What is the function of a local group policy editor?


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The function of a Local Group Policy Editor, which is a Microsoft Management Console snap-in, is to set up and change Group Policy settings within Group Policy Objects. Administrators often use Group Policy settings for many networked computers and users.

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The Local Group Policy Editor consists of two major parts: user configuration and computer configuration. User configuration stores the settings that are connected to users at sign in and during background refreshes. Computer configuration stores the settings that are connected to computers at start up and during background refreshes. More specific types of policies include Security and Administrative Templates. For example, with Administrative Templates settings, Local Group Policy Editor lets administrators see information about operating system requirements and more through the console web view.

The Local Group Policy Editor is flexible and can be extended through administrators' uniquely written Administrative Template files for Local Group Policy Editor.

Part of what Group Policy does is control what users are allowed to do on a network. For instance, if an employer wants employees to choose passwords of a certain level of complexity, network administrators can enforce group policy settings calling for certain character, length or other criteria when choosing passwords. Group Policy also lets administrators set controls over remote computer access to networks and folders.

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