Configure, Target, and Comment Preference Items
Updated: April 17, 2012
Applies To: Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012
The Group Policy Management Console allows you to configure preferences when you edit any domain-based Group Policy object. The Preferences node appears under Computer Configuration and User Configuration . The editor displays preference extensions under two categories: Windows Settings and Control Panel Settings .
Preference extensions under Windows Settings include:
Applications Extension: Configure settings for applications.
Drive Maps Extension: Create, modify, or delete mapped drives, and configure the visibility of all drives.
Environment Extension: Create, modify, or delete environment variables.
Files Extension: Copy, modify the attributes of, replace, or delete files.
Folders Extension: Create, modify, or delete folders.
Ini Files Extension: Add, replace, or delete sections or properties in configuration settings (.ini) or setup information (.inf) files.
Network Shares Extension: Create, modify, or delete ("un-share") shares.
Registry Extension: Copy registry settings and apply them to other computers. Create, replace, or delete registry settings.
Shortcuts Extension: Create, modify, or delete shortcuts.
Preference extensions under Control Panel Settings include:
Data Sources Extension: Create, modify, or delete Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) data source names.
Devices Extension: Enable or disable hardware devices or classes of devices.
Folder Options Extension: Configure folder options; create, modify, or delete Open With associations for file name extensions; create, modify, or delete file name extensions associated with a type of files.
Internet Settings Extension: Modify user-configurable Internet settings.
Local Users and Groups Extension: Create, modify, or delete local users and groups.
Network Options Extension: Create, modify, or delete virtual private networking (VPN) or dial-up networking connections.
Power Options Extension: Modify power options and create, modify, or delete power schemes.
Printers Extension: Create, modify, or delete TCP/IP, shared, and local printer connections.
Regional Options Extension: Modify regional options.
Scheduled Tasks Extension: Create, modify, or delete scheduled or immediate tasks.
Services Extension: Modify services.
Start Menu Extension: Modify Start menu options.