Credential provider (for example, to configure Picture Password sign-in)

  • Desktop personalization (for example, to configure Lock screen and Start screen background)

  • Device driver setup and compatibility settings

  • DNSClient settings (for example, to configure smart protocol reordering and response preferences)

  • External boot options for Windows-to-Go

  • File History settings

  • Hotspot authentication

  • Internet Explorer 10 customization (includes over 150 new settings)

  • Kerberos armoring

  • Managing enterprise installation of Windows 8 apps

  • Folder Redirection (for example, to configure redirection only on a user’s primary computer)

  • Remote Desktop Services (for example, to configure RDP 8.0 and RemoteFX)

  • Windows Explorer user-interface settings

  • Printing (for example, to configure the new v4[rl1]  simplified print-provider architecture)

  • Start-screen customization (for example, to configure whether to show Run As Different User on the Start screen)

  • Sync Your Settings (for example, to sync to SkyDrive)

  • TCPIP (for example, to configure Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) stateless autoconfiguration)

  • The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) (for example, to configure a backup of TPM to Active Directory)

  • User interface customization (for example, to turn off switching between recent apps)

  • User profile roaming (for example, to allow roaming only on a user’s primary computer)

  • VSS Provider Shadow Copies (for the File Server role service)

  • Windows PowerShell execution policy

  • Windows Store (to turn it on or off)

  • Wireless WAN (for example, to configure cost policies for 3G/4G networks)

The above tip was excerpted from Mitch Tulloch’s book Training Guide: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.

Mitch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see

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