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SDM aids Windows Vista policy management

Antony Savvas

Windows Vista group policy management can be made easier with SDM Software's new web-based interface for simplified desktop configuration management.

SDM said GPExpert Desktop Policy Manager secures and configures Windows desktops in two easy steps.

Using an intuitive web-based interface, GPExpert Desktop Policy Manager makes applying security settings and user lock-down policies much easier.

Administrators simply select the policy templates to include and the computers or users to target, and GPExpert Desktop Policy Manager does the rest.

The offering features a comprehensive set of policy templates for computers and users. Computer policy features include templates for security configuration, group membership control, power management and system services security.

User policy features include templates for application restrictions, browser security, desktop lock-down, drive and printer mappings and device restrictions.

In addition to the built-in templates, GPExpert Desktop Policy Manager enables IT administrators to support any additional policy settings for configuration of both computers and users using Microsoft's PowerShell scripting language.

Desktop Policy Manager also supports the industry-standard Service Modeling Language (SML) for describing configuration definitions.

Its built-in approval-based workflow also allows IT organisations to control any changes made to desktop configuration so that companies can remain compliant to their corporate governance requirements.

A free evaluation of the GPExpert Desktop Policy Manager 1.0 is available from SDM's website.


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