Using RES Software Workspace Manager 2011 for regulating Group Policies

30 november 2011 om 20:54 Wouter Arts General

If you are running Workspace Manager from RES Software for managing and composing User Workspace Environments it can give you a "one stop shop" principle to do all of your management from simple drive mappings to advanced security and performance configurations. One of the features of Workspace Manager is to let the product apply and manage Group Policies to your environment instead of Active Directory Group Policy Objects via the Group Policy Management Console.

The advantages of using Workspace Manager for applying and managing your Group Policies are the single Management Console, ability to use Workspaces and Locations and Devices and your Policy Results are reported by the Workspace Analysis reporting feature.

The disadvantage is that your basically on your own to find the right Administrative Templates and find out which policy settings resides in which Administrative Template. This can be quite challenging since Windows 7 / 2008 R2 has "only" 156 default Administrative Templates built-in.

To be able to figure out which policy setting resides in which Administrative Templates you can use the following techniques:

  1. Knowing for sure
  2. Guessing
  3. Comparing with Active Directory Group Policy Objects
  4. Searching


The first technique knowing for sure is the most ideal technique, but it's (almost J) impossible to memorize every possible policy setting from every Administrative Template. A couple are still quite easy to find like for example the Offline Files Administrative Template.


Another technique could be guessing, this way I found the setting how to apply a specific language of an Operating System from choosing the Globalization Administrative Template.

Comparing with Active Directory Group Policy Objects

Based on the different components from the Active Directory Group Policy Objects you might be able to roughly identify which setting can be found in which Administrative Template.


The smartest and quickest way of finding settings is searching within the Administrative Templates ADMX files themselves. This can be done by using a third party index tool like for example Total Commander (Freeware ? found here) or using Microsoft Reference Document on Group Policies for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 found here. Within the default Administrative Templates there are almost 1.700 (!) different settings which can be configured from the System.admx, Inetres.admx, Conf.admx, Wuau.admx and the Wmplayer.admx.

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