New in Windows Server 2003 - Software restriction policies in Windows Server 2003


Preventing the execution or installation of unauthorized programs on

Windows 2003 Server and Windows XP is now possible with a new feature

called software restriction policies. Software restriction polices

allow you as an administrator to control what programs are installed on

the servers and workstations in your environment, thus creating a more

secure and supportable infrastructure to manage.

Software restriction policies are a special type of group policy that

can be applied to either users or machines. Additionally, they can be

applied to a single computer, OU, domain or site object within Active

Directory. If you apply the software restriction policy to a user, that

policy will be active no matter where the user logs on to the network.

If the policy is applied to a machine, then any user of that machine

will receive that policy.

Software restriction policies utilize two different rules - either

"unrestricted" or "disallowed". By using the

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