Has someone been tampering with your files? Has your work been screwed up because of accidental system software changes? Have you ever been locked out of your computer? Well if the answer to any of these questions is yes, then Windows System Policy Editor may be just the book you're looking for. When you're searching for a way to standardize desktop settings, prevent users from modifying the hardware and environment settings, or control or restrict user actions, then you need to use the Windows policy editor. It gives you the capability to create or edit local registry values. How do you set up different security restrictions for each user? What do you do if you want to set up a policy for a group rather than a single user? How do you configure desktops for roving users so that any computer they use will have the same look? Now that you have your network security, how do you protect your computer if it is unplugged from the network? These are just a few of the questions that Windows System Policy Editor will answer.
This book covers: Different types of system policies, what they control and how to modify them Installing the Policy Editor and Creating the policy file Setting default workstation security In-depth discussion of the Administrative files Security issues Troubleshooting The differences between the Win 95 and Win98 policy editor Procedures applied to a stand-alone computer as well as a networked computer Computer security on publicly accessed computers has unique challenges, today more than ever before, and if you're in charge of administering workstations in a school, library, office, or any environment where increased security would be invaluable, you'll benefit from reading this book.
Stacey Anderson-Redick has been working in the computer field for the last 12 years as a network administrator and technician. She has her own web page devoted to the System Policy Editor, http://www.cadvision.com/redicks/security.htm and her site has gotten over 50,000 hits since its inception in 1998.
Preface 1. The Hidden Cost of Computers Communal Workstations System Policies Summary 2. A System Policies Primer User Profiles System Policies Registry and Policy File Edit Modes Poledit Versus Regedit Summary 3. Preparation and Planning System Requirements Computer Policies Conflicts Conflict Resolution Lists Case Studies Worksheet for Your Own Organization Preparing Your Users Acceptable-Use Policy Summary 4. Building the Policy File Installing the System Policy Editor Remote Registry Editing Creating a Policy File for a Windows 9x Workstation Preparing a Workstation Automating the Windows 9x Setup Testing the Policy File The Microsoft Family Logon Miscellaneous Advice Summary 5. It's Not Perfect Lack of Security in Windows 9x Passwords: Your First Line of Defense Hardware Vulnerabilities System Policy Editor Policies and Vulnerabilities Problems Related to Microsoft Office Other Vulnerabilities Other Tips to Increase Workstation Security Internet Security Sites Summary 6. Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Tables Locked Out Summary 7. Standalone Windows 9x Workstations Windows NT4 Workstations Standalone Versus Networked User Conflicts Planning the Policy File Prepare the Workstation Back Up the Registry Create a Policy File Edit the Local Computer Policy Test the Policy File Copying the Policy File to Other Workstations Microsoft Family Logon Using the System Policy Editor Without User Profiles Final Tips Summary 8. Creating a Custom Template The Four Zones Part Types Make a Template Summary 9. The Policy Templates How to Read This Chapter Template Name Policy Template Downloads System Templates Admin.adm Appsini.adm Common.adm Shell.adm, Sp1shell.adm and shellm.adm Windows.adm Winnt.adm NetWare Templates Client32.adm Novell.adm Nwnt.adm Zero Administration Kit Templates Zak95.adm and Zak98.adm ZakwinNT.adm Internet Explorer Templates Axaa.adm Chat.adm Conf.adm Ieak.adm Inetcorp.adm Inetres.adm Inetresm.adm Inetset.adm Inetsetm.adm Oe.adm Oem.adm Subs.adm and Subsm.adm Wmp.adm Office 97 Templates Access97.adm Off97w95.adm, Off97nt4.adm and Off97w98.adm Outlk97.adm Query97.adm Office 2000 Templates Access9.adm Clipgal5.adm Excel9.adm Frontpg4.adm Instlr1.adm Office9.adm Outlk9.adm PPoint9.adm Pub9.adm Word9.adm Miscellaneous Templates Cpanel.adm Date.adm Scrsave.adm A. Sample Acceptable Use Policy B. Third-Party Security Programs Index