New Group Policy Settings In Windows 8 Developer Preview (1 of 2)

So this is a Developer Preview, features not complete yet, but already we can see some very exciting Group Policies. Of course these may change when final product is released. But here it is anyway!

We see the following ADMX files removed:

  • InkWatason.admx
  • InputPersonalization.admx

We also see a 25 completely new group policy templates:

ADMX Description
AppXPackageManager.admx AppX deployment. AppX is the new Windows 8 package format that will be used by the Windows 8 app store.
dam.admx Desktop Activity Monitor
DeviceCompat.admx Device and Driver Compatibility
DeviceSetup.admx Policy settings that control the deployment of device software
EAIME.admx Input Method Configuration
EarlyLaunchAM.admx Early Launch Anti-Malware settings
EdgeUI.admx Contains settings related to system user interfaces attached to the screen edges.
ExternalBoot.admx Contains Portable Workspace policy settings. (Windows to Go)
kdc.admx Configuration settings for the Kerberos Key Distribution Center
LocationProviderAdm.admx Windows Location Provider Service configuration
msched.admx Maintenance Scheduler Policies
nca.admx Network Connectivity Assistant policies
NetworkIsolation.admx Configures Network Isolation Options
ProximityCommon.admx Proximity experiences policies
Servicing.admx Windows Servicing Policies – i.e. automated repair
SettingSync.admx Synchronization of settings
srm-fci.admx Sound Recorder Policies
UserState.admx User State Policies (i.e. offline folders/redirection)
WCM.admx Windows Connection Manager Group Policy Settings
WindowsHistoryVault.admx Windows File History Configuration
WinStoreUI.admx Windows App Store Configuration
wlansvc.admx Wireless LAN configuration
WPN.admx Windows Notification Service settings
WPN.Provider.admx Windows Notification Service settings
wwansvc.admx 3G/4G policies

We also see the following group policy templates have been updated:

ADMX
AppCompat.admx
Biometrics.admx
Bits.admx
ControlPanelDisplay.admx
CredentialProviders.admx
Desktop.admx
DeviceInstallation.admx
Dwm.admx
EnhancedStorage.admx
FolderRedirection.admx
Globalization.admx
GroupPolixy.Admx
Icm.admx
InetRes.admx
Kerberos.admx
Lanmanserver.admx
Logon.admx
Msi.admx
NCSI.admx
netlogon.admx
OfflineFiles.admx
PCA.admx
PeerToPeerCaching.admx
PreviousVersions.admx
Printing.admx
Programs.admx
Search.admx
StartMenu.admx
TabletShell.admx
TaskBar.admx
TerminalServer.admx
TouchInput.admx
TPM.admx
VolumeEncryption.admx
w32time.admx
windows.admx
windowsbackup.admx
windowsdefender.admx
windowsexplorer.admx
windowsproducts.admx
windowsremotemanagement.admx
windowsupdate.admx
wininit.admx

In this first part let’s look at all the new computer settings. In the spreadsheet that can be downloaded below I have detailed 107 new Computer policy settings.

http://www.tiange.com.au/Win8DeveloperPreview_ComputerPolicy.zip

In the next blog I will cover User Policy settings.

About chentiangemalc

specializes in end-user computing technologies. disclaimer 1) use at your own risk. test any solution in your environment. if you do not understand the impact/consequences of what you're doing please stop, and ask advice from somebody who does. 2) views are my own at the time of posting and do not necessarily represent my current view or the view of my employer and family members/relatives. 3) over the years Microsoft/Citrix/VMWare have given me a few free shirts, pens, paper notebooks/etc. despite these gifts i will try to remain unbiased.
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